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Kodak Playfull ZE1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 364 reviews of Kodak Playfull ZE1. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the image quality and size. The portability and price also get good feedback, but there are mixed opinions on the zoom and durability. The color and reliability get critical reviews.

usability, price, portability, size, image quality

reliability, color

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Playfull ZE1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (

Kodak PlayFull Ze1


Ideal for a young child or those who don't want expensive equipment just to record videos.

Extraordinarily compact; Good low light results for its class

Terrible color and “white balance”:; No manual controls whatever

For the past few years, Kodak has excelled at making reliable, compact camcorders that are both cheap and easy to use. The PlayFull Ze1 certainly has all those traits, and, continuing in true Kodak fashion, the camcorder avoids many of the useless...

Oct, 2011

Expert review by : Angela Nicholson (

Kodak Playfull ZE2 review


A low-risk option for water-based stills or video

Easy to use, even with gloves ; Affordable watersports camera

1MP still images lack detail ; Digital zoom degrades image

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Joshua Burrell (

Kodak Playfull ZE1 review


A camcorder aimed at a young, fashion-conscious user, the Kodak Playfull ZE1 comes in a choice of black or silver with blue, orange or purple detailing around the lens.

We liked the look of this camcorder, and its multitude of sharing options. The lightweight feel and price suggest that it is for a younger market. Bad image quality in low light conditions, limited internal memory and a small screen let down the...

Feb, 2012

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Kodak Playfull ZE1 HD Video Camera, 8GB Memory + 6 piece bonus bundle! Blue-Silver


Did not get the brush and air squeeze thingy.

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Like the small size. Currently looking for an AV cable, wish it would have came with the camera.

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Solid camera, well made. Bought for my teenage daughter. Looks and feels like it will stand up to her use.

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Kodak Playfull ZE1 HD Video Camera, 8GB Memory + 6 piece bonus bundle! Blue-Silver


The camcorder is not upto my expectations. doesnt hav flash. not a lot of internal memory.

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Vincent Cavallo


Just as advertized.

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Dan Franklin


I like all of the features of this camera, as well as the value of the overall package. The only drawback is the small size of the menu button. If you have average or large fingers, it's a little tricky to scroll through the menu with this button....


Product Specifications


Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes


Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:5


3D compatibility: No
Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder
Photo effects:Black&White, Neutral, Sepia, Vivid / Black&White, Sepia, Vivid / Sepia
Supported aspect ratios:4:3


Color of product:Black / Black, Blue / Blue, Silver / Purple, Silver / Silver / White
Product color:Black,Blue
Tripod mountable: / No / Yes
Tripod mounting supported:N / Y


Built-in display: Yes
Display:LCD / TFT LCD
Display Diagonal:1.5 / 2
Display resolution (numeric):70200
Touch screen: No


Face detection: Yes
Focus adjustment:Auto
Normal focusing range:0.5 / 1 / 1.0 - ∞

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):5.3
Effective megapixels (movie):5
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.2 / 1 / 4
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:5 / 5.3

Lens System

35 mm camera lens equivalent:0.154 - 1.38 / 0.154 - 1.73
Digital Zoom:2 / 4
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):0.154 - 1.38 / 0.154 - 1.73
Focal length range (f-f):31
Image Stabilizer:No / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Digital
Interchangeable Lens: No

Other Features

Audio Output:1
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7\nMAC OS 10.4+ / Windows XP SP2, Vista, Windows 7;\nMacintosh 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 + / WINDOWS XP SP2/Vista/7+\nMac OS 10.4, 10.5, 10.6+\nSafari 1.1+
Interface:HDMI/USB 2.0 / USB / USB 2.0
Internal memory:128
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
Minimum hard disk space:300
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4 (1.4GHz) / Pentium 4, 1.4 GHz
Minimum RAM:1024
Minimum system requirements:CD-ROM;\n1024 × 768;\nIE 6.0;\nSafari 1.1. / Internet Explorer 6.0+\nCD-ROM\nUSB 1.1+ / Internet Explorer 6.0+\nCD-ROM\nUSB 1.1+\n64MB GPU
Video out:1
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64
Zoom capability:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:Arcsoft Media Impression
Hand strap: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
S-Video out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still Image

Image formats supported:EXIF, JPG / JPG


Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camera file system:Exif 2.21
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Flash memory:18
Internal storage capacity:0.125
Maximum memory card size:32


Dual shot (video & photo): Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum video resolution:1920 x 1080
Supported video modes:1080p, 720p / 720p
Video compression format:MPEG4
Video formats supported:MPEG4
Video Resolutions:848 x 480,1280 x 720,1920 x 1080


Camera viewfinder: No
Viewfinder type:Not available

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.5 / 0.618 / 0.669 / 3.9
Height:1.61 / 3.7 / 3.94
Weight:3 / 3.35
Width:0.709 / 1.64 / 2.17

White Balance

White Balance:Auto