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Kodak PlaySport Digital Camera

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Nine Industry Awards

This camera is one of the most awarded by digital camera experts of all the digital cameras of a similar spec and age.

The reviewers at two expert review sites both concluded that they would recommend this Kodak digital camera. M3.idg.se and IT Reviews.com both gave this camera a "Recommended" award.

This digital camera was given a "Best Buy" award by both PC Advisor.co.uk and Expert Reviews, both of which said that this camera would make a great purchase.

This camera received an "Editor's Choice" from both PC Mag and Laptopmag.com, both of which said that this digital camera was superb.

The editor of Katzeausdemsack.de said that this Kodak camera was great and gave it their "Silver" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Fourty-seven experts from sites including CNET.com, Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews and T3.com have rated this Kodak digital camera on average 77 out of 100.

Average User Reviews

On average, based on 144 user reviews this waterproof camera has an overall user rating of 76%.

Good Quality Pictures

Some customers who purchased the product considered that it was able to produce good images. James mentioned in his review of this digital camera “Perfect camcorder for us as we enjoy camping holidays with the kids, this cam is really up for the job amazing picture”. Five years ago Katie wrote in her review of the Kodak PlaySport “The camera still photographs are amazing - the macro mode can turn out photos better than my DSLR can sometimes -”. Macks-Boy wrote on Amazon “This came as "Highly Recommended" by several Photography Mags.” but in spite of that they only rated the Kodak PlaySport 60 out of 100.

Several people who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good picture resolution. Laptopmag.com rated it 80 out of 100 and mentioned in their review “Its good image quality, high resolution and fram”. Expert website Askmen.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Do you prefer shooting video or snapping still images?Kodak made plenty of fans with its previous pocket camcorder release” . Computeractive.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Photos are at five megapixels” .

One person thought it was good in low light.

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Good Video Capture

A few Kodak PlaySport reviewers said in their reviews that this digital camera was good for video recording. A Jones rated the product 4 stars and said “Good novelty video cam that can record in watery conditions” in their review. Donal Buckley wrote “The clean lines made it far easier to stow in swim gear than any waterproof P&C and the video quality was excellent” in their review of this digital camera however they rated the product 3 stars. Iain scored this digital camera very highly and said three years ago “She loves making films and was always struggling with hand held video cameras that only seem designed for Right handed use” in their review of this digital camera.

Easy to Use

Thirty-five customers mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use. A Jones gave the product a rating of 4 stars and said “Handy Cam”. Amanda gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and she mentioned in her review of this digital camera “Really easy to use and upload to other websites”. Five years ago Ctony gave this digital camera a rating of 80 out of 100 and wrote in their review of this digital camera on Amazon “It's small easy to use and totally water proof.I didn't give it 5 stars because”.

One customer who reviewed it mentioned that it was easy to handle. Smarthouse.com.au scored it 4 stars and said “The ZX3 is mostly made of hard plastic, has rubberised grips for easy handling” in their review of this digital camera.

One person wrote in their reviews that the Kodak PlaySport had a good experience. Five years ago Steves-Digicams.com wrote in their review of the Kodak PlaySport on expert website Steve's Digicams “Looking to capture your experience? Kodak releases the appropriately named PlaySport (aka Zx5) for your dilemma”.

One person who purchased the Kodak PlaySport concluded that it had a good interface. Uk.askmen.com rated the Kodak PlaySport 4 stars and said in their review of the Kodak PlaySport “Sturdy build Simple user interface”.

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Robust

Some Kodak PlaySport reviewers mentioned that it was strong and durable. J. Porter mentioned in their Kodak PlaySport review “The waterproofing and shockproofing also seem to work well - for me I felt they offered more peace of mind than anything” . June Will said on Amazon “Sturdy and good quality product which uploads direct to websites/email etc” in her Kodak PlaySport review. Three years ago Kaye Ryan said on Amazon “The so called help desk, told me basically, that it was tough, only the camera was covered by warranty”.

A number of Kodak PlaySport reviewers considered that it was good at resisting water ingress. Filipe Miguel Esturrenho Barradas mentioned “I specially enjoyed the underwater capability” . Filipe Miguel Esturrenho Barradas also wrote “The underwater videos were very good and the image was clean”. Loony Loo mentioned in their review of the Kodak PlaySport “Image quality was what I wanted, especially underwater, absolutely fine for me”.

