Kodak Playsport ZX5

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Kodak Playsport ZX5

If you're going to live with no limits, you need a digital video camera that can deliver the goods in full 1080p HD. The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera ...

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Review of "Kodak Playsport ZX5"

published 03/02/2012 | RosesAreRed1207
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Pro one button to start up, record and end recording
Cons no flash
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"Movie madness"

My friend had the Kodak Playsport ZX3 and I was very impressed with it so we decided to invest in our own, although when we went to buy it we discovered the newer model: ZX5. They look relatively the same which is good as it was the set up and the feel of the camcorder that we liked about it. This camcorder is an absolute bargain at the minute and costs only £79.99 which is such good value as when it was first released it was priced at £150.00. We have yet to take the camcorder on holiday and really see it in action but in March we are going to Jamaica where we hope to take part in plenty of water sports and really get some use out of the camcorder.

Exciting times! We have used the camcorder on a number of occasions and had some good experiences and some not so good ones, the not so good ones though are down to not really understanding how the camcorder works. For example, my best friend asked me to come and watch her daughter at a swimming gala and film her. I thought, ‘great! Here is my chance to use the camera around water!’ Although I did not get anywhere near the water and filmed from the far parameters of the swimming bath. I set up the camcorder and focused on Sophia as she jumped in and started swimming. With this camcorder though you cannot zoom in much (it only has 4x optical zoom) so I found myself reaching out with the camcorder and trying to get closer physically to the subject of them film. This resulted in very shaky footage as I struggled to keep it still. Coupled with this the video quality was really dark as there is no flash on the camcorder. The whole ten minutes of video shot was a blurry, wobbly dull blurry of movement, splashing of water and you could only just make out Sophia at all. Watching the video back gave me a headache! Despite this, I resolved to improve my filming skills!

The most success I have had with the camcorder is taking it to Go Ape where we had a whole hen party trying to complete the aerial assault course. The footage here was brilliant, it was outdoors so the picture quality was clear and bright and I caught some very comedy moments as people came down the zip wire. From previous experiences I had learnt to hold on to the camcorder tightly to prevent too much juddering and use the camcorder is slow fluid movements. The camcorder was brilliant too as it picks up audio really well and it captured all the screams, cheers and jeers as people completed various stages of the assault course. To round up my experiences, I will say that I would fully recommend this camcorder, it is really good quality and as long as you appreciate some of the limitations it has and learn how best to use the camcorder you will have lots of fun with it and shoot some excellent footage.

Price and availability

You can buy the camcorder for £79.99 from electrical stores or online stores such as Amazon.co.uk. This is really good value for money for a full HD camcorder.

Description

camcorder comes in a couple of different shades but the one we bought was white with a black front. It is designed for outdoor use and boasts that this is shock proof, dust proof and even waterproof up to 3 m. The shell of the camcorder is sturdy and robust but at the same time it looks sleek and fits comfortably in your hand. Compared with most camcorders the screen is quite small at 2”. This does not bother me as I chose this upright style of camcorder for the shape and design. I would rather have a good quality small LCD screen than a large poor quality one anyway and this is more than ample to see what you are filming. There is a feature that means that you can alter the brightness of the screen and activate the glare shield. This means that you should find seeing the screen easier when out in daylight. You can even chose to view the footage in black and white as sometimes this is easier to see than colour. The footage will be recorded in full colour however.

The device has an internal memory but also has a SD card slot to expand this so that you can record 10 hours of footage rather than the 1 hour you get with the devices internal memory. Don’t let this mislead you though as you will not be able to shoot 10 hours of continual footage without the battery dying. I am able to shoot about 4 hours of footage before the camcorder needs charging up. The difference between this model and the previous Kodak one is the lack of a removable battery. You can only charge this battery up whilst in the camcorder. This prevents you bring able to have one battery on charge whilst using a spare for example. This is a little frustrating but to charge the device fully I find that it only takes around 3 hours so as long as you plan your filming around this, you should not have a problem. The camera is supplied with a plug and lead to charge it up. There is also a USB cable to transfer footage on to the laptop/computer from the camcorder. The camcorder will capture film in the following modes: 1080p (16:9) 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps, 720p (16:9) 1280 x 720 @ 60 fps, 720p (16:9) 1280 x 720 @ 30 fps, WVGA 16:9 848 x 480 @ 30 fps, Still 16:9 5.3 MP. Full 1080p footage is superb if it is shot outside. When watching the filming back on the television it looks really good, crisp clear images with movement that flows seamlessly. The camcorder supplies you with a HDMI cable so you can view the footage direct from the device onto the television. To mix it up, there are a few different shoot modes where you can film in black and white, 70’s style and sepia. The 70’s style is interesting as it has a few scratches on the screen and offers a slightly different coloured grainy feel. I also like sepia as it gives footage an old warm feel. Black and white is really good quality and very classic.


