- widescreen capabilities for video or still shots with a 16:9 aspect ratio,
- a jack for an external microphone, which allows audio recording in stereo--a real advantage,
- capacity to record up to 10 hours of video if you use a SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB (which, unfortunately, is not included in the price).
This gives me a good chance to remind readers that I don't review products that are given to me for free by the manufacturer--I pay retail for them and test them just as you might, and don't receive a fee for doing so. Links to Amazon-available products do return a small fee to me if you purchase them through this blog, and I use/read/test whatever you see listed here. In the case of my Zi8 reviewers, none of their comments should imply an endorsement, nor are they receiving a fee or any compensation except the use of the camera for what may seem all too brief a time.
While we're all waiting for the Zi8 launch date, you can find out more about this new option with the specifications list, the available accessories (that remote control's intriguing), and product reviews. and the user guide and support information.
I'm looking forward to getting these samples and reviews. What questions do you want answered about the Zi8 (on its own, or in comparison to the Flip or a more traditional camcorder) that would help your communications operation? Leave them in the comments and we'll do our best to cover them!