The full-featured Zi8 captures the best HD pocket-camcorder footage we've seen, but its interface and digital zoom often get in the way. It's also the most full-featured pocket-size camcorder we've seen, thanks to three unique features: the ability to record 1080p full-HD video, digital image stabilization, and a microphone-in jack that lets you use standard headphones or earbuds as an external mic.

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At a Glance
  • The full-featured Zi8 captures the best HD pocket-camcorder footage we've seen, but its interface and digital zoom often get in the way.

    Pros

    • Sharp 1080p video and shooting options
    • Can use earbuds as external mic

    Cons

    • Buggy, jumpy 4X digital zoom
    • Controls are slow to respond
  
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