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Nice little camera, not quite perfect,
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This review is from: Kodak Playfull Waterproof Video Camera - Black (720p HD, 2x Digital Zoom) 2.0 inch LCD (Electronics)
I purchased this as a little camera to take on holidays. We previously had an older handheld tape camcorder that just never got used because putting the tapes on the computer was a pain. I wanted to buy something similar to this a few years ago, but as they just came out they were expensive and I couldn't justify it. This is reasonably priced, there are more expensive versions out there, Kodak has another Playfull that is a bit longer than this and about double the price. The other playful isnt waterproof and also has zoom and editing capabilities on the camera. We chose this ultimately because it is waterproof, and when taking kids on holidays, it just adds a bit more fun to be able to film under water. I have a couple of gripes about it. I bought one from Amazon as refurbished. It came and did not work at all, I cant speak for all of those refurbished, but the previous one I had would turn on for a second, I couldn't view playback and it didn't turn onto my computer. Ultimately I had to return it. This one I got is great. It takes standard SD cards (putting it in and taking it out is a bit fiddly as for one the hinge is really funny. Don't force the hinge, you'll break it. I've found if I move the slide that opens the hinge when its open it then slips and opens fully.) I have quite small hands but I have to use the cap of a pen to push it down. The one I ordered came with a Kodak 4GB card, but I used various other SD cards and there were no issues. It is about the size of a mobile phone prior to smart phones and the buttons and screen is quite small. Playback on videos on the camera isn't great. It sounds more static than you can hear the voices, but when you put it on a computer, this doesn't appear to transfer. I would assume it is the internal speaker. My other complaint is that the USB cable is tiny. There is no cord to pull it out further, so when you plug it into a computer it is virtually right up to the side of your computer. It is also a bit fiddly to get in and out. Those are the negatives for me, and they're all fairly minor, you just have to be careful not to break it! The good bits are a plenty. It is small, but most people are carrying around mobile phones of a similar size. The photos and videos are not perfect, but very similar to the quality from my iphone. It is waterproof, helps bring back any sort of memory from holiday, even poolside or seaside quick bits. (BUT DON'T FORGET TO CHANGE THE SETTINGS FOR WATER!) It takes SD cards, years ago we were all fiddling around with tapes. It is straight to the point for basic use, you don't have to be a tech genius to use it. Changes from camera to video with push of a button on the main body (no going into settings to change the format) The case is basic, but sleek. Transferring photos is straight forward. Plug it into your computer (as long as the software is compatible with your computer, and it appears to be compatible with pretty much everything) and the software automatically downloads. For me the negatives are so few and far between that its only slightly annoying, but the SD slot isn't something you need to open really often. (unless you want to replace the SD card or if when you're transferring to a computer you are putting the SD card into a card reader). The rest of it is bearable and makes it very worth the price. Don't expect perfection, the technology is a couple of years old now, but overall its about the same as a good mobile phones camera. Great camera, I would recommend to anyone looking for a small, tape free, inexpensive, versatile camera.