I’ve had this question maybe a thousand times: “Which camera is the best camera?”
And it’s always kinda hard to give a straight answer.
The thing is, there are simply SO many different cameras out there, and each one of them pretty much has it’s own purpose. For example, some cameras are more appropriate for TV, while others are more appropriate for personal home videos. Etc, etc, etc…
So, today I talk about two fantastic little cameras that do a GREAT job *for their intended purpose*! It’s the Kodak Zi8 Vs Flip!
Maybe you’ve had some experience with one or both of these two cameras and you can share some of your ideas with the rest of us?
Looking forward to hear from you!
Transcript Of Today’s Video
One of the questions I get most often is what camera to use for online video. Well there is a simple answer to that. It really depends on what you are trying to achieve online.
There are basically a million different answers for a million different questions when it comes to cameras. There are so many different cameras to choose from and it’s actually quite daunting. What I’ll try to do is I’ll try to make it really simple.
I teach a method called Rapid Video Blogging which allows you to create videos super fast and help you get results rapidly. That’s where the rapid comes from.
There are two cameras in particular that is at the top of my list for rapidly creating videos and it’s for a particular kind of video. The two cameras that I’m talking about are the Flip Ultra HD camera and also the Kodak Zi8.
They’re very similar in terms of performance but I wanted to do a quick review of both of them and compare the two so you could see the difference between them; and also my preferences and maybe you’ve got your own preferences too.
I just want to say that these cameras are good for what they are being used for, and that is for creating videos rapidly for the internet. So they are not used for creating Hollywood type videos. They are not used for creating huge, hour-long, 2 hour-long, 3-hour long videos. They are great for those short quick clips on YouTube and for getting nice and clear quality videos and getting them up really quickly.
So without further ado, let me do a quick review for these two cameras so that you can get a feel for the differences between them.
First thing I want to talk about is the video quality. For both of them I think they perform actually quite similar. The Flip Ultra HD records in 720p which is great for the internet, in fact that is HD for YouTube. The Kodak Zi8 records in 720p as well but you do have the option to go up to 1080p as well.
So in terms of size, the Kodak wins. But in terms of actual video quality when you play back on the internet, it’s pretty similar. There’s not too much difference between the two. So that’s in terms of video quality, I think they are pretty much equal in that sense.
The second thing I want to look at is the sound quality of the two cameras. In that department I think the Kodak wins; and the reason for that is because it has a little external microphone jack that you can plug a power microphone into, for example. That’s really handy if you are a little bit further away from the camera and you still want to have a good sound.
Of course the Flip camera does not have an external mic jack. So you kind of stuck with the sound that you get from the camera. But there is a fix. What I normally do is I use an external voice recorder. I plug a little power microphone into that and I record the sound separately.
One of my favorites is the Edirol voice recorder from Roland and it does a fantastic job. It’s quite expensive, about 500 bucks so it’s not a great entry level product. But there’s plenty of other voice recorders around that can do a very similar job. So I record that separately and just match up the sound afterwards during the editing. That fixes the sound for the Flip.
So the Kodak wins there but you can fix the Flip with another voice recording device.
What about file format and the storage of the two cameras. Well, the Flip camera has its little flip thing there so it’s very easy to get the files to your computer. It records in mp4 format and that works on both PC and Mac. It’s great format for editing on most editing programs and it pretty much just works in most applications.
The Kodak records in an .mov format and it does have some space to record on the camera itself but mostly you record on an SD drive with SD card, like this over here. You can go up to 32 gigabytes with that. So that’s pretty cool, it gives you a little more option to record longer files if you want to and more footage.
Also it has the old USB thing to plug in to your computer. It’s not as nice as the Flip camera to use, not as easy but it does give you that extra feature as well.
The Flip on the other hand only records up to 8 gigabytes as a maximum and it just records straight onto the camera so you don’t have the option of the SD card. So in that department I think the Flip actually takes it as the winner there, if that’s important to you.
For my situation, I don’t really care cause most of my videos are only about 10 minutes long in any case so I don’t need to record really long videos or a lot of videos. Seriously two hours is long enough to record for me on this little camera.
What about ease of use? How easy to use the two different cameras?
Well, both of them are actually really easy to use but in terms of winning in my mind at least, I think the Flip takes the prize. There are only four buttons in total on the camera. The main one is the big red one for recording, starting and stopping. You can also play back and delete and there is an On/OFF switch as well and of course the navigation buttons too.
But it’s really really simple to use, very straightforward. Almost impossible to do something wrong with this camera. It’s really just point and shoot. You just turn it on, press the record and you’re ready to go.
With the Kodak on the other hand, it’s little bit more complicated. It’s got a whole bunch more features to confuse you but also to give you extra functionality. But it’s not as easy to use. It’s got a whole bunch of buttons on the back. It takes a little bit of time to figure out what all the buttons do.
It’s not a big deal if you like extra features then Kodak is a nice option for that sort of thing. But in my view, in terms of ease of use, the Flip takes the prize for that.
Finally I want to talk about the look and feel for the camera, which may not be as important for you but for me it is. There’s one thing about the Flip that I really like and that is there’s got a flat bottom surface. They both have a little area where you can screw that into a tripod which is pretty cool.
The problem with the Kodak though is that it doesn’t have a flat bottom so you can’t stand it up on a table or something if you don’t have a tripod. With the Flip you can. The Flip in terms of design, is for me a much better fit. It fits really nicely into your hands. It’s got nice rounded corners, it’s just the right size for me. That’s why I don’t like the Mino as well but the Flip camera is great in terms of just the way it looks and feels.
The Kodak once again is not as user friendly in terms of flat surface there and it’s quite thin and I think it’s easy to drop. That’s maybe a subjective thing and you might think differently but that’s how I perceive the difference between the two.
There’s one more thing that I want to talk about that is quite important and that is the battery use or the power for the two different devices.
For the Flip Ultra HD, I really love that you can have a rechargeable battery pack that’s two AA size batteries. What that means is, yes you can recharge those ones but you can also use normal AA batteries when those run out of juice. That’s very cool specially if you’re out on the field, and you’re recording and you run out of battery power. Just take a few AA batteries with you and replace them and you’re ready to go again.
The Kodak on the other hand, comes with a rechargeable battery that is not your standard sizes. So that’s a bit of a pain if you run out of power. You ought to need the exact one of those ones or you’re stuck.
I think they are quite cheap to replace anyway but it’s still not as nice as the AA size batteries that you can get with the Flip. And that’s another reason why I recommend the Flip Ultra HD as opposed to the Flip Mino because you have that nice option with the batteries.
Overall you might have guessed that my choice is the Flip Ultra HD camera and you know they are basically quite similar. I mean there’s not too much difference in terms of performance, in terms of ease of use, in terms of recording and getting the files onto your computer and editing it.
One thing I must say about the Kodak that I’ve just noticed with one of my members is that it doesn’t work straight on PC with Sony Vegas. You first need to convert the files into a different format before you can do the editing properly on Sony Vegas. That’s a bit of a pain because it adds the extra step on the process; whereas the Flip, it just works straight off.
So that’s a quick review, a quick comparison between the Flip Ultra HD and the Kodak Zi8 . Once again they are both great cameras; they’ll both do a really fantastic job for you.
Bottomline is for me it’s the Flip Ultra HD. It’s just because there’s a number of things that I prefer and it’s super simple to use.
I hope you found that a useful review of the two little cameras and I hope that it makes easier for you to decide between the two cameras or whether even any of them is appropriate on what you want to do online.
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Thanks for watching and I’ll see you inside the next video.