Real Estate Video - Kodak Zi8 full review

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Original content by Mark Passerby
Nothing is simpler for a real estate agent to add to their real estate marketing than video!

The Kodak Zi8 is the perfect camera for the real estate agent looking to begin using video as part of their real estate marketing program.

ADDING A WIDE ANGLE LENS TO THE KODAK Zi8

Out of the box the Kodak Zi8 does not shoot very wide video so a simple modification can be quickly performed.
The videos below detail how to attach the Sunpak .5x(HDhat.com recommended lens) and the Sunpak .45x magnetic lens.
Video 1 also reviews a bit of the camera and some of the Zi8's simple settings.
We also recommend an inexpensive video stabilizer bar such as that offered by http://www.videostabilizerbar.com which helps to eliminate some of the natural twisting of the arm & wrist that is common when using an ultra compact camera like the Zi8 or Flips.

VIDEO 1
This video details how to attach the Sunpak .5x wide angle lens to your Kodak Zi8 and also goes over some of the cameras basic features and settings. The end of the video features a short clip of a real estate video tour shot using the Zi8 with the .5x lens.

This video was produced by HDhat.com full article on TechSavvyAgent.com

VIDEO 2
This video details how to attach the Sunpak .45x magnetic wide angle lens to your Kodak Zi8. The end of the video features a short clip of a real estate video tour shot using the Zi8 with the .45x lens.

This video was produced by HDhat.com full article on TechSavvyAgent.com

Kodak Zi8 - Real Estate Video Camera

Pros:
*Incredibly simple to operate
*Inexpensive
*Quality video results when lighting is sufficient
*Respectable video quality in lowlight
*External mic jack for interviews and profile videos
*HDMI port
*Removeable SD storage card
*Removeable/replaceable battery
*EIS - Electronic Image Stabilization - this cuts down on "twitches" that are common in many of the other compacts.
*Simple USB transfer and easy to use plug/play software that facilitates basic editing and transfer to Youtube and Facebook

Cons:
*Lack of manual settings for exposure.
*Software is simple but not that powerful

PHOTO GALLERY - .5x Sunpak Wide Angle lens samples
The photos below were taken with the Kodak Zi8 using the .5x wide angle lens. You'll notice far less vignetting and higher clarity with this lens vs the .45x lens. The .5x takes a little more effort to attach and modification is more apparent but it is the HDhat.com recommended solution for a wide angle lens for the Kodak Zi8.




PHOTO GALLERY - .45x Sunpak Magetic Wide Angle lens samples
The photos below were taken with the Kodak Zi8 using the .45x wide angle lens. There is noticeable vignetting with this lens. The .45x is very easy to attach and the modification is not very apparent once complete. However, the magnetic attachment does release fairly easily and could very easily result in lens breakage.



HOW TO FILM A REAL ESTATE VIDEO TOUR by HDhat.com



Additional real estate video tips at: http://techsavvyagent.com/video/real-estate-video-tips-hdhat-com/

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