Get a Kodak Zi6 HD camcorder for $90 shipped

It may not be Kodak's latest and greatest pocket 'corder, but the Zi6 delivers solid 720p video, a roomy LCD, and admirably easy controls.


An HD camcorder that fits in your pocket and costs less than $100? Sign me up!

OfficeMax has the Kodak Zi6 pocket HD camcorder for $89.99 shipped (plus sales tax in most states). Don't like basic black? It's also available in red.

The Zi6 is widely regarded as one of the better models in its pocket-cam class. CNET gave it a generally positive review, griping mostly about the paltry onboard storage, since you have to BYO SD cards.

I consider that a plus: the competing models from Creative and Flip don't have SD slots, so you're stuck with whatever storage is built in. And here's an 8GB SDHC card for all of $14.99 shipped. That'll net you well over 2 hours of high-def shooting.

Speaking of which, the Zi6 captures 720p video at up to 60 frames per second using a 16:9 aspect ratio. It sports a 2.4-inch LCD and the obligatory built-in USB connector for quick uploading to your PC, YouTube, etc.

It comes with a pair of AA rechargeables and a charger, but you can always swap in a couple Energizers in a pinch.

I'm happy to say this is a new model, not a refurb, so you get the standard one-year warranty. Definitely a worthwhile buy if you're in the market for a low-price, high-quality, highly portable camcorder.

Backup deal: Everybody loves freebies, right? Today's Giveaway of the Day deal (which expires at midnight PT) is for Paragon's Partition Manager 10.0 Personal--which normally sells for $39.95. Granted, there are several good partition managers that are always free, but where's the cheapskate fun in that? Standard GotD rules apply.

 

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