Thirteen customers who reviewed it thought it was well made. A. Ramsey wrote on Amazon “All worked well, felt solid” although they scored it 2 stars. Six years ago Cnet.com wrote in their Kodak PlaySport review on expert review site CNET.com “The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video”. Smarthouse.com.au wrote in their Kodak PlaySport review “Feels very solid”.

Two Kodak PlaySport owners said that the Kodak PlaySport was sealed. J. Porter said “Making sure everything is correctly sealed as I think this is the cause of most people's issues” in their review of the Kodak PlaySport. About.com mentioned “It is waterproof to a depth of 10 feet, can survive a drop of up to five feet and is sealed against dust”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch. Four years ago Venu App wrote “It looks it was damaged prior to dispatch”.

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Nice Design

A few people wrote in their reviews that it was a good design. About.com said “Features a rugged design that makes it rather unique in the pocket video camera market” . Macworld.com wrote in their Kodak PlaySport review on expert review site Mac World five years ago “Photos, though it has one design flaw”. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote in their Kodak PlaySport review “It has a design flaw in its button l”.

Three Kodak PlaySport reviewers who bought the Kodak PlaySport said that it was good looking. Filipe Miguel Esturrenho Barradas wrote “All in all it is a pretty good camera with a lot of functionality”. Judith said “The quality of the pictures are actually pretty good and the camera is easy to use” however she gave this digital camera a score of 3 stars.

A few customers considered that it was neat. Joymailey mentioned “Just what I wanted, small, neat and light to put in my handbag” in their review. Four years ago Loony Loo said in their review on Amazon “Mobile phone size so really neat”.

One customer wrote in their reviews that the Kodak PlaySport was luxurious. Review7345 scored the product 5 stars and mentioned on Amazon “Also to buy the kodak Neoprene Deluxe Case.”. One Kodak PlaySport owner said in their reviews that the Kodak PlaySport was well designed. Springbok mentioned in their review on Amazon five years ago “It is very well designed and thought out” and scored the product 5 stars.

One customer concluded that this digital camera was smooth. Uk.askmen.com said “The 4x zoom felt sticky when we wanted it to be smooth” in their Kodak PlaySport review.

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Good Size

Six Kodak PlaySport owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was compact. Rob Elmour gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he wrote on Amazon five years ago “However, I would recommend using it as a supplemement to a decent quality compact camera rather than as a replacement” in his review of this digital camera. Spike mentioned in their review of the Kodak PlaySport on Amazon “I bought the Kodak Playsport because I wanted a compact and cheap camcorder for motorcycle track days” yet they gave it a rating of 2 stars. Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “The compact Kodak Playsport Zx5 Video Camera is a top pocket camcorder”.

A few Kodak PlaySport owners thought the product was lightweight. Stacey Henderson gave it an excellent review score and he said “So lightweight small and easy to use”. Four years ago Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Compact, lightweight and durable” however despite that they only gave it a rating of 68 out of 100. Uk.askmen.com rated the product 4 stars and mentioned “Rock solid build, yet relatively lightweight” in their review of this digital camera.

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that the Kodak PlaySport was easy to carry around. Three years ago Jennifer Werry mentioned in her review of the Kodak PlaySport “Easy to carry easy to down load” and gave it a score of 5 stars.

A number of Kodak PlaySport reviewers who reviewed this digital camera said that it was good structurally. V3.co.uk gave the Kodak PlaySport a score of 4 stars and wrote “A well-built, good-value camcorder, though has a couple of flaws Good points Great value; well-built, robust construction despite small size; high-definition video”.

One person concluded that the product was a good depth. Simon P. Jesse mentioned four years ago “Worked exceptionally well underwater (snorkelling depth) and captured some beautiful photos” in his review.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers said in their reviews that it was good quality. A Jones said “Picture quality and video reasonable” in their review of this digital camera. Alan L he mentioned in his review on Amazon “Device screen quality looks good, picture quality seems OK.”. Amanda rated the Kodak PlaySport 4 stars and she mentioned “If it had a flash it would have been a 5! Fast switch on, so quickly can capture moments, good quality pictures and videos” in her review.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

Six people said in their reviews that it had a good screen. Donal Buckley mentioned “The review screen was unusable in bright sunlight.”. Joey D wrote “The image quality on the small screen is more than adequate” in his review of the Kodak PlaySport and rated the product 5 stars. Uk.askmen.com wrote in their Kodak PlaySport review “Crisp LCD display”.

