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Kodak Playsport Zx3 Waterproof HD Pocket Video Camera (Black)

by Kodak
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)

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  • Waterproof to 3 m
  • Full 1080p HD video capture
  • High contra 2.0 inch colour LCD display
  • Electronic image stabilization and Smart face tracking technology
  • Edit and upload to YouTube and Facebook with built-in software
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 15.4 x 7.2 cm ; 127 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries 1 Nonstandard Battery batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: Zx3 - Abyss
  • ASIN: B0033PRPHU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 7 Jan 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,907 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Shoot full 1080p in any condition. View larger.
With the explosion of sites like YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo there is now huge demand for easy ways to shoot and share video clips. The KODAK PLAYSPORT is one of a new generation of minicamcorder that is designed to make it incredibly easy to shoot and share full High Definition 1080p video.

HD quality through mud, in snow and even underwater
What stands the PLAYSPORT apart is that you really can shoot video just about anywhere. Based on the acclaimed Zi8, the new KODAK PLAYSPORT is capable of shooting full 1080p HD video whatever the conditions and even up to 3m (10 ft.) underwater! The rugged design, simple ergonomic controls and compact size enables full 1080p HD video recording in just about any environment. Equipped to shoot in bright highly reflective situations the PLAYSPORT has a choice of two filters which act as a built-in anti glare shield to help you view your subject on-screen and an additional blue filter provides colour correction to footage shot underwater. The PLAYSPORT’S high speed processor adjusts exposure and autofocus quickly and with smart face tracking technology and built in image stabilisation you’ll get the best possible quality razor sharp results. Even in difficult low-light conditions the PLAYSPORT delivers incredible performance thanks to KODAK IMAGING SCIENCE technology.



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You can select video resolution simply by clicking the left and right arrows on the central controller selecting 1080p, 720p 60fps, 720p 30 fps, WVGA or a 5MP still camera for high quality 16:9 HD stills. The biggest advantage of the high resolution 1080p is that it’ll look great when blown up. This isn’t so important if you only view video on a small window on your PC screen but with PLAYSPORT footage you can scale the video to full screen and retain image sharpness and for the best possible picture PLAYSPORT has HDMI connectivity so you view the videos on your HDTV. A complementary HDMI cable means you’re ready for screening on your HDTV right out of the box and it doesn’t matter if you own a MAC or a PC – the PLAYSPORT is compatible with both.

PLAYSPORT has been designed so you’ll never miss the moment. Whilst many minicamcorders feature small internal memories, the PLAYSPORT has an SD card slot which can take upto a 32GB SDHC card good for upto an incredible 10 hours of video at HD 30fps (1GB = 20mins). And if you run out of memory on the go you can simply change to a new card. Powered by a rechargeable Li-Ion battery, the PLAYSPORT, delivers a longer record time than camcorders using AA batteries and features the flexibility of in-camera charging from a mains socket or via USB.



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Easy to share on YouTube & Facebook
On the go you can view your clips on the very usable 2 inch LCD screen and find the best bits using the four speeds of fast forward and rewind, up to x16, or simply go forward or back frame by frame. Sharing online is quick and easy too. The PLAYSPORT comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software which is automatically installed when you connect to your PC via the USB cable which is included in the box. The software is incredibly easy to use and features an easy one button upload to YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo. You can also re-format your video clip to the best resolution for sending on email at the touch of a button. To put you in the directors chair there’s a basic ‘movie maker’ feature which allows you to add text screens for a titles at the beginning and credits end of the movie, edit clips, sequence a number of clips to tell your story and add music. A media convertor also makes it easy to transcode your videos for viewing on other common devices like an iPod or Kodak picture frame and you can burn DVD’s for viewing on TV and archiving.

Uploading your videos is easy too, simply connect the PLAYSPORT to your PC with the USB cable and your video will be automatically uploaded and ready to use! The ArcSoft software is not Mac compatible, but if you own a Mac its easy to transfer your videos simply buy dragging and dropping to your desktop as you would for any USB device and you can edit your video using iMovie.

Ready to go
No need to buy any extra cables or batteries. Included with the PLAYSPORT is a rechargeable Li-Ion battery and HDMI and composite AV cables however although there is 128MB of internal memory on the PLAYSPORT you’ll need to buy an SDHC card to shoot a useful length of video.

Product Description

Kodak Playsport - Camcorder - High Definition - Widescreen Video Capture - 5.0 M


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377 of 380 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rugged, waterproof Zi8. 31 Mar 2010
Colour Name:White - Black
The PlaySport is Kodak's 'upgrade' to the very successful Zi8 model.Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera - Black
There are some differences between the two units, so decide carefully what you will be making videos of before making your purchase.

The PlaySport is missing the macro function on the lense that can be found on the Zi8, basically, this allowed you to focus clearly on close up objects. Also missing is the 3.5mm stereo mic input. This was very usful if you were micing up an instrument and recording interviews. It also meant that you could stand as far away from the camera as your microphone cable would allow.

However, the PlaySport has some improvements and features that trump the Zi8.
In my opinion the video quality is better, capturing video in low light situations is improved, the brightness of the lcd screen is adjustable, it works underwater, its smaller and fits better in your hand than the Zi8.
The Playsports lense is wider than the Zi8's, meaning you can fit more in the frame.

To sum things up. If you are looking to do video blogging, music recordings, interviews and anything a bit more professional, then buy the Kodak Zi8. If you're looking for something a little more rugged, a camera you'd not think twice about letting the kids use, a video camera to take on holiday or just something to carry around with you to whip out when you spot something worth recording, then the PlaySport should be your weapon of choice.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the price perfect 6 May 2010
Colour Name:White - Black|Verified Purchase
Excellent value for money, i find it great for just picking it up and filming my kids playing.

