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Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - Black (discontinued by manufacturer)

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  • Waterproof to 3m deep, Shockproof to 1.5m, and dustproof. Designed to take video anywhere
  • Full HD 1080p, 720p, WVGA recording modes plus 5MP stills with auto-focus and face detection
  • World's only cameras with 3-step sharing, allowing simultaneous upload to YouTube, Facebook, email and others
  • On-camera editing features let you trim video directly on the 2-inch LCD without a computer
  • Record up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot

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  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 5.8 x 1.8 cm ; 127 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
  • Batteries 1 9V batteries required.
  • Item model number: PLAYSPORT - Black
  • ASIN: B004MMF7QE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 2 Feb 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,013 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Product Description

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Product Description

If you're going to live with no limits, you need a digital video camera that can deliver the goods in full 1080p HD. The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera / Zx5 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 ft. And built-in image stabilization smooths out even the roughest ride. Whether you're carving up the mountain or pulling stunts in the skate park, the PLAYSPORT Video Camera / Zx5 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.

Smooth, stable, and always able
- Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization
- Capture your friends in their best light with smart face tracking technology-the camera detects and locks onto faces, then ensures great exposure around them
- Get great close-up shots with macro mode (automatic detection or user selectable)
- See more details and accurate colors with incredible low-light performance
- There's always room for more-record up to 10 hours of HD video with expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB)[9]

Don't let sun glare ruin your recording
- The bright 2.0 in. LCD automatically adjusts to the lighting conditions around you
- See your screen even in ultra-bright sunlight-simply turn on the LCD Glare Shield feature

Simple on-camera editing
- Trim your video to just the right moment and save it as a new video
- Make a picture from a video frame

Manufacturer's Description

Whether you’re hitting the slopes, tearing up a dirt trail or exploring the urban jungle, you need a video camera that thrives in the heart of the action. Luckily, that’s exactly where the KODAK PLAYSPORT wants to be. Not only does it shoot glorious Full HD 1080p video and 5MP stills, its pocket-sized casing is waterproof, dustproof and shockproof. And with a touch of the Share button, uploading to your social networks couldn’t be simpler. Capture your high adrenaline moments with the KODAK PLAYSPORT.

Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof

But don’t just take our word for it, check PLAYSPORT’s pedigree--its IP68 International Protection (IP) Rating of “6” means that PLAYSPORT is dustproof, and “8” means that it’s waterproof to a maximum of 3m /10ft. PLAYSPORT also passed the MIL-STD-810F shockproof drop test of a 1.5 m (5 ft) fall into a plywood surface.

Selecting underwater mode and underwater white balance on PLAYSPORT will give true-to-life colors in the pool or under the waves.

Simultaneously share to your favourite social networks in 3 easy steps
Simultaneously share to your favourite social networks in 3 easy steps

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Your videos look even better in Full HD 1080p

Record in Full HD 1080p and connect KODAK PLAYSPORT to your TV using the HDMI cable, supplied free in the box, to deliver that all important big screen viewing experience. PLAYSPORT supports two additional HD recording options, plus web ready WVGA, and 5 MP still images at the touch of a button. The choice is yours.

Full HD 1080p The very best image resolution to show on your HDTV using the HDMI cable included.

720p HD at 60 fps The best for fast moving sports and action where you need those extra frames, and great for super slow motion playback.

720p HD Ideal for general recording in high definition.

WVGA (848x480) The best for conserving space on memory card and web use.

You can even capture 5MP Still images.

World's only cameras with 3-step sharing

Everyone enjoys sharing their latest videos and pictures with friends and family online but its often so complicated they end up just staying on the camera! The new KODAK Share Button, that makes sharing your videos and photos super easy, is also on PLAYSPORT.

  1. Simply press the KODAK Share button in review mode.
  2. Select your favourite sharing destinations - FACEBOOK, YouTube, FLICKR, TWITTER, KODAK Gallery accounts (pictures only); and e-mail addresses you’ve added to your camera.
  3. Connect PLAYSPORT to your computer with the USB cable provided and your videos and pictures will automatically be transferred to your computer and simultaneously uploaded to all tagged destinations.

It’s that easy! And only KODAK pocket video cameras let you simultaneously share to the largest number of social networks and e-mail addresses automatically when you connect to a PC.

On-camera editing features let you trim video directly on the 2-inch LCD without a computer

Don’t let sun glare ruin your recording

For the ultimate on-camera viewing experience in bright light, turn on the LCD Brightness/Glare Shield feature in Setup. The brightness adjustment will be automatic, and the Glare Shield feature will provide a choice of filters (normal, high contrast, or black and white) to help you better see your subject on the display screen in reflective outdoor situations. These filters are only applied to the display screen, not your footage—so everything you record will look as great as the moment you shot it.

