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Old Oct 24, 2010, 7:04 AM   #11
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You're Welcomed.

As some seriousness must go into this it wasn't hard to c/p what was on youtube here.

These are most the questions taht are public from chrisc74, and martin has acknoledged that he is looking into the comments, if he is on youtube, he should pop in here to?

I suggest doing another topic, correcting in order,
and understanding it's difficult to do, write down these inquerries..

Yes FREE comes with many perks. and this is deffently one of them never asking much , always giving my all.

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  1. My original playsport wouldn't charge the battery after 5 months of use, luckily i bought a warranty and got a new one. BTW i wish the tripod mount wasn't plastic and maybe some kind of light option would be nice.
  2. zx3's problem is low light.
  3. . Ok here are my suggestions based on my experience with the Kodak Zi8.
    1. Optical Zoom. I would really like this feature on a new Kodak Pocket Camcorder.
    Digital Zoom distorts the quality on my Kodak Zi8.
    2. Video auto focus so that you dont have to manually zoom yourself would be outstanding.
    3. I would also like to see optical image stabilisation. However if this were not possible I would like to see better image stabilisation
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    4. Better low light performance. The Kodak Zi8 performs very poorly in low light. It needs an overhaul in this area.
    5. 10 megapixel camera with autofocus the same as the video. See Nokia N8 which is the new Nokia smartphone which has this feature. The five megapixel camera on the Zi8 is a bit weak pixel wise.
    6. Last but not least they might consider their .mov format which doesnt seem to work in some major video editing applications.

  5. Front screen LCD screen so you can see your self when your vblogging.


  6. I would love for Kodak to come out with a nice wide angle lens set up for the Playsport and also a nice macro lens as well. If you know of any please let me know. Thanks


  7. My question for you Chris will they be doing a video out software update for the play sport so i can stream live pictures direct to the tv ?


  8. It would be good idea for a macro on a knew waterproof camera at 1080p 16:9 and a better low light and now a 18:9 camera with the new telles. And a betteer wide angle lens.


  9. My main question is why they've abandoned the Zi8. The low light is better but still "lined" and the zoom darkening is still there. These seemed to have been fixed in the Playsport, which to my understanding is almost the same camera, just in a different shell. Thanks for the opportunity to get these to someone who might be able to help.



PLEASE tell them to use a more PC friendly format than .mov
I have had so many problems getting the videos to work on my Windows machine because they're in .mov
Suggest .avi
Better quality control (less lemons)
Higher quality materials for the tripod mount threads.
Flip out screen on one of the models would be nice

10. not sure of the importance. But as for playback, it should default back to 30fps giving the feel of slow motion capture.
Also I would like to add one more feature. #8 Faster lens (large aperture lens) would help with low light video. This camera would probably not be a small budget unit. If they filled my request.
BTW to remove the "jello effect" Kodak can use a CCD sensor but that causes another problem.

11. Love the Zi8, I would like to suggest.....
  1. 1 Optical Stabilizer
    2 In Camera Edit
    3 Optical Zoom
    4 Higher FPS (60/[email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected] 640x480)
    5 Bit rate control
    6 Fix blown out high lights in contrast scenes.
    7 Front lens filter thread
    My problem is what will they remove in the next incarnation.


12.
Can you ask if they can amend to Playsport so that the H2O function doesn't auto reset when the power goes off.
Thanks

13. let it have Wifi!!!!!
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 11:40 AM   #12
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wow. thanks fishy.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 11:54 AM   #13
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My Zi8 criticisms:

1. Macro focus is blurry and useless
2. Photo quality needs to improve and be more consistent

Praise:

Video is pretty good for such a small device.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 12:23 PM   #14
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wow. thanks fishy.
Chrisc74 always welcomed, I am dedicated, and you best tell your inside scoope about me.
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Old Oct 24, 2010, 3:12 PM   #15
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Most Important quetion should have been asked, and not onesoul did.

Will teh Kodak ZI8, and Playsport still be made?

and what happened to the Kodak ZI9 (Zyne)(zine)
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1. will a led or stroble light be added on the newer zi8 or playsport coming out

2. will a lower lux to the cam, you call it EV be added improved?

