The focus switch on the Kodak Zi6

2009-12-23 22:01:42 UTC

The Kodak Zi6 pocket video camera has a switch on its upper-right corner that selects its focal length. It appears to have two settings: Distance, indicated by mountains, and macro, indicated by a flower.

That appearance is wrong. The switch is not binary; it actually selects within a range.

This is useful for things that are close to the camera, but not macro close. For an example, I took pictures of my keyboard. Fully macro was unusably blurry; fully distance looked like this:

Slightly blurry.

whereas moving the switch a little bit up from distance mode got me this:

Perfectly clear.

Neither photo has been adjusted at all. Both photos were taken freehand, but I can vouch for their sharpness-accuracy: What you see in the first photo is focal blur, not motion blur.

So, if you have a Kodak Zi6 (or, perhaps, one of their other cameras, especially in the same family) and you want to take a photo or video of something close but not macro close, adjust that focus switch a little bit.

One Response to “The focus switch on the Kodak Zi6”

  1. Matt Kline Says:

    Thanks for figuring this out. I was just about to throw my zi6 in the dumpster. I took videos that were perfect during Christmas and now they were terrible. I thought it was just the lens. Once I read this article, I saw my switch was moved slightly. I fixed it and tested it and the video was back to great quality. You just saved me a couple hundred bucks.

    Thanks,

    Matt

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