Free HDMI cable to playback on the big screen

Finding your favourite videos on PLAYSPORT is quick and easy thanks to single or multi-up viewing options in review mode. Showing off those videos is just as easy whether you share them immediately on the 5.1 cm (2.0-type) LCD or connect to another viewing device. Using the HDMI port on the side of PLAYSPORT you can connect directly to your HDTV with the supplied HDMI cable for rich Full HD 1080p videos on the big screen. PLAYSPORT offers various playback options including standard speed; fast-forward, rewind and pause, you can even playback in slow motion, down to 1/16th of normal speed to make your footage even more impressive.

Introduce a creative effect for a fun and varied look to your footage

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On Camera Editing

You don’t have to wait until you connect to a computer to edit your videos. With on-screen editing you can trim your videos—from the beginning or end —anytime, anywhere. Choose ‘save’ to replace or ‘save as’ to create a new file, press the share button to select sharing destinations, and your videos will be on their way immediately when you connect PLAYSPORT to a computer. On-screen editing also allows you to extract single frames from the video so you can grab that one amazing moment or a cool series of still photos.

Smooth and stable features for sharper videos

Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization (DIS). PLAYSPORT includes Smart Face tracking technology ensuring that faces are properly exposed automatically. A 4x digital zoom, controlled by the up and down scroll button, makes sure you can get even closer to the action and capture all the finer details. PLAYSPORT even features a macro mode which is activated within the settings menu. To focus on an object between 7-17 cm away, select macro mode for sharp close-ups with incredible results.

Simple one-button operation

KODAK PLAYSPORT is designed so you’ll never miss the moment. Power on and you are immediately ready to record with its ultra simple one-button operation—just press the Record button on the back once to start recording and a second time to stop recording. The built-in mono microphone and speakers will automatically record and playback recorded sound.

Cool capture effects give a new look to your scenes

Looking for variety and creativity? Apply one of the five capture effects: black and white, sepia, normal colour, high saturation with bright, bold colours, or 70’s film with muted colours and a little graininess for a retro look.

Continue to record even more footage by simply swapping memory cards (separately purchased)

Up to 10 hours of recording time

There’s a SD/SDHC card slot which accepts up to a 32GB SD/SDHC card—separately purchased--that’s good for up to 10 hours of video (about 20 min per 1 GB at 720p HD, 30 fps). If you run out of memory on the go you can simply change to a new card. (Class 4 cards or higher are recommended for HD.)

The KODAK PLAYSPORT comes with a powerful internal Li-Ion rechargeable battery, delivering 30% more battery life than the previous generation. Recharge conveniently using the mini-USB cable connected to a computer or the AC adapter connected to a wall socket.

Optional Remote Control

The optional KODAK remote control provides flexibility in both shooting and playback so you can shoot from a distance and even join the action you’re recording. Attach an optional tripod for even more shooting versatility. When you’re ready to playback video and pictures on your TV, you can use the remote control to run the show comfortably from your favourite chair across the room.

Trim your videos and add music, titles or even a voiceover with the supplied software

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The first time you connect the PLAYSPORT video camera to your computer, KODAK’s Share Button app (a small software program) will automatically launch and prompt you to add login information for your online sharing sites and email address. After that one-time setup, pictures will automatically be uploaded to the sharing destinations you’ve chosen just as soon as you connect your camera to your computer.

You’ll also be prompted to install ARCSOFT MEDIAIMPRESSION for KODAK Software (PC only) that’s installed on PLAYSPORT and provides additional editing features beyond trimming and single frame extraction that are available directly on PLAYSPORT. If you’re a Mac user, no worries, you can use APPLE iLIFE software for editing. With ARCSOFT MEDIAIMPRESSION for KODAK Software you can use the ‘movie maker’ feature to edit clips, add text screens for titles at the beginning and credits at the end of a movie, sequence a number of clips to tell your story, add a voice-over to narrate your footage, add pictures and music to make cool mash-ups, and use EasyPrint to print jpgs on your printer. You can also change resolution, or use the media converter to change file format, including AVI, and transcode your videos for viewing on other common devices like an iPOD or KODAK picture frame—even burn DVD’s (including BLU-RAY-compatible format) for viewing on TV and archiving.

