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Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera (Blue)

by Kodak
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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From the Manufacturer

Life’s an adventure. Soak it up in HD.
Be fearless with the KODAK PLAYSPORT. It can plunge up to 10 feet under water and record it all in full 1080p HD.

Heads up, adrenaline junkies. The KODAK PLAYSPORT has as much appetite for adventure as you do. And it’s not afraid to get wet. This audacious little camera can plunge up to 10 ft under water and capture the entire experience in full 1080p HD. And you don’t need to worry about blurry footage when things get a little shaky. With built-in image stabilization, the KODAK PLAYSPORT will stay steady as a rock. From the waves, to the slopes, to the mud-soaked trails, this baby was made for the extremes.
Show them what you’re made of – in HDShow them what you’re made of – in HD
  • Take the plunge with the waterproof digital video camera capable of shooting up to 10 ft. (3 m) under water
  • Go anywhere—rugged design enables full 1080p HD video recording in just about any environment    
  • Start bragging with amazing 5 MP, 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures
Make a colorful statementMake a colorful statement
The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera was designed with you in mind, right down to the colors it comes in. We took cues from the environment—from nature, to climate, to the adrenaline rush it provides—and transformed it into attention-grabbing colors that help you stand out from the crowd.
Don’t let sun glare ruin your recording
  • Simply use your camera settings to turn on the LCD Glare Shield feature
  • LCD Glare Shield feature gives you two filters to choose from that help you see your subject on the display screen in reflective outdoor situations
  • These filters are only applied to your display screen, not your footage—so everything you record will look as great as the moment you shot it
Smooth, stable, and always ableSmooth, stable, and always able
  • Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in electronic image stabilization
  • Accidents happen—luckily the PLAYSPORT isn’t afraid of a little fall, it can take it
  • Capture your friends in all their glory with smart face tracking technology
  • See more details and accurate colors with incredible low-light performance
Share your rebellious sideShare your rebellious side
  • Share on Facebook, and YouTube and Twitter sites with ease—built-in software and USB cable make editing, uploading, and sending e-mails simple
  • Debut videos in the palm of your hand with the vivid, high-contrast 2.0 in. color LCD
  • There’s always room for more—record up to 10 hours of HD video with expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB)1
  • Catch the highlights with slow motion playback right in the palm of your hand
Ready for the big screen—right out of the box
  • Complimentary HDMI cable lets your videos debut in full glory
  • Never miss a moment thanks to the rechargeable Li-Ion battery with in-camera charging
  • It doesn’t matter if you own a MAC or a PC—the KODAK PLAYSPORT is compatible with both
Be creative with great video softwareBe creative with great video software
  • Edit and trim videos
  • Add a voice-over to narrate your footage when editing on a PC
  • Add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mash-ups
  • Grab and edit still images from video frames to get that perfect shot
Everything you need to shoot, watch, and share 1080p HD video
  • KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera
  • KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004
  • HDMI and AV cables
  • Wrist strap
  • User Guide
  • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC only)
1 Record about 20 min per 1 GB at 720p HD at 30 fps. Actual results may vary.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 720p at 60 frames a second...nuff said. Jan. 17 2012
By Happy
I got this HD video camera last year before going on vacation. I did plenty of recording with it during that time (60+ gb's worth of videos over 2 weeks). Here are the main reasons (imo) why someone should get this camera over any of the other hd cams out there (and that includes the Go Pro series, the Flip, and others like it).

1. Price. I paid $114 +tax (w/free shipping) when it was on sale last year. I have seen it as low as $99 +tax since then.

2. The ability of the Playsport to record HD videos at 720p/60 frames a second (it can also do 1080/30 frames), but at 720p/60 you'll get buttery smooth videos. The other HD cams I mentioned are only able to do upto 720p at 30 frames a second (which the Playsport can also do), but at that setting you will sometimes get a stuttered video look during fast pans. The 720p/60 setting does take up more memory on the SDHC card, but it's worth it once you see the video quality on a big screen tv.

3. The ability to change the battery when it gets low/depleted. I bought 2 extra batters with a charger from ebay for under $15. This allowed me to go all day (sometimes 2 days) without the need to put the camera into charge mode (which would mean I'd have to wait about an hour or so before the battery was recharged before I could use it again... like you'd have to do with those other HD cameras). Note: A fully charged battery will give you between 45-60 minutes of recording time depending if you use the zoom or not. I would highly suggest that you not use the zoom, because the video quality does suffer as you zoom in/out.

