148 Students using this? I won't be hiring Any of them!
by editor58 - 4/23/10 9:37 AM
In Reply to: zi8 problems by thethriftyfox
I am appalled that you would recommend this camera to a student! As a professional Network cameraman with 5 Emmy awards, I believe I speak from some level of expertise. I so wanted to love this camera. I wanted to use it to record interview segments and short pieces for a business Facebook page. What started as a love affair turned out to be a raging divorce. I even got a chance to speak to a Kodak rep where I happened to bump into him at a Best Buy. Oh, where do I begin? Focus! It is HORRIBLE! Subjects are total out of focus as soon as you place them 40 inches from you. Why 40 inches, any further away would make the Mic useless. Even with an external Sony Stereo Mic, there was minimal help. Iris is slow and video is hence overblown. I wound up getting rid of the Zi8 after 3 weeks and purchasing a Panasonic TM-700. Sure its a totally different class of camera, but if you intend to try to use the Zi8 for anything of importance,,, forget it!
Here's what some other people observed about you wonderful Zi8-
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