Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera – Black (2nd Generation) Reviews

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If you’re going to live with no limits, you need a pocket video camera that can deliver the goods in full 1080p HD. The Kodak PlaySport Video Camera is up for the challenge. We built it to take on the most extreme lifestyles with an insanely tough design – we’re talking shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof to a depth of 10 feet. And built-in image stabilization smoothes out even the roughest ride. Whether you’re carving up the mountain or pulling stunts in the skate park, the PlaySport is up for anything. And with a touch of the Share button, shocking your social network couldn’t be simpler. Show the world why you’re so Kodak. We dare you.

Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera - Black  (2nd Generation)

Features Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera – Black (2nd Generation)

  • Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 10 ft
  • Kodak’s Share button lets you choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak Pulse Display
  • Full 1080p HD videos and 5 MP HD stills, with auto focus
  • Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization
  • On-camera editing
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. 1,025 of 1,041 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good camera overall, a bit grainy when shooting indoors., March 17, 2011
    By 
    whim

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    The Kodak PlaySport Zx3 (the older model) was a pretty good camcorder (better than most in this category), so I was thrilled when I found out there was a new model coming out. However, Kodak made some changes that I was really disappointed about:

    SENSOR SIZE:
    When it comes to video quality one of the most important things to look at is the size of the sensor. The (new) Zx5 has a 1/3.2 sensor which is smaller than the (old) Zx3 with a 1/2.5 sensor. Basically, bigger is better when it comes to sensor size. Smaller sensors result in more “noise” which will affect the image quality. This is especially a problem in low-light situations. (I think the video quality is good in bright light situations, but it is a bit grainy in low light.)
    Now I don’t expect too much from a $179 camcorder, but the older model which came out at $149 (and is now even cheaper), has a bigger sensor (with the same CMOS type and 5 MP size). What’s up with that? Newer models are supposed to get better, not worse!

    BATTERY:
    The other significant change is that the Zx5 has an integrated battery. Yes, that means it’s non-removable. Which means that you can no longer keep spare batteries for “just in case”… and you know the battery always runs out at the worst possible moment. And, even worse, if the battery malfunctions/dies the camera is useless and you have to send it to Kodak for them to replace the battery ($$). And besides, what’s the point of making a camera that is capable of recording up to TEN hours (on a 32GB card) when a single battery charge can’t last even close to that?

    If you can get past those two BIG negatives then you might want to read about the GOOD changes:

    —-Macro mode has been added. (7 – 17 cm). This is a really great feature.
    —-Focus range: Zx5 is ~4 inches to infinity, while the older Zx3 is ~39 inches to infinity.
    —-camera is now shockproof. (Good for those of us who drop things. I am guilty of that.)
    —-Special “Cool Capture Effects” added. This is really great for all you creative types.
    —-sharing videos online is a bit easier with this model. (“3-step sharing”)
    —-records in MP4 format. The older model recorded in the MOV format. MP4 format is easier to work with in most video editing software.

    The other positives about this camera (but these are not new features):
    —-Waterproof (up to 10 feet)… but being able to record in macro under water is new.
    —-Image stabilization is pretty good for a pocket camera.
    —-Face detection ability
    —-Can record up to 10 hours if you get a 32 GB card
    —-Small and comfortable to hold on to.

    Comparing to Flip and Sony:
    I also considered buying the Flip UltraHD, but its image sensor is even smaller. It is 1/4.5. The Sony Bloggie was a good contender with its sensor being 1/2.5, and it takes better quality still photos, but it’s not waterproof and it also has the internal battery issue. You’re not going to find a perfect, pocket sized camera with all the features you want, and all for under $200. So, essentially, you have to decide which features are most important to you, and which features you are going to sacrifice.

    Overall, this is a pretty good camcorder and is filled with tons of good features, but I think it’s really too bad that Kodak made those changes with the sensor and the battery. Otherwise, this really would have been an awesome little camcorder. Despite those 2 big negatives, I bought this camera anyway (instead of the Zx3). (I really wanted the macro mode and mp4 format). If most of your filming will be in low-light situations I wouldn’t recommend this camera. It’s good if most of your filming will be outdoors or in bright light.

    If you do decide to get this camcorder, or any camcorder that uses SD/SDHC cards for that matter, be sure you get a fast card (a Class 6 or higher). A slow card can cause problems when recording.

    Also, the HDMI cable is not included with the Zx5. They will send you one if you pay shipping & handling ($6.50). The other problem that people may not know of is that if you happen to own the Zx3 and already have an HDMI cable and think you can use it on this camera then think again. You’re out of luck. The Zx5 uses a smaller cable. It uses the micro HDMI cable (type D).

