Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof - White
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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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Kodak PlaySport ZX5 Pocket Video Camcorder White 1080p Water/Shockproof 5MP Stil
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.
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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.
- Simply press the KODAK Share button in review mode.
- Select your favourite sharing destinations - FACEBOOK, YouTube, FLICKR, TWITTER, KODAK Gallery accounts (pictures only); and e-mail addresses you’ve added to your camera.
- 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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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|
|Waterproof, Shockproof & Dustproof||X||✓||X|
|Built in USB Arm||✓||X||✓|
|HDMI Cable Included||✓||✓||✓|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)mm||42x100x16||58x112x18||59x110x16|
Top customer reviews
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. i dont think the sound is that bad.
kodak have said that the zx3 will be discountinued soon. which means that the zx5 will take its place. i think that the zx5 has a lot to offer. the zx3 has some huge shoes to fill but it also has had its issues to.
the only issues i have found so far are that there is a background noise when using the camera underwater. also sometimes when you move the camera infront of the sun you get a bronze flash on the screen. some times the autofocus tries to focus behind you when there is nothing there. its not as bad as the sony bloggie cm5 but it is there.
i do like the zx5 and i have really enjoyed using it. i dont find the sound an issue and having used the zx5 for nearly a week i havent had any problems with the internal battey.
at the end of the day you have to make up your mind what you want and what camcorder fits those needs.
here are some pros and cons for the zx3 and zx5:
Cheaper. better sound. removable battery.
soon to be discontinued. zoom has problem. low light is grainy. some have green pixels in low light. low light not so good. records 1 hour and 20mins per charge
has macro. has auto focus. better underwater video capture. battery records 2 and a half hours per charge. zoom is better. video quality is better. has special colour effects. low light is better. its dust proof, water proof and shock proof.
slight background noise when underwater. bronze flash sometimes on sunny days. autofocus can sometimes jump. which means it goes out of focus for a couple of seconds.
so there you go. i really like my zx5 and i think i will be using it alot more than the old zx3. i hope this has helped.
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The first morning i tested the video camera, we took some videos in the house and the camera took some pictures and videos then i noticed that it would not turn on or off. I pressed the reset button and when we next turned it back on, some of the pictures were missing. I thought that i would give it a chance, formatted the card and started again.
That night I took a lovely video of my daughter, over 7 minutes. When it came time to download the video, it would not export, and i was also unable to view it on the camera. In fact all 5 videos that I had taken would not play on the camera and were corrupt.
The next day, after a full reboot of the camera and a further format of the card, followed by using my macbookpro rather than the old white macbook, i thought i would try once more. I also checked for a firmware update to see if these issues were rectified and despite many similar storys online, no firmware has been released since 2011. As i had no choice but to use the camera as my wife went in to labour that night, i hoped that the teething troubles had gone.
This was not the case and over half the videos i took on the night and the day after my son's birth are unreadable. Some are able to be displayed on the camera, some not. None are exportable with iphoto or the bundled software. Massively disappointed, i organised a returns label to amazon. While putting it in the box i noticed a large leaflet for me to stop and contact kodak before i return the item.
I emailed Kodak who replied to me saying that as I bought it on amazon, I may as well return it to them. Not a great apology or voucher offering for all the hassle their cack product had caused me. So with no other option I returned it to amazon. I got a full refund.
The product, was designed with excellence and intelligence. It's underwater performance was amazing and all the videos I made with it were beautiful. Indoor ones were a little grainy at times and you have to be aware of your positioning and sources of light, but if this product was not let down by the poor quality software it would have been amazing. I have given it two stars because I hope my issues are fairly infrequent occuring amongst all the cameras out there, however with the other reviews of people having the same issues as i had, it makes me wonder if it not a wider problem.
I am not sure what you could do in my case as this camera is pretty useless as a camera, but i thought i should let you know. I love the idea, i love the form factor, but i hate being let down.
Also ideal for small YouTube videos including vlogs and song covers but not too much more than that. Easy to use with buttons that don't wear out too easily.
The quality of the photos and video footage really surprised us. Excellent value for money.
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