Snow, Travel and the Kodak Zi8

Adam Tinworth
Adam Tinworth

Almost inevitably, while I was sat on a train crawling its way into London in this morning’s snow, the one meeting I had today was cancelled. Bah.

However, I decided to take the opportunity afforded by the weather and give my new Kodak Zi8 a bit more of a workout in the snowy conditions. Here’s the result:
Shot at 720p at 60fps.

The camera has, as one might expect, somewhat underexposed the footage, but that’s pretty common with snowy situations. I could have fixed most of that in iMovie, but I decided not to, for testing purposes. The camera shake isn’t too bad, given that the footage is hand-held in cold conditions, and could be stabilised even more in iMovie, if I’d wanted.

That all said, I’m reasonably pleased with the results. It’s that bit more complex than the Flip HD models, and that does slow you down on occasions, but the results are usually worth it.

I need to give it a test run with an external microphone next.

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Adam is a lecturer, trainer and writer. He's been a blogger for over 20 years, and a journalist for more than 30. He lectures on audience strategy and engagement at City, University of London.