Good Technical Features

Some Kodak PlaySport reviewers said in their reviews that it had good features. Five years ago Itreviews.com said “The company has upgraded last year's PlaySport Zx3 to the Zx5, adding some new and improved features” and rated it 4 stars. Expert review site Digit.in gave the product a score of 70 out of 100 and mentioned “The PlaySport Zx3 brings a fresh look to the market of compact camcorders with its features like full HD capability, face detection”.

Good Quality Lens

Some customers who reviewed it concluded that it had a good zoom. Rob Elmour said on Amazon “The picture quality isn't brilliant and the digital zoom is horrible” in his Kodak PlaySport review. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “This and the sluggish zoom were our only real negatives” in their review. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote “A bigger screen and improved zoom would add further kudos.” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product 80 out of 100.

One Kodak PlaySport reviewer thought the Kodak PlaySport had a good autofocus. Uk.askmen.com said two years ago “One that delivers decent levels of detail, accurate colours and sharp focusing” in their review of this digital camera and gave the product a rating of 4 stars.

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Good Battery Life

Several Kodak PlaySport reviewers agreed that it had a good battery life. Ctony rated the product 4 stars and wrote on Amazon “Makes video look like the videos they use in the showrooms for very high def tv's3) My battery runs low very fast” in their review. Sedov said in their Kodak PlaySport review on Amazon “Battery life was brilliant - easy to use point”. Uk.askmen.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Improved battery life” and gave the Kodak PlaySport a rating of 4 stars.

Good Connectivity

Some people who bought it considered that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Review7345 mentioned three years ago “Great includes HDMI cable to connect to your tv” in their review. Expert review site Etechreviews.com said “Good video quality for its class, up to ten feet waterproofing, bundled HDMI cable, good sharing software”.

One Kodak PlaySport reviewer who purchased the Kodak PlaySport reckoned that it was good in terms of USB connections. Gadgetspeak.com wrote “Lacks a built-in USB connector” however despite that they only gave the product a rating of 3 stars.

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Good Brand

Kodak waterproof cameras have good ratings on average and across all digital cameras Kodak is one of the better rated brands.

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Has an Image Stabiliser

The PlaySport has an image stabiliser, as do most of the other waterproof cameras that have been around for around the same time as the PlaySport.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other cameras with an image stabiliser currently available including the Coolpix P7100, or the Coolpix S8200 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 which has better reviews.

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Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PlaySport, the PlaySport is waterproof.

There are a number of alternative waterproof cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Coolpix P7100, or the Coolpix S8200 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 which has better reviews.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is typical of many cameras of a similar age and spec to it.

There are a number of other cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might want to consider including the EOS 7D ($1,359.55), or the EOS 1D X ($4,599.99) both from Canon or the Nikon Coolpix P7100 which has better reviews.

If the sensor type of this waterproof camera is too bad for you then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 (CCD) which is also higher rated.

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Has One White Balance Mode

The number of white balance modes found on the Kodak PlaySport is more than most digital cameras of this age and type. This Kodak digital camera has an Auto white balance mode, which is the most frequently found white balance mode found on comparable spec digital cameras that were released around the same time as the PlaySport.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The Kodak PlaySport has one of the bigger internal memory (128 megabytes) amongst cameras of this age. The average internal memory of comparable spec digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as the PlaySport is 86MB.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 125 grams, the PlaySport is fairly light compared to most of the other cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the PlaySport. Across all the cameras of this spec and age the weights range from 36g to 1.4kg, and the average weight is 260g.

Cameras with a heavier weight that might be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) (188g), or the Lumix DMC-FT3 (175g) both from Panasonic or the Canon PowerShot D20 (205g) which also has a higher rating.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The PlaySport has a greater number of supported image formats than most similar spec cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. The most commonly supported image format is JPG, but this image format is not supported by this Kodak digital camera. The image formats EXIF and JPEG XR are also supported by this digital camera.

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Supports Two Power Sources

The Kodak PlaySport has a greater number of power sources than most similar spec digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This camera supports a Battery power source, which is the most commonly supported power source supported by cameras of a comparable type and age to the PlaySport. The power source "DC" is also supported by this Kodak digital camera.