Set up and use

The camcorder is ready to film as soon as you turn it on and it is so quick to set up and change the filming mode if that is what you want to do. Once ready, hit the one button and away you go. Once you get used to the feel of the camcorder it becomes much easier to film. A feature about the camcorder I like is that it can be used with any standard tripod. This is a sure way to stop the jerky hand movements that are so familiar with amateur family videos! Once you have finished filming you stop it with the same button you use to turn it on and record. How can you go wrong! You can watch it back with any of the normal functions you associate with watching video such as rewind, fast forward and pause. You can toggle with the volume too as along with a god quality microphone it also has quite good speakers. If you want to trim your video footage you can and as soon as you have it the way you want it, you can upload it to social networking sites or email it once you have the device connected to a computer.

Overall

Roll on Jamaica! I will have so much fun with this camcorder and I do not have to worry about it getting sand in or water damage. I will take it out swimming and get some underwater footage to really put it to the test but I have really high hopes for it. So far after a few early hiccups, I am becoming more confident with the camcorder and really impressed with the results.

Having a camcorder means that you get to capture those precious moments and relive them over and over again. Memories are really important and if you are looking for a cheap camcorder to help you achieve this then look no further. This is an absolute bargain.


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  • moistbabe published 05/02/2012
    Superbly covered
  • kingfisher111 published 05/02/2012
    excellent review
  • Jake_Speed published 04/02/2012
    Excellent review. Gets an E from me.
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Product Information : Kodak Playsport ZX5

Manufacturer's product description

If you're going to live with no limits, you need a digital video camera that can deliver the goods in full 1080p HD. The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera Zx5 is up for the challenge. They built it to take on the most extreme lifestyles with an insanely tough design. And built-in image stabilization smooths out even the roughest ride. Whether you're carving up the mountain or pulling stunts in the skate park, the PLAYSPORT Video Camera Zx5 is up for anything. And with a touch of the share button, shocking your social network couldn't be simpler. Show the world why you're so Kodak.

Product Details

Long Name: Playsport ZX5

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p, 720p

Lens System / Optical Zoom: 4

LCD Display Size: 2

Weight: 125, 125 g

Recording Format: SD/SDHC Memory Card

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Optical Sensor / Optical Sensor Size: 1/3.2

Manufacturer: Kodak

Product Description: Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 - camcorder - storage: flash card, Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 - BURTON Edition - camcorder - storage: flash card

Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year warranty

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Display: LCD display - 2"

Lens System: Lens - 5.5 mm - f/2.8

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Mpix

Supported Battery: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Colour: White, Black, Red, Green, Aqua

Media Type: Flash card

Dimensions (WxDxH): 5.8 cm x 1.8 cm x 11.2 cm, 17.7 cm x 5.82 cm x 11.19 cm

Min Focus Distance: 10 cm

Manufacturer Warranty

Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 1 year

Service & Support: 1 year warranty

Exposure & White Balance

White Balance: Automatic

Special Effects: Black & White, Sepia, Saturation, Vivid, 1970's film look

Exposure Modes: Automatic

Dimensions & Weight

Weight: 125 g

Height: 11.2 cm, 11.19 cm

Depth: 1.8 cm, 5.82 cm

Width: 5.8 cm, 17.7 cm

Memory / Storage

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Supported Memory Cards: SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card

Video Capture: MPEG-4 - 1920 x 1080 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 - 60 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 1280 x 720 - 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 - 848 x 480 - 30 fps

RAM Installed: 128 MB

Included Memory Card: 4 GB SDHC, 8 GB SDHC

Lens System

Type: Lens - 5.5 mm - f/2.8

Macro Focus Range: 7-17cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic

Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera: 35 mm

Min Focus Distance: 10 cm

Additional Features

Additional Features: Audio recording, USB 2.0 compatibility, built-in speaker, in-camera film editing, automatic face tracking technology, USB charging, YouTube capture mode, Exif Print support, automatic display brightness adjustment, rubber coated

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Display

Display Features: Built-in

Resolution: 154,000 pixels

Type: 2" LCD display

Microphone

Microphone Operation Mode: Mono

Connections

Memory Card Slot: SD card

Connector Type: 1 x Hi-Speed USB ¦ 1 x composite video/audio output ¦ 1 x HDMI

Software

Software: ArcSoft MediaImpression, Kodak Share Button App

System Requirements for PC Connection

Peripheral Devices: USB port

Operating System Support: MS Windows 7, MS Windows XP SP3, Apple MacOS X 10.4 or later, MS Windows Vista

Miscellaneous

Underwater Depth: Up to 3m

Protection: Waterproof, shockproof, dust resistant

Included Accessories: Power adapter, wrist strap, HDMI cable, USB power cable, audio / video cable

Battery

Details: 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )

General

AV Interfaces: Composite video/audio, HDMI

Product Type: Camcorder - 1080p

MPN: 1832294, 1281062, 1351733, 1368760, 1329531, 8357428, 8000432, 1281062+8GBSDCARD, 1281062-HIPSHOT, 1832294-HIPSHOT4GBSD

Image Recording Format: JPEG

Digital Video Format: MPEG-4, H.264

Auto Focus: TTL contrast detection

Image Stabiliser: Electronic

Digital Zoom: 4 x

Optical Sensor Size: 1/3.2"

Optical Sensor Type: CMOS

Camcorder Media Type: Flash card

Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camcorder Sensor Resolution: 5.0 Mpix

Enclosure Colour: White, Black, Red, Green, Aqua

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