In September, the Kodak marketing team announced on Twitter a contest to name Kodak’s new version of the Zi8 HD pocket video camera. Entries were monitored by the hashtag #NameAKodak. I was one of 100 winners, and the item retails for $179.99 and has pretty solid reviews on CNET. Yep, I was still am stoked.
My winning entry was, since it’s not too easy to see in the video, the
Kodak Zi8 bitZee cam
And here is the greatly anticipated video. I’m not a tech expert, so please understand I’m giving my feedback from a typical everyday user’s perspective.
It’s handy, light, and just a little plasticy feeling, but it seems like OK quality.
Things I forgot to mention in the video:
2.5″ LCD display
Great size given the size of the camera.
Very simple. There are only four buttons and an analog toggle button on the front. There’s one additional button at the top for macro and landscape settings.
Still camera setting
The Zi8 takes pictures too, only with no flash. Simple point and shoot. Moderate noise.
Learning video editing is something that’s been on my punch list for a while now as it’s a great skill to have that was entirely overlooked by my business school curriculum. I’ve been asked if I know video editing on my last five job interviews, so now maybe I’ll be more inclined to shoot more content and learn to manipulate the material into something more fun, compelling or branded. It would be foolish to miss out on the benefits video gives off in terms of SEO and it’s use in social media, just because you lack the know-how.