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Kodak Playsport ZX3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 604 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the battery and image quality. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, whereas there are some less positive views about the reliability and zoom.

usability, portability, value for money, image quality, battery

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Playsport ZX3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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I got the KODAK ZX3 PLAYSPORT videocamera as a Christmas present from my parents. It worked great and I had no problems with it until, it broke. I had it for 7months. The problem was that the camera wasn't turning on nor charging. I talked with a Customer Service rep. from KODAK online and they said I had to send it in for repairs. I then got an E-mail about 45minutes later saying this "KODAK reserves the right to not give you your camera back from the repair center and not give you a refund or exchange." I then went down to the WAL-MART store we bought it from. They declined to accept to refund my parents' money or exchange the product because it had been over 30 days old. We told them well this is why we got the warranty with you guys so that we could get a refund or exchange. The response to that was "we can't do it." I then called the DM and had to go to the Regional Manager for me to actually get anywhere. I then was reassured that I'd get my camera back via a 3-way call between me, the Regional Manager of my Wal-Mart, and the KODAK Representative Supervisor. I sent it in and 2 days later my camera will barely charge on its own. I have to take the charger out and then reinsert the charger every 15 to 20 mins until the camera is 100% charged. So, obviously the UNITED CAMERA AND BINOCULAR REPAIR (zip code: 60106) doesn't do their repair job!

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Kodak PlaySport Zx3


Looking for a video recorder for your trips out of town? The new PlaySport Zx3 is a viable option if you're on a budget.

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Kodak PlaySport Zx3 waterproof HD camera review


We have plenty of gripes with the current crop of pocket cameras, most of them to do with image quality: grainy footage, poor (laughable) low-light performance, a lack of autofocus, digital zoom, gimmicky 1080p, and so forth. The new Kodak PlaySport...

Waterproof ; Good price for 1080p ; Well built

Harder to access ports ; No line-in ; Same old video quality


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Kodak Playsport Zx3 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Kodak Playsport Zx3 represents a big upgrade over last year's Zx1 from Kodak, and it also poses a significant threat to the ultracompact camcorder market currently dominated by the Flip. The Playsport Zx3 offers Full 1920 x 1080 HD video,...

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Kodak Playsport Zx3 HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera Review


The Kodak Playsport video camera is a high quality and full-featured camera, an affordable option for consumers seeking a user-friendly device that shoots digital video in HD. This Kodak Playsport Zx3 HD waterproof pocket video camera review describes...

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Kodak Playsport Zx3


Tough construction and surprisingly strong video testing may spell trouble for competitors

Sharp for an ultracompact; Good low light performance

Dismal color in bright light; Lots of motion issues

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Kodak PlaySport Zx3


The Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a rugged, portable mini camcorder that can record 1080p high-definition quality video and take 5-megapixel images. It has very good video quality and is easy to use, but it doesn't have a flash or light.<p

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Absolutely incredible value for money


Extremely easy to use makes this very very user friendly. great 'funky' design, makes it look cool. Great size makes it easily portable, good memory disk, good picture for the money, great value....if it had a light or a flash, it would have everything.

Camera fits into your pocket. Take it swimming and snorkeling, capture great times on film. Possibly the best little gadget I've bought for this level of investment. Anyone not giving this 4-5 stars, wouldn't be happy with Morgan fox either

Ok bearing in mind the price of this product, I dont think they can do much more and keep it to the budget they have. However, a flash/light wouldn't go a miss for a few more dollars, Nokia managed it on their cheapest range of phones

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Amazon review summary for Kodak Playsport ZX3


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2240 user reviews of Kodak Playsport ZX3 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

usability, value for money, portability, image quality, battery

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76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera Bundle (Blue)Kodak Playsport Zx3 Pocket 1080p HD Waterproof Video Camera Camcorder (Black) with 8GB Card + Case + Accessory Kit

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Nice video


I also own a Vado HD which has went haywire two days after the warranty ran out. It will not shut off and hard to turn on(hardware issue - not firmware). You might want to avoid these. Build quality is bad. The only pluses the Vado has is an excellent...

Beautiful design and very compact. Good build quality ; Outdoor videos at 1080p are very good quality played back on hd tv ; Outdoor photos in sunny conditions are decent ; Easy to use ; Useful features including a 720p 60 selection for action videos

No dedicated "still" button ; Display is not that good in daylight even with glareshield ; Battery life is not stellar but just ok. Easy to change if you have spare

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A great little Camera


Waterproof? Okay, I live near the beach, so that may help me, and if it rains while I'm filming something, I guess that's good too, but not sure it's overly important. I bought an extra battery and a larger SD card. Having a card reader in your...

Small, Lightweight, Good on battery (even though I bought a backup that I keep charged), 1080/720(60FPS)/720 HD modes. 5MP camera option takes great pics. Awesome video in medium to bright light situations ; I carried this into a John Mayer concert,...

Poor 'port' construction. You've seen people complain about the USB, well I'm complaining about the HDMI out. First time I used it (just last night) a slight wiggle of the cable caused the video/sound to go in and out, like it's not got a good...

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: No
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
Digital Input:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Format:Flash Memory / Memory Card
Handheld Position:CHOCOLATEBAR / Vertical
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera
Type:Pocket Camcorder


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3 / 4:3
Serial Shot Mode: No
Shutter Priority: No