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Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder

B&H # KOZI12 Mfr # 1061837
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Product Highlights
  • Pocket-Sized Hybrid Camera/Camcorder
  • 1080p and 720p Video at up to 60 fps
  • Up to 12 MP Stills in 4:3 and 16:9
  • Widely Supported H.264 Video Format
  • 3" LCD Screen
  • LCD Portrait/Landscape Auto Rotation
  • SD/SDHC Card Slot
  • Micro HDMI Out
  • USB Cable for File Transfer

The Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder is hybrid camcorder and photo camera designed to fit in your pocket. The Zi12 records full HD 1080p video at up to 60 frames per second and takes JPEG still photos at up to 12 MP. It features a 3" LCD screen that will automatically flip between portrait and landscape orientation depending on which way you hold the camera, and a one-click navigation system that takes you straight into the menu so you can change settings. For storage, the Zi12 takes SD and SDXC memory cards, and includes a USB cable making it simple to transfer what you've shot to your computer even when you don't have a memory card reader.

Get the Most out of Every Scene
Scene Modes let you tell the Zi12 exactly what type of scene you're shooting so that the camera can select the optimal settings for you. From the Scene Mode Menu the following choices are available: Landscape, Portrait, Children, Self-portrait, Night Portrait, and Automatic Panorama
Recreate Classic Film Looks
From the Scene Menu you will find a collection of filters designed to recreate the nostalgic look of the following classic Kodak film stocks: Kodacolor, Ektachrome, Kodachrome, T-Max, Tri-X, and for a truly vintage look, Sepia
Record in Widely Supported H.264 Format
The Zi12 records video in an H.264, .MP4 type file that can be edited in a just about every popular video editing program on both Mac and PC. And if you don't need to edit, you can even upload the raw footage from your computer directly to many popular streaming and social media sites including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo
JPEG Photos at up to 12 MP
The Zi12 features three photo quality settings. A 12 MP 4:3 setting for full quality, a 9 MP 16:9 setting to give you the widescreen aesthetic of HD video, and an economical 6 MP 4:3 setting you can use when storage space is at a premium
One-button Sharing with Kodak Share Button App
Kodak Share Button App is free software for Windows and Mac that you can download from Kodak. With the Share Button App installed and the Zi12 connected to your computer via USB you can share videos and photos directly to social media networks simply by pressing a "share" button on the camera
Narrate your Movies
A 3.5mm mini jack mic input allows you to connect your own microphone and will even support stereo
View on the Big Screen
To enjoy what you've shot on the big screen, the Zi12 features a Micro HDMI connection, letting you view what you've created on a TV, projector, computer monitor, or any other HDMI-equipped display
Camera
Sensor Not Specified By Manufacturer
Optics
Focal Length 4.7 mm
35mm Equivalent Focal Length Not Specified By Manufacturer
Maximum Aperture f/ 2.8
Lens Fixed Focus 4.7 mm
f/2.6
Focusing Distance Not Specified By Manufacturer
Angle of View Not Specified By Manufacturer
Filter Size None
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC  
Recording Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Video Format High Definition
1920 x 1080p / 60 fps
1920 x 1080i / 60 fps
High Definition
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
1280 x 720p / 30 fps
Standard Definition
320 x 240
Aspect Ratio 16:9
4:3
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 12 Megapixel
JPEG: 9 Megapixel
JPEG: 6 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 3"
Resolution Not Specified By Manufacturer
Aspect Ratio 4:3
Features
Image Stabilization Not Specified By Manufacturer
Scene Modes Preset: Yes
Lux Not Specified By Manufacturer
Interval Recording None
Shutter Speed Not Specified By Manufacturer
White Balance Modes Auto
Creative Effects Yes
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - Yes
Wi-Fi None
Accessory Shoe None
Tripod Mount 1/4" - 20
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x Microphone In
Outputs 1x HDMI D (Micro)
1x USB Micro-B
Microphone Input Yes
Headphone Jack No
General
Languages Dutch
English
French
German
Greek
Italian
Polish
Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP3)
    Vista
    7
    8
  • Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Processor or greater
  • 2GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface

