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Small, but perfectly formed
on 3 June 2011
The first thing you notice about the Kodak Playfull Ze1 is how small it is. It is about the size and weight of a Mars Bar or a slim mobile phone. Somewhat strange for such a diminutive video camera, the multi-language instruction booklet is about the size of a double CD case. Not really a problem as the use of the video or still camera is amazingly intuitive.
I was really impressed at ALL of the lead were included ... the charger of course, double bonus for me as the micro USB is the same as my phone, an HDMI lead and an AV lead ... all seem to be good quality.
The operation is smooth, there is a pretty decent image stabiliser built in, and even walking shots are pretty decent. The screen is small, but big enough to see what you are doing (I would suggest not big enough for serious editing ... you need to go to a computer or even TV for that).
On playback, the built in speaker might suggest that the audio quality is poor ... BUT ... playback on a TV or PC/Mac is really pretty good.
When I ordered the PlayFull I didn't realise it had a zoom facility ... I don't know what the specs are, but it does a decent-ish job at getting you closer to the action,
I fitted a 16Gb sdhc class 8 card into the camera, and am informed that will give me close to 3 hours of HD, 4 and a half SD record time and about 12,000 photos ... plenty for me.
There is a facility to do still shots, and again, very easy as the still/video button is a simple toggle. There is also a slot to attach the Playfull to a tripod ... I've used it and I think the feature would be very good for YouTube fans.
There is no flash or lighting facility, but all of the indoor, low light shots I have done are fine,
All in all, brilliant, I could have knocked a point off for no case, and no external mic, but really that would be very mean.
Almost forgot the share facility ... press one button on the camera (when connected to your PC/Mac and you can get content onto FaceBook, YouTube etc