4. It has mini HDMI and USB ports on it so it makes it easier to hook the camera up to an HD tv or computer for file playback and/or transfers.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it was neat little gadget July 8 2010
By Kai HE
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it's a pretty nice and pretty cool cam, video quality was quite good, truly pocket size and light weight, can't even feel it in my pocket most of the time,however for still picture quality though, could improve a little bit more, you can see the tiny square on the pitcures though not obvious. night vision was cool, but not necessary always work, piture could get pretty dark, if you want to use it as a regular camera, I would suggest no, but for video camcorder, it is a good buy for the price, wish they could have flash light of some sort build in, that would make the piture quality much better, especially at night. but overall, for a light weight waterproof camcorder, you really can't go wrong with the price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun waterproof video camera June 16 2013
Verified Purchase
The kids used it more than I did. took it in the pool and had a blast. small, compact and easy to use,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it Dec 8 2012
By Gordon
I won this camera in a random draw, upon using I found that the lens had a weird pinkish filter in all the pictures(no plastic protector was causing this), also the camera is limited on what you can do, making this not a full functioning camera. Highly recommend another choice, most smartphones now days have better pictures than this including my 4th gen iphone, a 5mp camera.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spots noted as well, I'm dissapointed...... July 8 2010
I discovered independently from Harry and Sami's reviews on this site regarding the same issue on this product, that it had small black shadowy spots (top,right of center & just below mid center of the LCD).

After use for stills and videos, and after going on a trip using it extensively especially in video mode, I noticed the spots on video recorded against a lighter colored background. I cleaned the LCD and lens just in case, but in vain. After thinking MY product had a problem, I returned it with the intention to get a replacement (as the product promises so,so much and I wanted one badly !), but the other 2 tested from the same retailer exhibited the same spots in the shop,and after going to a different retailer and screening that one before purchase....well, the same thing.

There was no option in my mind but to return the product and buy something else - I upgraded to a top of the range stills-and-video-combo (unfortunately at a higher price!). Personally I knew where the spots were and my eyes would follow it on everything I recorded, so that was that for me.

I can only advise people to inspect any product they buy from wherever, no matter what electronics they buy. Give it a proper self-test in all modes a.s.a.p and decide whether a product works for you or not. Good luck !
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quality- Excellent design June 29 2010
By F. Rad
Other than an under-water microphone problem I had (which ended up a quick replacement by Amazon) this camera was, as I expected, great in quality and design. It's slim body lets you carry it around easily or strap it around your waist or chest while bicycling, snowboarding, swimming, etc using some creativity. I only wish it came with some sort of strap and ring designed specially for this.

I used an 8Gb Class 10 Panasonic SD card ($60 at the Blacks) and the camera gives me an approximate of how much I can film on each mode (cool eh?!):

Mode | Duration

WVGA = 3:31 h
HD 720p = 2:12 h
HD 720p [60] = 1:31 h
HD 1080p = 1:31 h

As default I film on the WVGA mode and I'm quite satisfied with the quality. Where I need I switch it to the 1080p and film shorter clips.

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4.0 out of 5 stars fast delivery
It was very fast delivery on this item. I was very surprized. Have not used item yet for it is a cristmas present
Published on Nov. 14 2011 by tara
4.0 out of 5 stars Kodak PlaySport 1080p Pocket Camcorder
Excellent 1080p camcorder! Awesome price too, purchased for $109.
Pros: size of a point and shoot camera. capable of 60fps at 720p. Read more
Published on April 2 2011 by Boston
4.0 out of 5 stars Problem getting spare USB Cable
I just recived the camera and have only had a few minutes to try it out, but so far it is very easy to use. Read more
Published on March 22 2011 by Sean
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really waterproof!!
I recently purchases this product thinking i could take it on vacation jump in the water even take some cool pictures underwater. Read more
Published on March 3 2011 by alex
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good Camera; Weak Software, Unrelable
I purchased this camera, mainly on the basis of good reviews for image quality and performance. Overall I am happy with that aspect of the camera, and have no issues with video... Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2011 by r3m
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little HD camera
This was a great simple little camera. I had it in my pocket on vacation (last week) and took 300+ pictures with it almost every day. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2010 by Paul Swabey
5.0 out of 5 stars Kodak Camcorder
Excellent product, delivered very quickly. Light, durable, very clear video, extremely good sound, shame it comes with a tiny built in memory, guess its the norm these days. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2010 by Saul
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value for the price
This is not a bad little camera, especially for the price. I doubt it will replace my Canon HV30 for more serious shooting but I paid about 6 times as much for the HV30 so the... Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2010 by Edmonton Roy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Video, poor shots
The Kodak PlaySport is a great size and takes great videos. The still shots are quite bad though.
Published on Sept. 14 2010 by jkisaak4
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent rapport qualité / prix
Produit super intéressant compte tenu de son prix. La qualité d'image est surprenante (surtout si vous n'avez jamais filmé en HD). Read more
Published on July 25 2010 by Ben
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