Mac
  • OS X 10.5 or later
  • Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz Processor or greater
  • 2GB RAM
  • USB 2.0 Interface
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 3.6-3.6VDC, 940mAh
Charging Method USB
Charging Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Adapter None
Power Consumption Not Specified By Manufacturer
Operating Temperature Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 4.3 x 1.3" / 5.8 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
Weight Not Specified By Manufacturer
Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder
  • USB Cable
  • Wrist Strap
  • KLIC-7004 940 mAh Li-Ion Battery
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    KodakZi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder
     
    3.6

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    60%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Image stabilization (4)
    • Great picture quality (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home movies (5)
      • Travel (4)
      • Movies/short films (3)
      • Weddings (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Playfull and Wonderful

      By Fyre

      from Long Island, NY

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder:

        Easy, convenient

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        3.0

        Kind of strange

        By Pegasus2

        from Palmyra, Pa.

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good in Low Light

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom
        • No Auto Rotate Feature

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder:

        Having had the Playful Ze1 which I liked, I thought I'd get the Zi12 while they're still available. I've found the device to be very well built, and it takes good video and still photos. Here's the problem I have with it. I can not understand why Kodak would have designed this so that it only records images or video correctly while holding it horizontally instead of vertically like most similar handheld camcorders. Even if it auto rotated that would have been fine. As it is, you are far better off getting a conventional compact digital camera since you really have to use both hands to use it properly, and you'd have a lot more flexibility in everyday use. Just strange.

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        4.0

        Very Good For HD VIdeo, Slow Motion

        By Tom

        from NY, NY

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Good Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Slow Motion Video
        • Great Sound

        Cons

        • Bad Tripod Socket Place

        Best Uses

        • Documentaries
        • Home Movies
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Movies/Short Films
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder:

        I use this for home movies and for experimental art videos. The quality of the HD video is very good for a point and shoot pocket camera and quite good in available low light situations. The slow motion is why I bought this camera and it is nice. The 120fps is great. The 240 fps not so good, the image kind of wavers but it is still much better than most 240fps video for consumers. The wide angle lens is nice for many video taking needs. For photos it can be nice but tends to be a little too wide for my taste. The digital zoom is surprisingly good with a lot of light, and quite a bit of noise in low light. The long exposure and processing for the "night setting" is not so good but can have appealing results some of the time. The flash (which I don't normally use) is nice in many situations. The different "filters" are interesting, some I like a lot and others not so much. The "sepia" is quite beautiful, which is unusual in an in camera consumer effect. I also like the "Tri X "filter". The normal l color setting is nice. The other "filters", kodachrome, kodacolor, Tmax etc I don't like so much. I wish the camera could zoom with the slow motion modes. I also wish I could use the "filter settings with the slow motion. It's odd that the tripod socket is on the side of the camera. The macro focus photo mode is really good. All in all the camera is quite wonderful and within it's limits can do really nice things.

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        3.0

        Why Kodak is going out of business

        By The Tico Kid

        from Costa Rica

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Movies
          • Movies/Short Films

          Comments about Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder:

          Kodak just announced they are going out of the digital camera business. They will support their present products for one year only.

          This product was Kodak's last chance to survive - and they blew it.

          The basic idea was excellent - as is the hardware. But the software sucks. You are forced to use their Share Button App - which isn't even installed. I had to spend hours updating the memory card to make it work.

          The online manual does not even mention a switch on the side which says auto/effects/scenes.

          On the plus side it does take good photos and videos using the default settings. The digital zoom works surprising well. The small size makes it easy to carry and use.

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          4.0

          handy video & snapshot recorder

          By 1900 miles

          from new york city

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Feel
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Internal And External Mic
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Photos Video Very Clear

          Cons

          • Awkward Menu Handling

          Best Uses

          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Kodak Zi12 Playfull Dual Camcorder:

          I bought this camera to take on a trip to Ireland and to shoot footage at home. Both video and stills are very sharp and the many settings - scene and effects - give you some control over the look of both video and photos. Panoramic shots worked out great, very easy to do, and most functions are just a step away.
          Getting to the special settings is not so easy however. The button on top slides from auto to effects to scenes and it doesn't do it easily. May be hard for someone with larger hands to manage. Then once you enter the menu it takes several presses of the manual button to get to what you need. If you don't care much about changing the look auto works just fine.
          Camera feels nice in the hand and is good looking! It's about the size of a smartphone only a bit thicker. The lens has a cover that opens and closes automatically and there's a jack for a plug-in microphone. Both pretty cool features.

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