Ok, time for an up-date,
I have had my Zi8 for almost a week now I guess and I have to say I am very very impressed.
Did some comparison shooting between my Vado HD, Flip Ultra HD, my Zi6 and Zi8,,,,,,,, I am very supprised and shocked at how much I like the Zi8.
I guess I didnt think the Zi8 would be that good because the Zi6 is my least favorite out of all the mini camcorders I own,,, I figured at best the Zi8 would only be a slight improvement over the Zi6,,,, wow, was I wrong,, the Zi8 is a really big jump in video quality over the Zi6.
The Zi8 video quality even looks way better than my much loved Flip Ultra HD, and I was not expecting that one at all either.
Aside from the better video the Zi8 also has the others beat in the features, external stereo mic input, cheaper than the Ultra HD, image stabilation, can take still shots, bigger screen, more memory with an SDHC card and 1080p.
Some pros and cons of the shoot-out between my Flip Ultra HD and the Kodak Zi8.
My Ultra HD thoughts:
Does just a tad better in low light than the Zi8, but not by much.
A tiny bit sharper in the video quality.
Lots more video noise than the Zi8.
No motion blur when panning around.
My Zi8 thoughts:
Very little video noise.
Better skin tones and colors.
Some motion blur when panning, but not too bad.
While the Ultra HD is a bit sharper the Zi8 video is smoother and cleaner and just looks much nicer.
I think the main difference that really stood out for me was how much video noise the Ultra HD has compared to the Zi8 which has very little video noise.
My little shoot-out was done with the Zi8 set to 720p 60fps and the Ultra HD in its default 720p mode, everything I shot for the test was indoors.
On a side note, video I shoot with the Zi8 set to 1080p did not look as good as the 720p 60fps video when played on my PC, not sure if its an issue with my PC or not yet, also the 1080p audio is out of sync when played on my PC,,,,, I called Kodak tech support and they told me to hook the Zi8 up to my HDTV via the HDMI out and see if I still have the problem,, I have not done that yet.
Anyhow, my new favorite,,,,,,,,,, the Kodak Zi8 !!!!!!