Kodak Pocket Video Camera Range Comparison Chart

Model KODAK Playfull KODAK Playsport KODAK Playtouch
Max. Resolution Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p Full HD 1080p
Display 1.5" 2" 3" Capacitive Touchscreen
Share Button
Waterproof, Shockproof & Dustproof X X
Macro Mode X
Built in USB Arm X
Microphone Input X X
HDMI Cable Included
Dimensions (W x H x D)mm 42x100x16 58x112x18 59x110x16
Weight 95g 125g 100g

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

290 of 296 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 7 April 2011
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i own the zx3. so when kodak said they where bringing out another waterproof camera with macro i couldnt wait to see what it was like.
it is alot like all the other kodak camcorders. it records in the following:
WVGA, 720p 30 and 60 FPS, 1080p
it also has a 5 megapixel camera option on it.
it has 4 extra colour effects which are good if the mood strikes.
normal, High Saturation, 70's film, Black and white and Sepia
it also has the glare shield which the zx3 has. the difference with the zx5 is it has a sensor which change's the screen automaticaly. i have tried it and it works very well.
i found the low light to be better than the zx3. the 60fps low light was really good.
it has an internal battery which some people dont like. i thought it would be a problem to but after having the zx5 for nearly a week i havent even noticed the internal battery.
you can record 2 hours and 35 mins in 720p at 30fps. which is better than the zx3.
you can edit the video on the camera its self and then press the share button to upload it on to facebook, youtube and other sites. you also have the arcsoft software that comes with the camera.
the zx5 has water correction which i would ashume works the same as the H20 setting on the zx3. the underwater video is a lot better than the zx3. it is very clear and the autofocus works very well underwater.
here is some underwater tests using both cameras:


some people have said about the zx5 having bad audio. i have had a lot of pocket HD camcorders and some of them had bad sound others have had really good sound. to me the sound is ok. i would admit that the zx3 has slightly better sound but to me the zx5's sound is ok.
here is a sound test which was done.
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138 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Karen on 14 April 2011
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Fantastic Video Camera but does not work with Class 10 SDHC Memory Cards. After frustrating time on the Phone to Kodak they admitted that it does not work with Class 10 SDHC Cards. Firmware upgrade may resolve this issue later when its available. Their documentation states Class 4 or higher, in the enclosed documentation and on their website, as class 10 is higher than class 4 I assumed that it would be OK. But evidently not. Kodak say that it will work with Class 6 and 8 with no known issues. Thought I would play safe and have purchased 2 off 16G Class 4 Cards and they work fine. Each card gives just over 2.5 hrs of 1080p video. Great little Video Camera but just be aware of the SDHC Card issues mentioned.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Alien937 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2011
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I used to own a Kodak Zi8, which shot good video but felt horrible and plasticky. The PlaySport Zx5 has no such problem: it feels nice and solid, and it should do seeing as it's touted as being shockproof, waterproof and dustproof. Not having to worry about its delicacy is undoubtedly one of the Zx5's principal selling points.

Image stabilisation has been greatly improved compared to the Zi8, and the camera's connection ports/SD card slot (32GB max) are easy to access despite the need to keep them waterproof. There's on-board video editing (although this is limited to trimming the start and end of videos) and some nice additions such as photographic effects (`70s film, sepia, etc.), underwater correction and automatic adjustment of the screen according to ambient light conditions. As with most Kodak video cameras, a (latest spec) HDMI cable is included in the box, making it quick and easy to play back videos on a TV. A dedicated share button allows you to send videos to YouTube and photos to Flickr, Facebook, Twitter or a Kodak Pulse frame, although, since this is done via a computer, it's probably just as easy to do it from your computer anyway.

One annoyance is the main control used for navigating menus, adjusting volume and zooming, which consists of a circular "rim" with four concave buttons down to the central start/stop/select button. The concave buttons are awkward to press, there's no proper division between them, making it easy to press the wrong one, and they give out a clicking sound if you don't press them gently enough. The first video I shot was marred by loud clicking noises coming from the button as I tested out the zoom.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WessexMatt on 30 Nov 2011
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I bought this fantastic little camera just for a second camcorder to my main camera to get some extra angles and for some underwater footage.
Being so tiny and so cheap I wasn't expecting anything too great, however I was very pleasantly surprised!
The great thing about this camera is it's so tiny - about the size of a mobile phone, that you can just slip it in your pocket to take it anywhere, ready to capture that magic moment!
It has a nice feeling rubberised finish which gives it a good grip and a nice quality feel.
It also has a standard sized tripod mount on the base which comes in very handy.
Despite its small lens the video results are very impressive, colour reproduction is excellent and picture quality crisp and clear, even in low light conditions the picture remains pretty good without being excessively grainy.
Not had any problems using underwater either, although the mic does go a bit muffled, but that's understandable!
All in all if you're looking for a cheap go anywhere camcorder with great picture quality, that has the bonus of being sea and sand proof look no further!
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