Which Video Camera Should I Buy?

Hi Friends,

Lately, I’ve had a lot of friends and colleagues ask me to advise them of what video camera they should buy to do YouTube and Facebook videos (and for general traveling purposes.)  The quality of cell phone camera’s just isn’t at the level of dedicated cameras.  (They’re getting close, but there are other things to consider.)

Everybody’s seen them:  Tiny video cameras that people have when they’re traveling.  They pull them out of their pocket or purse, shoot a quick video and then continue onward.

I used to lug all this stuff around that it took half a suitcase to fit it all.  With $25 baggage charges these days, it just doesn’t make sense anymore. Plus the quality of the new generation pocket video cameras is just amazing!

There are many on the market, but I’ve been recommending the Kodak Zi8 for the past few months for the following reasons.

  1. Pocket sized
  2. Low cost (under $100 the last time I checked if you use the link above)
  3. Great video
  4. Removable SD memory card
  5. Removable battery
  6. External microphone input
  7. HDMI and analog video outputs
  8. USB cable built in
  9. Separate charger input
  10. Software comes with it (inside camera — just plug into your computer to run it)
  11. Big display 2.5″ diagonal (looks bigger than you think!)
  12. Macro/wide selector
  13. Video modes: 1080p, 720p (60fps), 720p(30fps), WVGA
  14. 5Mp still cam mode
  15. Tripod mount on bottom

In my opinion, the key differences as compared to the Flip HD video camera is that it supports an external microphone, uses a removable memory stick and battery (so you can continue using the camera if you don’t have a PC to download to) and an option of 1080p HD resolution.

If you add the fact that it’s much less expensive, comes with all the cables, and really easy to use, it becomes the hands down winner.  (You will have to order an SD memory card for storing the images and movies, though, so factor in the extra $25 or so.)

(In case you’re curious, a couple of advantages of the Flip video are that it’s smaller and that you can have your photo embedded into the camera case. — Add a comment if you want to know more about this.)

Using the Kodak Zi8 is extremely simple.  Just power it up on the side, press the red button, turn the camera towards you and start walking and talking.  When you’re done, press the red button again.

Both the Flip and Kodak cameras support simple uploading to YouTube, facebook, etc. and both plug into your TV set for viewing your masterpiece.  (The Kodak comes with cables for both analog and HDMI TV connections. The Flip requires you to decide when you buy the camera… Again, the Kodak is the winner here.)

Well, I could go on and on.  If you want to know more, please add a comment below or join my tribe by entering your name and email to the right and I can tell you more.

Finally, there are a lot of really cool things you can buy to REALLY ENHANCE the camera.  If you’d like a list, let me know with a comment and I’ll add a post of some of my favorites!

Keep smiling,


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02 2011

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