    I did a lot of research before buying this camera and still had a hard time choosing. Hopefully this review will be helpful to you.

    (((I had to compress the uploaded video because of Amazon’s file size limitation. The original is better quality.)))

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    ~~~Update 3-24-11:
    I don’t feel this camera is as bad as what some of the negative reviews imply. Sure, I shot some video that was horrible and really grainy, but I was in really low-light and I was moving too fast. I got much better results…

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  2. WM "Prince" says:
    291 of 304 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    2nd Generation PlaySport, March 14, 2011
    By 
    WM “Prince” (CA, USA) –

    This review is from: Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera – Black (2nd Generation) (Camera)

    Kodak Playsport Zx5, is the more durable, weatherproof replacement for the first generation playsport, the Zx3, this one offers some new features better than the Zx3, yet leaves some features that i yearn they should have left on the Zx5.

    I am happy with the waterproof feature, its perfect for any summer holiday with your friends or family. However, dont drop it while your swimming because if it sinks deeper than 10 Ft., the pressure will force water through the seals (always use the included lanyard). Also, dont use it on normal beaches as the water usually isnt clear enough to be able to record anything, recording in swimming pools however, is entirely different. The clarity of a pool makes for some interesting recordings underwater that you dont usually see with regular camcorders like the Flip mino.

    The anti-glare feature is a nice touch, especially on the beach, its a software that artificially reduces the glare from your screen, but it does not effect the recording one bit, just the screen.

    The menu is pretty cryptic, no words, just alot of symbols which i am fine with, you are gonna read the instructions anyways, and most of the symbols are pretty self explanatory, the only real problem with this is that new people you let borrow the recorder might be a bit confused.

    Now, what does Kodak Zx5 offers to substitute the previous model?

    The first feature, sharing button system is created to simplify the video or image sharing process to popular social networks. With its new share button applied on the video camera, I just press a button and the video will be uploaded automatically. But to make it work, it has to be plugged into a computer with the software isntalled. Kodak has also added some new popular social network sites like Flickr, KODAK Gallery, and ORKUT.

    Second, it has macro mode, which enables me to shoot and focus small objects. This is an interesting feature and in my opinion this is a great main additional feature offered by Kodak. Great for recording small objects such as bugs or items. On recorders without macro, smaller items would just be blurred out of focus if the camera got too close.

    third, I can play out my creativity with its four capture effects. Theres black and white, sepia, bright colors and even the 70s film style. With this new feature, you can edit and trim your video with any style effects on the unit itself.

    fourth, the battery is not swappable unlike the zx3, so if you like carrying multiple batteries around for convenience, that’s not possible. That sucks because with the zx3 the battery isnt all to expensive and you would carry around one or two extra ones in your bag for backup. For the Zx5, the battery has to be charged again until you can use it which will take a couple hours. For one charge, recording in 720p 64 FPS, i managed 137 minuutes which isnt all to bad, but that means when i go out for travel, i will need to bring the charger and charge at night, a bit of an annoyance, however, i am used to apple products being like this, and i have a usb charger in my car so its not a deal breaker for me.

    last, all the recorded video files are in .mp4 format instead of the previous .mov format, .mp4 is much more compatible with more programs and easier to edit (as i was so generously reminded by another reviewer). All the files are stored on the HC (high capacity) SD card, i have a 32 GB card in it right now so i can hold up to 10 hours of recording, not bad.

    Don’t be surprised if HDMI cables and other related accessories arnt there as you will have to pay S&H for kodak to ship one to you.

    The other thing I found is, besides with its waterproof condition, Kodak announces this new model will be shockproof and dustproof too. The previous generation playsport only offered waterproofing up to 10 ft, but i guess if its waterproof, naturally, it should be dust proof too right?

    Overall, this is a great combination of HD recording filled with editing, social networking, and weatherproofing features.

    I bought these to help my little brother record his golf swing, i use the 720 64 FPS setting, which helps address parts of his swing that he is doing incorrectly, its no high speed camera, but its nice that such an affordable camcorder will suffice. I can pause at certain parts, and the swing will clearly stop with only little blur, 32 FPS cameras would skip some portions of the swing as there are not enough shots per second to capture many nuances of a fast golf swing.

    Specs:

    * Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 10 ft
    * Kodak’s Share button lets you choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak Pulse Display
    * Full 1080p HD videos and 5 MP HD stills, with auto focus
    * Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization
    * On-camera…

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