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Kodak PlaySport Zx5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2833 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The portability and usability also get good feedback, but the zoom and features get less positive opinions. There are some mixed comments about the battery.

price, usability, portability, image quality, design

features, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Kodak PlaySport Zx5

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 423 user reviews of Kodak PlaySport Zx5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

features, reliability, zoom

80% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - BlackKodak Playsport Waterproof HD Pocket Video Camera (Abyss - Black)Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - Aqua

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Amazon.com review summary for Kodak PlaySport Zx5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1185 user reviews of Kodak PlaySport Zx5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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

features, resolution, zoom

73% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera - Red (2nd Generation)Kodak PlaySport (ZX5) Waterproof Pocket Video Camera Bundle (Includes Remote Control, Tripod, 4 GB Memory Card, HDMI Cable, and Camera Case) - Burton Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera - Aqua (2nd Generation)

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5 (aqua)

 

Editors' note: Kodak has issued a firmware update for the PlaySport Zx5 that prevents it from "freezing" or "locking up" during video capture or review, and enables the use of Class 10 SDHC and SDHC UHS-1 memory cards.

The waterproof/shockproof Kodak PlaySport Zx5 produces very good video quality for its price and size, is easy to use, and has good editing/sharing software.

The PlaySport doesn't have a built-in USB connector, there's no flash or video light, and the battery can't be removed.

The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable.

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Kodak PlaySport

 

This pocket camcorder costs less than the competition, records at a higher resolution, goes underwater, and comes with surprisingly robust software.

Even if it weren’t waterproof, Kodak’s Playsport pocket camcorder would still be an excellent value: at Even if it weren’t waterproof, Kodak’s Playsport pocket camcorder would still be an excellent value: at $149, you can record either full HD video or...

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Kodak Playsport (blue)

 

The Kodak Playsport, also known as the Zx3, is the evolution of Kodak's Zx1 . While that model was weather-resistant, the Playsport is waterproof, able to record underwater down to 9.8 feet. There are other improvements, too, that make it a more...

Excellent video for its class; waterproof to 10 feet; HDMI cable included; very good sharing software.

No built-in USB connector; short battery life at highest resolution; no memory card; sharing software is Windows only.

The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Review

 

Last month we tried out the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123, a rugged digital camera that fell well below expectations.

Rough, tough ; Macro mode ; Decent video quality

Small display ; Not good in low-light

One attribute of the PlaySport that Kodak has heavily advertised is its proprietary Share button (a feature also present on the EasyShare Sport). It allows users to designate specific websites to publish pictures and videos to, and supports Facebook,...

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5

 

Instead of beefing up performance or features, Kodak makes small improvements

Good low light performance; Good sharpness for its class; Rugged design

Abysmal color accuracy

With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak’s series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip’s former market, and, we must say, the...

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Best pocket HD camcorder

 

Experts say the Kodak Playsport is the best pocket HD camcorder you can buy. It shoots in full 1080p high-definition, can snap still photos, and it's waterproof to 10 feet -- all features you can't get on any Flip camcorder, including the Flip...

Shoots 1080p HD, waterproof to 10 feet, snaps 5-megapixel still photos, includes HDMI cable and wall charger, inexpensive

No built-in memory, bundled software isn't Mac-compatible, some owners say it leaks underwater

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Kodak Playsport Video Camera Review

 

I have used video cameras for as long as I can remember. My first video camera was one of those really hefty kind that you sat on your shoulder and it used regular VCR tapes. Yeah, and I admitted it. Since then I have used every imaginable type of...

Rugged and solid ; Great price for all these features ; Video quality is excellent

Digital zoom is worthless ; Digital camera options are sorely lacking

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Kodak PlaySport

 

If you're active or like to watch active events, you need a camcorder that can keep up with you and the action.

Do you prefer shooting video or snapping still images? Kodak made plenty of fans with its previous pocket camcorder release, the Zi8, so when the company pulled back the curtain on the next ultracompacket HD camera, hype was in no short supply. Set...

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Kodak PlaySport ZX5 review

 

Durable action cam that films in crisp 1080p

After giving the Playsport a wipe down and connecting it to a PC, we found that you have to install a couple of programmes to share what you have filmed. Once done though, it was easy to get images onto Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. All our footage was...

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Review

 

As with its predecessor, the Zx5 is a 5Mp stills camera as well as a video camera, but we were disappointed to find no karabiner loop (as there was on the Zx1) available for when we indulge in some proper extreme sports action.

It's hard to see what the Zx5 brings to the party that wasn't already offered by the Zx3. Both 1920x1080 video capture and image stabilisation were already included, as was the shoot and share option. The Zx5 has a dedicated Share button and DIS...

Product Specifications

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus:Unknown / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Unknown
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Sensor Size:1/2.5'' / 1/3.2''
Touchscreen: No

Connectivity

Digital Input:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI:No / Yes
HDMI Interface:No / Yes
HDMI PORT: Yes
PictBridge: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card / SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

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

Memory

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

Recording

Face Detection Mode:Face Detection / No
HD Video Format:MPEG4
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
Recording Format:4:3
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