Unboxed – Kodak Zx1 vs rivals

Been thinking about snaffling a pocket HD camcorder for the summer? Your patience has served you well  – we've just received the fifth (and, for

Been thinking about snaffling a pocket HD camcorder for the summer? Your patience has served you well  – we've just received the fifth (and, for the timebeing, final) contender for the budget HD camcorder crown, Kodak's £150 Zx1.

The successor to the Kodak Zi6, it brings two new features that were conspicuously absent in its predecessor – an HDMI port, and a new 'weather resistant' design. This means its obvious foe is the similarly tough Creative Vado HD, though the Flip Mino HD and Toshiba S10 are very similar in size.

There are downsides to the Zx1's smaller form factor – the screen (one of the Zi6's main strengths) is 2in rather than 2.5in, there's no macro close-up mode, and it's lost the flip-out USB arm, preferring instead a standard mini USB connection.

Still, it still shoots 720p at 60fps and certainly feels less like a Fisher Price toy than its sibling. It also continues the tradition of using rechargeable batteries (included in the box), which makes it easy to keep shooting for longer when out in the wilds.

Our only concern is that the rubber buttons feel a little less user-friendly than the Zi6, but we'll head back to the test lab and give you a full review soon.

Kodak Zx1 vs Kodak Zi6

Clockwise from top left – Kodak Zx1, Creative Vado HD, Toshiba S10, Kodak Zi6

Kodak Zx1 vs Kodak Zi6