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Auto Focus

This camera has an Auto focus, which is the most commonly found focus on digital cameras of a similar age and type to it.

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Short

The shortest digital camera of a similar age and spec to the PlaySport is 17mm tall and the tallest is 650mm. With a height of only 17.7 millimeters, the Kodak PlaySport is one of the shortest cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PlaySport amongst similar spec cameras of this age.

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16 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

The PlaySport does not have a built-in flash. Most of the other waterproof cameras that came out more than two years ago do have a built-in flash.

Other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might want to look at include the Coolpix P7100, or the Coolpix S8200 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Full HD Video

The Kodak PlaySport does not support Full HD video. Most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to the PlaySport do support Full HD video.

We compared this digital camera to all the other cameras with a Full HD video and we think the Coolpix P7100, or the Coolpix S8200 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Video Recording

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar spec and age to the PlaySport, the Kodak PlaySport does not support video recording.

It is worth also looking at alternative cameras which also support video recording including the Coolpix P7100, or the Coolpix S8200 both from Nikon or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS

The Kodak PlaySport does not have a GPS, although it is worth noting that most of the other waterproof cameras that have been available for more than two years also do not have a GPS.

Other cameras which also have a GPS that you might also want to look at include the Lumix DMC-FT3, or the Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) both from Panasonic or the Nikon Coolpix P7100 which is also higher rated.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PlaySport does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec digital cameras that were released more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative cameras which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to consider include the Nikon Coolpix P7100, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95), or the Canon EOS 70D ($764.99) which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D Compatible

The PlaySport is not 3D compatible. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the PlaySport are also not 3D compatible.

If you would prefer a digital camera that is 3D compatible then you might also want to consider the Lumix DMC-FT3, or the Lumix DMC-FT5 ($309.95) both from Panasonic which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Low Megapixel Count

The Kodak PlaySport has a very low megapixel count (only 5 megapixels) compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that have been on the market for more than two years. Cameras of a similar type and age to the PlaySport have megapixel counts of between 5MP and 23MP, and the average megapixel count is 14MP.

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Very Low Maximum Waterproof Depth

The average maximum waterproof depth of digital cameras of this spec and age is 11m. At only 3 meters, the Kodak PlaySport has a quite low maximum waterproof depth compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Screen Size

When compared to other cameras that were launched around the same time as the PlaySport that we have checked the screen size of, the PlaySport's screen size of only 2 inches is one of the smallest. Across all the similar spec cameras that were released around the same time as the PlaySport the screen sizes range from 1.8" to 3.3", and the average screen size is 2.8".

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Quite Short Maximum Camera Shutter Speed

The average maximum camera shutter speed of cameras of this spec and age is 9.1s. The maximum camera shutter speed of the Kodak PlaySport of only 0.03 seconds is one of the shortest amongst cameras that came out around the same time as the PlaySport.

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Quite Low Display Resolution

Similar spec digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the PlaySport have display resolutions of between 150,000 pixels and 1,300,000 pixels, and the average display resolution is 530,000 pixels. With a display resolution of only 154,000 pixels, the Kodak PlaySport has a very low display resolution compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been available for a similar time to the PlaySport.

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Very Low Maximum ISO Speed

The average maximum ISO speed of cameras of this age and spec is 7,900, and the maximum ISO speeds range from 200 to 52,000. The PlaySport has one of the lower maximum ISO speeds (only 1,600) amongst waterproof cameras of this age.

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Only Supports One Audio Format

The PlaySport has a greater number of audio formats than most comparable spec digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as it. The most frequently supported audio format is WAV, but this audio format is not supported by this camera. The audio formats LC-AAC are also supported by this Kodak camera.

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Thick

At 58.2 millimeters, the PlaySport is fairly thick compared to most of the other waterproof cameras that are a similar age to the PlaySport. The thinnest comparable spec camera that has been on the market for more than two years is 1mm deep and the thickest is 83mm.

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Very Large Closest Focusing Distance

The closest focusing distance of the PlaySport of 0.7 meters is one of the largest amongst cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PlaySport. The average closest focusing distance of digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to the PlaySport is 0.15m.

