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Kodak Printer – Community Review

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A couple of months ago, Kodak sent me the ESP 9 to review. They also had me determine how much money I could be saving on ink if I were using this printer instead of the one I currently own. Several other YouTube partners were given the same opportunity. Since more than one of those videos showed up on YouTube, there were – of course – a few haters in the comments. One commenter, though, was not only polite and nice… he actually asked if he could HAVE the ESP 9. I decided to send it to him. Here, you’ll see his review.

Matt has done a few screencasts for us in the past. He’s a great community member, and participates often. When he jokingly asked if he could have the Kodak printer, I thought it was a great idea. I’m not in the market for a new printer myself, even though this is a good one. What better way to handle things than by giving back to the community?

Matt absolutely loves this printer. He was excited that this is an all-in-one machine… printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. He likes the way the paper is stored under the printer in drawers… making it easier for paper to feed into the unit without having as much worry about paper jams.

He notes that the scanner lid is lightweight and will lock in an open position. Too often, you can have issues with scan lids dropping down or being too heavy to properly scan your documents. Also, if you want to scan a page from a book, traditional closing lids are impossible to help you get a clear scan of the book. With the ESP 9, you don’t have issues with that. Just lock the lid open and scan away to your heart’s content.

The printer includes multimedia ports, including an SD card and camera connections. This printer also boasts:

  • Convenient 2-cartridge, 6-ink system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity keeps you more connected than ever before
  • The consumer inkjet printing industry’s first 10 in. touch control panel
  • Sleek, intuitive design with memory card slots for printing with or without a computer

Matt feels that the touch-screen on the front is the best feature. He was impressed with the way he can check ink and paper levels with the touch of a finger. Again – the ink cartridges are “dirt cheap” for this particular printer. Matt notes that they last a long time, so you’ll definitely save money.

Congratulations, Matt, for being a great community member and for having a cool new printer to use.

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How to Save Ink Printing

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This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Kodak. All opinions are 100% mine.

I print. You print. We all print. However, just because we all print the same amount doesn’t mean that we’re spending the same amount of money on our supplies. Maybe it’s time to rethink your ink strategy?

Just how much ink does your printer go through? More importantly, how much are you paying for that ink? Are you over-spending? You can easily find out using the overpayment calculator on Kodak’s website. I found out that I have overpaid $137.16 for my ink in the past year. Gee, what could I have done with that money?

I could have gotten 4 GB of additional RAM for my computer. That’s a lot of extra memory, folks.

MORE USB! I love USB devices, including regular old USB flash drives. A Geek can never have enough. With my savings, I could have purchased 24 of these little 2 GB USB 2.0 flash drives.

I love to watch movies, and I love to store media on a physical disc for safe-keeping. What better way to do that than with the 105 dual-layer DVD +R discs I could have bought?

My iPhone doesn’t have enough Apps, that’s all there is to it. You may think I have more than enough, but I could have 138 more of them right about now had I saved money on my ink!

My backyard is a mess. It needs some more work done to it, including about 342 pounds of river pebbles. I could have gotten those with my savings, had I been using the Kodak printer!

I bet if I try hard, I could find 489 friends in my address book that I could have sent postcards to. With the money I would have saved, I could have purchased the stamps for all of those postcards. That’s nearly 500 of them!

I lose my ink pens all the time. It never fails. I’ll go to grab a pen, and there’s just none to be found. Had I saved all this money by using the Kodak printer, I’d have a stockpile of 762 black ink pens lying around.

Om nom nom A&W Root Beer Barrels. Those little hard candies are addictive and delicious. I’d have 2025 of them sitting here right now if I had saved money. Of course, I would likely need to get some exercise after eating them all.

You know those little wooden toothpicks that are mint-flavored? They come individually wrapped so that they stay minty fresh. I can’t get enough of those. They are just… cool. I could have 50,528 of them right now. WHY am I not saving money on ink?

Lastly, I could have purchased additional storage space for 348,996 pictures online. That is one heck of a lot of photos that I could be sharing with the World.

What would you get with your savings?

By using a Kodak printer instead of the one that’s sitting behind me right now, I could have any number of really cool things. Rethink your ink!.

Thanks to Kristin Marshall for all of the awesome artwork used in this post.

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Kodak Zi8 Review

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You might remember my review of the Kodak Zi6 awhile back. The folks at Kodak recently sent me the new Zi8 to review – and I’m very thankful they have. I really like what they have done with it!

For one thing, this video was recorded using the Zi8, and no tripod. I wanted to show off the amazing Digital Image Stabilization on this little machine. Pretty awesome, isn’t it? The Zi8 also allows me to hook up an external microphone, to allow for better sound quality. That, my friends, makes this gadget priceless in my book. The frame-rate is perfect in low-light situations!

I recorded in 720p at 60fps! That may not be apparent if you’re watching on YouTube, but it will be if you use the download link below. Kodak also kept with the macro feature. You can see while looking at my Bamboo tree, the tree comes into focus and fades away the background. You can easily switch between focal points with just the flick of a button.

