A big craze these days is pocket HD video cameras. The camera that made them popular was the Flip’s MinoHD. Kodak’s Zi-8 raises the bar much higher. Kodak offers a removable battery, Flip doesn’t. Kodak allows you to adjust the microphone level or even use an external microphone where Flip doesn’t. Kodak allows you to play back footage in slow motion, take still pictures and use you own SD cards. Flip can’t do those either.
Keep in mind that this is a pocket camera. Even so, it creates good quality video. It certainly won’t match that from a high-end HD camcorder, but those don’t fit in your pocket. If you are wanting to shoot some spontaneous HD video, you’ll want to give this camera a long look.