Picture quality superb at 720p 60fps

Battery life not brilliant, long videos 20+ mins and half flat, and it gets hot

Would recommend none the less
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118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 18 May 2010
Colour Name:Purple
I bought this camera mainly because my daughter was going to Mexico on holiday and said that she hoped to swim with sharks and dolphins. I have used video cameras on an amateur basis for years but have never progressed to HD. Although she is not the best of photographers ('hosepiping' the camera all over the place) I can only say the results really are stunning. The brilliant underwater video shots of the brightly coloured fish are extremely good when viewed on my HD TV, the sound of local singers and guitarists etc. is excellent and the quality of the many still shots (too many) is exceptional. Some of the stills showing the colour of the sea and the sand are literally worth framing.The editing facilities which install when you first connect to a PC are adequate although basic. The only regret I have is that I bought the camera for my daughter: I want it for ME now.
I cannot speak too highly of this excellent video (and still) camera, especially considering the price on Amazon.
Bill
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply brilliant! 4 Jun 2010
Colour Name:White - Black
My husband purchased this product to take on holiday with us this year as a solution to always wanting to take both pictures and video but never wanting to carry two cameras around.

I have to admit I thought it was just an excuse to get another gadget and it would be a 'Jack of all but master of none'.....how wrong could I be!

Stunning video, fantastic still images and add to that it is waterproof.....

I will leave the techy stuff to others to comment on but for me the title says it all - simply brilliant!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant... Smply Brilliant. 22 May 2010
By A. Kirk
Colour Name:White - Black
I checked this camera out on the tinterweb before buying, wanting a camera to use when on holiday - to film the big kid in me going down water slides and the like.
It didn't let me down.
The still photo quality isn't it's main selling point yet the quality of the pictures it takes is excellent!
As for the video footage, it's simply incredible. OK, it's not professional but at that price you can't go wrong, it had no problem going down water slides and landing in the pool at all, the underwater clarity is great, the facial recognition function is great and although the zoom isn't the biggest zoom it provides an awesome picture at full zoom.
It's incredibly simple to use and although some reviews I read said that the software doens't like the latest windows version I have had no issues with it what so ever. Buy with confidence.
Why are you still reading this? hit the "buy" button!!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great little package, wet or dry 4 May 2010
By Tom Douglas TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Colour Name:White - Black
I have not owned this long but it is a mighty impressive package so far. It is a little short of perfect, but is definitely worth the price tag.

The positives:
- Although not heavy, it has a solid feel and the rubberized surface makes for a sure grip in the wet
- It is smaller than you expect. Genuinely pocket-sized
- The software is easy to use and simple to set up. They have put some thought into the balance between simplicity and functionality
- It happily runs in HD, although is better at 720p than full HD 1080p
- Most importantly, it is a full underwater camera, with a blue filter mode to balance the colours underwater

The negatives:
- Although it takes still pictures, and in good quality, you have to navigate throught he menu to do it. Simple point and snap would have been better
- 1080p quality is not so good. But at 720p and 60fps it is great. If full HD matters to you, then you need a better and much more expensive camcorder
- Low-light quality is poor, it struggles with balance
- The battery is not removable, so no fast swapping with a spare battery
- The front of the device is white, irrespective of the model colour. I'd prefer a single colour both sides

The negatives highlight an important point - this is a pocket-sized, easy-to-use, waterproof camcorder. It isn't intended to be everything to everyone, just a highly practical cam for the active outdoors.

As a robust first camcorder it is great. For many people it will be a second camcorder which can take the shocks, and the water, of outdoor family fun.

The pricing is very well pitched - while it does have some negatives in HD and low-light, it is a great pocket camcorder for the money, and will be your first-choice device on a daily basis.

Four stars - but much nearer to five than three!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars This is excellent
The play sport is very very good, its small size is great it allows me to just slip it in my pocket, and go. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P D DUNN
5.0 out of 5 stars Kodak Playsport Zx3 Waterproof HD Pocket Video Camera
...Difficult to get hold of these originals anymore,
the later ones were slightly inferior...though still
basically the same... Read more
Published 3 months ago by wooddragon45
4.0 out of 5 stars good reliable camera
Easy to use on the go, screen a little hard to see in bright sunlight eg filming skiing but no serious set up required.
Published 8 months ago by Dr Tanya Lawson
3.0 out of 5 stars Under water hmmmmm
This baby is ok but it is no use at night time with poor light tried a video of my daughter singing and was very poor quality got daytime it's fine.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Kinlough
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much to rave about Raving Deals
Raving deals product was supposed to be new but it did not look new so sent it back. Reordered but second camcorder in same condition so have had to send back along with the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brenda Garrard
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious charging issues and first one leaked
First one leaked and died on first use in about 50cm of water. I was especially careful as it was the first time and I'm a scuba diver so know a thing about electronic stuff under... Read more
Published 14 months ago by S. Jameson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Bought this for my partner to take snowboarding with him! He loves it! Great value for money, would defo recommend it :) x
Published 14 months ago by Chloe McQuillan
4.0 out of 5 stars Kodak Playsport Zx3
This is a very handy little camera. It also serves as a back-up for ones main camera. It is also a robust camera.
Published 14 months ago by Frederick Johns
5.0 out of 5 stars great little camera
took this on honeymoon with us to the Maldives,it is a brilliant little camera for snorkeling and quite a rugged but compact little unit, the quality of the pictures and video is... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mr. R. Collings
4.0 out of 5 stars not too bad
gets 4 stars becuase after you take it under water the mic/sound will be messed up until it dries up
Published 17 months ago by Killnz
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