To copy your captured content to your computer, flip out the USB connector, switch on the camera, and jack it into a free USB 2.0 port. Mac users will find that you have the latest version of iPhoto, it launches and offers to import the separate video and image files. If you don't have the most recent version of iPhoto, you're welcome to import files into iMovie '08 with the File: Import Movie command, or into iMovie HD via the File: Import command. Each command produces an Import navigation window, where you can locate the movies on the attached camera (within the DCIM folder).

The Zi6's movies are encoded in the H.264 format; as a result, there's no need to install another codec to use them as you would for movies recorded with the Flip cameras, because H.264 is natively supported by QuickTime (and therefore iMovie and Final Cut Pro). Audio is recorded in the AAC format at 48Kbps.

Under the proper shooting conditions, the Zi6's output looks nice -- with its 1,280-x-720 resolution, it fills up my widescreen TV nicely. And by proper shooting conditions, I mean that movies should be shot in reasonable light and the camera held with a steady hand. The Zi6's low-light shooting is unimpressive, but no worse than the Flip Mino's. If your subject is inside at night and anywhere but near a strong lamp, you'll see some graininess. Shooting at twilight outside will produce the same kind of results. Otherwise, daytime outdoor and indoor-near-a-window shots look good--not $600-and-over-camcorder good, but for such a small device, good.

As with the Flip cameras, camera shake is a concern with the Zi6. The camera has no image stabilization, so if it's operated by an over-caffeinated person, you're likely to see the image bounce around. The camera does carry a plastic tripod mount on the bottom should you need to hold it rock-steady.

Audio is about what you'd expect from a small microphone embedded in a camera. Its reach is enough to record audio from across the room, but the resulting sound won't thrill you.

With the introduction of the Kodak Zi6, the pocket-sized camcorder market got a lot more interesting. It's priced similarly to the Flip Mino but is -- with its potentially greater storage, removable battery, larger LCD, and HD capabilities -- the better camera. If you're in the market for an inexpensive camcorder and can deal with camera shake and unimpressive low-light shooting, this is the camera to have--today. Things are clearly heating up in this market and it will be interesting to see Pure Digital Technologies' response.