Recorded at 1080 resolution, 30 progressive frames per second. The frame rate is obviously too slow for capturing detailed hand gestures. The next test should be at 720 resolution, 60 frames/second.
The minimum focusing distance for the Zi8 is 39.4". This was recorded at approximately 44", zoomed halfway in. Because the Zi8 does not have any optical zooming capabilities (only digital "zooming"), any zooming will introduce digital artifacts, manifested in this video in the form of a kind of soft focus.
The most obvious problem revealed in this test is that the Zi8's automatic exposure mechanism does not correctly adjust to the bright screen of the iPod. This may mean that a camera with manual exposure controls will be required.
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