3. will a optical zoom, optical image stab be added to both

4 will a macro be added to thePlaysport

5 will a higher megapixal be added and interpolation removed

6. will a wide angle adjustment be made

7. will attachaments for wideangles be added

8. will a small thumbnail front screen be added to view as a blogger

9. will Macsoftware be added forediting, built in

10. will quicktime .mov still be the primary, and will wmv for lowerres.

11. will onboard editing be added in the cam to do on the go,and not just beginning and end, as well cuts in the middle, andcombing files.

12. wil lthe infomous zoom and light caused by the ISO adjustment be improved or corrected in all levels

13 will zoom be with various speeds not one step

14 will slow motion capabilities be added and with sound. at higher frame rates

15 will hot keys be manually set for personal prefrences

16 will the h2o be a manuals setting and not reset when cam goes off
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these are all things which should have been asked (if they where not already) last week.

i havent heard back yet but i think it will be soon.

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Old Oct 30, 2010, 3:08 PM   #18
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this is th response of anyone going to contact a company . enjoy

Greetings *******,

We appreciate your offer to help. Regretfully, all decisions are being made by our Engineers themselves and should they need further assistance, they may only consult the members of their team or anyone in Kodak for that matter. With regard to the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera (Zi10), Kodak does not issue units to individuals for testing. All necessary tests are being done only inside Kodak. Customers who do reviews and tests purchase the products themselves.

You may visit www.kodak.com/go/downloads for future firmware upgrades. The site where the firmware can be downloaded also shows the applicable enhancement that a firmware upgrade will do. The current firmware version is 1.06 and we do not have any information yet if there will be an upgrade that will soon be released for this model.

As of today, the KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera is not yet discontinued.

We are glad to be of service and are here for you if you need us in the future. If you do reply, please be sure to include any previous e-mail so we may assist you better.

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Keep "fighting the good fight" Fishy, you do a lot of good work for all of us
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Recieved a reply from a private letter and this is the response I got back.

hoping that Chrisc gets his answers out to us.


1. will a led or stroble light be added on the newer zi8 or playsport coming out

If we decide to update the models, most likely no

2. will a lower lux to the cam, you call it EV be added improved?

We will tweak to a better Proformance only, as the cmos sensor cannot handel the lower settings.

3. will a optical zoom, optical image stab be added to both.

No optical zoom will be added at this time, the cam will be to bulky and we're after a pocketable group.

4 will a macro be added to the Playsport

This is something we are concidering, and working on

5 will a higher megapixal be added and interpolation removed.

In order to keep cost down, interpolation will stay.

6. will a wide angle adjustment be made.

As we're working on a solution to a wider field with a optional feature

7. will attachaments for wideangles be added.

As we're working on a solution to a wider field with a optional feature

8. will a small thumbnail front screen be added to view as a blogger.

As we need to keep size and cost down, this may not be a option for the cam.

9. will Macs oftware be added for editing, built in.

As it is already or should work on some cams tehre will be mac software available.

10. will quicktime .mov still be the primary, and will wmv for lower res.

As we see fit , we'll use what is best, we have MP4 available on the Playtouch, and may be a option for future cams.

11. will onboard editing be added in the cam to do on the go,and not just beginning and end, as well cuts in the middle, and combing files.

As we're working on a better solution for future cams.

12. will the infomous zoom and light caused by the ISO adjustment be improved or corrected in all levels

As if there are issues you must send cam in for repair there are no issues with zooming, all tests are doneat labs.

13 will zoom be with various speeds not one step.

Electronic seamless zoom is a one stage only and will not be a option, to expand, will bulk the cam

14 will slow motion capabilities be added and with sound. at higher frame rates

As we see fit, fo rfuture settings. In order to conserve we must keep cost down in order to add features and functions

15 will hot keys be manually set for personal prefrences

As hot keys are set at factory, this may be a option for future cams


16 will the h2o be a manuals setting and not reset when cam goes off.

As this may not be a option, for future cams. it is only on selecte dones with waterproof models like the Mini and Playsport. Will bea manual setting for now.
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