Using a fisheye lens with the Kodak Zi6

Last week, I got a couple of lens adapters meant for mobile phones in the mail. Today, while playing with my Zi6, I realized that the lens adapters fit perfectly on the Zi6. There is a little metal ring with sticky tape that the lenses attach to via magnets which fits perfectly on the Zi6 without affecting the image.

Fisheye Zi6

Simply pop the lens onto the Zi6 and you have a wide angle or fisheye lens:


Fisheye/Wide Angle lens adapters on the Kodak Zi6 from John Biehler on Vimeo.

The lens adapters come with a couple of the metal rings each so I can use them on a number of devices…even with a Mac’s iSight camera.

Update: These lenses should also fit the Kodak Zx1 or just about any pocket HD camera.

Update 2: Check out my Playland post to see a video shot almost entirely with the fisheye lens attached to the Zi6…although you may not like it if you’re not a fan of rollercoasters.

24 Comments

  1. Valentino says:

    This is great! The wide angle lens would definitely benefit the Zi6 short field view.

  2. John, where did you get your fisheye lens for the zi6? Jay

  3. chris says:

    dude… where did you find these lenses???

  4. Ryan says:

    Hey John, how does the Zi6 do with a good amount of movement?

    Is there any stabilization tech. in the camera? (I’ve looked but haven’t seen any definite answers)

    Are the magnetic lenses fairly secure? Would they withstand some serious movement?

    One final question (unrelated to lenses), how’s the battery life on the 2 supplied AAs?

    Ryan

    • John says:

      There is no stabilization tech in the camera. You’d have to define serious movement – they are rare earth magnets so they can withstand a fair bit but I don’t know if I’d trust them strapped to mountain bike. I certainly haven’t tested them by flinging the camera around. I haven’t opened the included AAs yet as I have a lot of Sanyo Eneloop batteries on hand already.

  5. Ryan says:

    Thanks John. Serious movement would be exactly what you said — mountain biking, or snowboarding. The fisheye looks like it really “tames” a bouncing image, even from your short comparison video. See more, focus on small abrupt movements less perhaps. Just off the top of your head, do the batteries cause any more annoyances than a Li-ion batteries?

    Many thanks.

  6. John says:

    The batteries seem to last quite a while…hours in fact while the camera is on, recording or playing back. I’ve been quite impressed with the battery performance of the camera. The easy ability to swap out AAs is one of the main reasons I got the camera in the first place.

  7. Bryan Wolfe says:

    Will this also work on the zx1 as well, or are the lenses different sizes? This is pretty amazing! (please forgive the duplicate comment on your iphone post, i was on the wrong page!)

    • John says:

      Bryan: The lenses will work the same as on the iPhone or Zi6 – you just need to attach the ring which fits them all.

  8. Jim A says:

    John, Thanks for the great lens tips. I just got my wide angle lens in the mail today. Wow, it increases the Zi6 field of vision by at least 30%. That might not sound like a lot on the surface, but it is pretty dramatic, as you have demonstrated, when you do a comparison with and without the lens. I really like how easy it is to put it on and remove. The magnet works really well and stayed in place even with some fast and jerky motions. Have you tried the 2X Telephoto lens they advertise? I’m wondering if it would be worth getting one.

  9. Floris B says:

    Hi, what is the exact model of the fish eye lens you purchased? Could you let me know,
    Thanks

  10. Doug S says:

    Hey John, are those lenses sold in any stores?

  11. Gabe Taviano says:

    Thanks for the comment! Saw your video with the lenses before I made the purchase. Definitely thought that was pretty slick!

    http://www.gabetaviano.com/videos/kodak-zi6-initial-test

  12. marco says:

    Hi, can u pls tell me what is the ring size of the wide angle lens mounted on your zi6 ?

    thank you

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