Unboxed: Kodak Zi6

 Kodak launch their high def pocket camcorder, with one aim and one aim only: to make a dent in the ubiquity of the Flip. Specwise we have to con

Kodak launch their high def pocket camcorder, with one aim and one aim only: to make a dent in the ubiquity of the Flip. Specwise we have to concede it's head and shoulders above the competition with 720p HD recording in 30 and 60fps and SD and SDHC compatibility. That's a potential for 32GB worth of high def in your pocket. Hook it up to an HDTV or bog standard telly with the included leads and bore your friends and family stupid with endless footage of your pets. Playback benefits from rewind, fast forward and slow-mo if shot in HD60.There's also a macro switch on the side to flick between your close ups and landscapes

Sure, the onboard 128MB will mean you'll have to shell out on an SD card or shoot exclusively in VGA but as these are cheap as chips these days we don't see it as a downside. The problem is, as you can see, the Zi6 is childsize chunky, much bigger than the sleek Flip Mino and therefore much less pocketable. Video quality is better but suffers so much in lowlight conditions that you might as well not bother. However, for a mere £130, it's a neat way to get HD video in your pocket (with a bit of squeezing).