Camcorders have reached the level of miniaturization that other electronic devices have, and their popularity is driving innovation by a host of companies looking at opportunities for new revenue. Kodak is one firm that has developed superior products for photography for decades, so it’s no surprise that their latest model is miles ahead of the competition.
The Kodak Zx1 is an HD pocket camcorder that records at 720p at 60 frames per second, tops in its class. It can record up to ten hours of HD content with its adaptability for SD cards up to 32G. Kodak even includes an HDMI cable, composite video cables, and a carrying pouch.
The $149 Suggested Retail Price will make it a popular choice for space-conscious consumers who don’t need professional-quality video (which, let’s face it, is about 95 percent of the population).
A weather-resistant case is the big design improvement here, which provides protection from the elements, and an optional remote is available to control the unit when plugged into a television. The unit runs on two AA rechargeable NiMD batteries and has a tripod mount on the bottom of the unit for more stable video recordings.
Kodak plans on a superior Zi8 model to be released in September that records a full 1080p HD video and includes a standard USB arm that swings out for convenient charges and uploads.