The latest Kodak pocket camcorder turns up the heat on its closest competitor, the popular Flip UltraHD, by offering a full 1080p HD recorder that fits in a shirt pocket and will retail for $179 beginning next month.

The Kodak Zi8 goes one better than its previous Zx1 by giving consumers the two things they want most at this level, true 1080p quality resolution and a standard USB dongle that swings out to connect seamlessly to any available USB port. The same 32GB expansion capabilities through its SD/SDHC card slot are there, with an handy external jack available for stereo audio, if required..

A 2.5” LCD screen and built-in image stabilization are two other significant design improvements, making the Zi8 a force to be reckoned with for price-conscious video hounds who can now instantly upload to YouTube and Facebook with this model. The unit also takes high-quality 5 MP, 16:9 widescreen stills to capture great-looking snapshots as quickly as any cell phone can. Check out more products from Kodak.

kodak zi8 pocket camcorder

kodak zi8 pocket camcorder

kodak zi8 pocket camcorder