Well, I did a test of both 720 & 1080 with & without Image stab & FD. I did not notice much of a difference with IS & FD. The video seemed unchanged whether they were on or off. I didn't like any 30 fps format (720 or 1080). The 60 FPS is the best format to record in. I found the 60fps dramatically reduced the motion blur and the video was much more smooth.
The pictures it takes are really no different then a cell phone at say, 3.2 mpxs.
In fact, the video, also reminds me of the vid my cell phone takes (lg envy touch/Dare). If my cell phone took video at 1080, the performance would be comparable to the zi8, or perhaps any pocketcam.
I just cannot keep this thing steady at all. Before this I shot on a Panasonic MiniDV and the filming was tight. Maybe a little too stiff. Was the panny THAT much better at image stabilization or was the style easier to hold which helped I.S.? I cannot keep the zi8 steady while walking at all.
An interview with good lighting on a tripod, assuming the people aren't moving around a lot, 720p 60fps, is where this camera is at.
My boss want me to film him driving in his car as we do a video tour "How to enter the Campus". Yeah, ...this isn't going to come out.