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Quite Large Minimum Aperture

When compared to other cameras of this type and age that we have checked, the Kodak PlaySport's minimum aperture of 5.5 is one of the largest. The minimum apertures of similar spec cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PlaySport range from 2 to 8.5, and the average minimum aperture is 3.4.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Kodak PlaySport

Released Over Two Years Ago

This camera was released over two years ago.

SD Memory Card

This camera supports an SD|SDHC memory card, which is the most commonly supported memory card on waterproof cameras that came out around the same time as it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

Cameras with a better memory card type that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), the Nikon Coolpix P7100 (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Canon PowerShot D20 (SD|SDHC|SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Digital Zoom

With a digital zoom of 4 times zoom factor, the Kodak PlaySport has a relatively standard digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including because of it's better review score, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3, the Nikon Coolpix P7100, or the Canon PowerShot D20.

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel Count
Sensor Type
Image Format
Image Stabilizer
Aspect Ratio
Design
Colour
Maximum Waterproof Depth
Lens System
Digital Zoom
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
Focusing
Closest Focusing Distance
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Mode
ISO Speed
Maximum ISO Speed
Minimum ISO Speed
Shutter
Maximum Camera Shutter Speed
Minimum Camera Shutter Speed
Video
Video Format
HD Type
Audio
Audio Format
Audio System
Memory
Memory Card
Internal Memory
Maximum Memory Card Size
Display
Screen Size
Display
Display Resolution
Ports & Interfaces
USB Version
Camera
White Balance Mode
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Weight Including Battery
Battery
Power Source
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Other Features

9 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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10 April 2014

The Kodak PlaySport is a pocket camcorder that is clearly targeted at the adventurous man. The PlaySport features electronic image stabilisation and is waterproof for up to 10 feet, allowing you... Read more…

Very good video and image quality
Uses removable SD cards for storage
Waterproof down to 10 feet deep
Great still photos
Portable and rugged
Button layout often leads to accidental presses
Price when rated
Nonremovable battery
No flashvideo light
No builtin memory

With ?Flips? now a discontinued line there is a gap in the market for a small ? pocket size ? camcorder, this one from Kodak is waterproof to ten feet and has a range of special features as well... Read more…

A new and redesigned, userfriendly control system
Compact, lightweight and durable
Easy to use
Decent quality for the price
The waterproofshockproof Kodak PlaySport Z 5 produces very good video quality for its price and size, is easy to use, and has good editingsharing software
The builtin lithium ion battery can't be removed for easy replacement
No built-in USB connector
No flash
The PlaySport doesn't have a built-in USB connector, there's no flash or video light, and the battery can't be removed
Small 5MP stills shooting
27 December 2011

The only real strength of the Playsport Burton is the range of accessories which justify the price rise. The fact it's waterproof and shock resistant might attract some consumers, but the quality...

Waterproof, shockresistant exterior
Attractive materials
4 GB SD card included
HDMI and minitripod included
Underwater mode
Video contains medium amounts of detail
Low sensitivity
Very narrow field of view in 1080p mode
Piqu d'image moyen
Sensibilit mauvaise

I'm still taken aback that there are underwater HD camcorders available for less than $200. Five years ago that would have been unthinkable. That said, the Burton Edition is a decent device in the...

27 October 2011

An easy-to-use, and rugged, waterproof video camera...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 April 2011 by Mr. R. K. Salliss

I'm not a techy or photographer - I just wanted a camera to take video and stills when I'm sailing. This was easy and intuitive to use. Doesn't come with a SDHC memory card and so this is... Read more…

Reviewed 17 February 2011 by M. Hodgkiss

I already have the LX3 so many things are much the same. I wanted to be able to take HD movies in AVCHD lite so hence the purchase of the LX5. Very annoyed about the battery though why does... Read more…

Reviewed 16 November 2011 by Springbok

This has everything you would want for recording holiday and family events. On top of this, it is extremely easy to use - I have used all the features it offers and haven't once read the... Read more…

Reviewed 28 September 2011 by Ctony
(Verified Purchase)

I love this camera. It's small easy to use and totally water proof. I didn't give it 5 stars because: 1) Menus are a bit slow and the navigation button is a bit hard to use 2) Video quality could... Read more…

Reviewed 6 June 2012 by Loony loo
(Verified Purchase)

I bought this for a holiday and cruise as I really wanted a video recorder....Arrived quickly and is tiny... Mobile phone size so really neat. very easy to use and tested it in the bath with no... Read more…

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