There is, of course, a built-in USB port, allowing you to connect to your computer and upload direct to YouTube and other sites if you wish. The Zi8 has a slot for additional storage of up to 32GB. That will hold more pictures and videos than you will likely ever take.

I highly recommend the Zi8. It’s a great recorder, with excellent quality video output. At less than $200.00, it’s an excellent buy, as well.

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Still Image Quality from the Best Video Cameras

“musicmaster890” was awestruck by the scenery in Seattle (specifically, the landscape shot in my recent video camera field test). He decided to take high quality stills and sew them together into single panoramic photos. I say the results were quite striking – further lending credibility to my argument that the Creative Vado balances color better than the Zi6 and the Mino HD.

I’ve uploaded these images to my Flickr account (obviously, opting to embed them in this post as well). If you’d like to view a higher resolution image, simply click the thumbnail. They were all taken from the videos in this series. No, I don’t live on a lake; the mirror effect was added for artistic purposes. The photos were not retouched in any other way.

  • Pure Digital’s Flip Mino HD is, as expected, a bit washed out. Yes, all it needs is a bit of contrast and saturation adjustment, but this was lifted directly from a video. Wouldn’t you have better colors from your video camera without needing to edit in post?
  • Kodak’s Zi6 does fairly well with contrast, but the sky is a tad oversaturated (almost looking like the Mino HD’s sky – minus the Mino’s inexplicable green tint).
  • Thanks to its wide angle lens, Creative’s Vado HD captured much more (vertically) compared to the other two devices. The sky’s blue and the clouds’ orange seem true to my memory of the scene, too.

Which one looks best? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. One thing’s for sure: I love my backyard!

Kodak Zi6

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Creative Vado HD

Creative Vado Stitched Landscape.jpg

Flip Mino HD

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Best Video Camera: Creative Vado HD vs Flip Mino HD vs Kodak Zi6?

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First, I got the Kodak Zi6. Then, I got the Flip Mino HD. A few hours ago, I received a recently-ordered Creative Vado HD and decided that instead of doing a full-on review of it, I’d compare it directly against the Mino HD and the Zi6 – in a short video shootout.

  • Flip Mino HD Likes: small and lightweight; has decent software that runs on both Mac OS X and Windows; decent “foreground subject focused” audio in noisy situations.
  • Flip Mino HD Dislikes: Touch controls are too sensitive; there’s a plastic protector that flips out along with the USB connector; colors are always washed out; flat video quality; white balance is impossible; tons of noise in low light; my skin tone never looks right indoors; built-in YouTube uploader decreases quality automatically; tiny LCD screen; cheap plastic wrist strap.
  • Kodak Zi6 Likes: decent saturation; decent audio; great LCD size; uses AA batteries; uses SDHC media; macro switch; great quality when not blurring.
  • Kodak Zi6 Dislikes: unpredictably blurred recordings in low light; no clear audio when noisy; no Mac software support; can be oversaturated in certain scene; heavy construction.
  • Creative Vado HD Likes: great balance of color and saturation in the average shot; tends to favor skin tones; wide angle lens; can record two hours; replaceable / rechargeable battery via USB; lightweight; sharp definition.
  • Creative Vado HD Dislikes: included skin doesn’t accommodate battery replacement / hard reset; audio is treble muted from behind (in narration); skews to light which isn’t always neutral; has a wrist strap slot but doesn’t come with a strap.

The Flip Mino HD is the worst of the bunch to my eyes and ears, and I’m looking to sell it (hardly used) at a good price. The Kodak is completely unusable in artificial light (due to uncontrollable blurring), which rules it out for where I’d need it most. I don’t think Flip is going to fix their problems with a software update, but I’m holding out hope for a Zi6 fix. Kodak has to get its act together – so does Pure Digital.

For my money right now, it’s the Creative Vado HD. The wide angle lens is absolutely essential when you’re trying to get closer to a subject – or if you want more in the scene. That’s all you need to know – and all the reason to go with a Vado HD over the others. Even if you think the Zi6 isn’t bad, the Vado’s wide angle lens trumps it. You have to be much further away from your subject to get the same shot as you can with a Vado (closer, and with MORE in the frame). Keep that in mind the next time you’re in tight quarters, or when you have to take three steps back just to get the shot you wanted.

Plus, the Vado does a much better job with skin tones and saturation (generally) compared to the other two in indoor situations. The HDMI cable may be another win for you and the Vado, but I seldom use video out in these cameras – so that’s just a value add. Hardware controls are comfortable on the Vado, and I like how its USB connector is flexible.

Now, you can watch the following videos inline – but I’d also recommend viewing them on YouTube (where you can watch the original 1280×720 as recorded and uploaded without editing). I’ve linked to the HD versions in the list above. Understand, too, that the Zi6 was at least six inches behind both the Flip Mino HD and Creative Vado HD in this test – even though it appears as though the Creative Vado HD was the furthest away. I’m telling you: that wide angle lens is AWESOME.

Flip Mino HD

Kodak Zi6

Creative Vado HD