Arg! The Kodak ZI8 doesn’t remember your microphone gain settings between power ups. Not a problem when you are using the internal microphone as it is sufficiently sensitive enough. But it is very noticeable if you are using an external microphone.
Lesson learned for the day.
I love this thing. It’s not perfect, at this low price point ($170) nothing is, but I’ve been able to take some amazing short videos so far. I maybe will post something to YouTube someday soon. I’m running out of excuses with this level of convenience. Speaking of that – the billing is that this has one button posting to YouTube – but you only get that if you install software from Kodak (free) on your machine. Still, the videos are pretty much upload ready right from the camera, which is awesome.
Kodak – Steve’s Digicams Forums
Kodak HD on Vimeo
Adam Westbrook: Kodak Zi8: the tool to change video journalism?
Homebrewed Music: “Kodak Zi8 – Pocket HD with Audio Input”