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Kodak Playsport Review, per request..

Here ya go Hawk, review of the Kodak Playsport zx3. I have both the Kodak Zi8 and Playsport.. I'll do a review of each.



Playsport
HD Shoot and Share style video camera. Shoots WVGA (Std.), HD 720p @ 30FPS, HD 720p @ 60 FPS, HD 1080p @ 30 FPS. Waterproof to 10ft. Has image stabilization and face recognition (who cares about FR)..

The Good:
- Durable
Slightly rubberized matte grip on all sides, easy to hold and very comfortable in your hand.

-Speed
Superfast startup time, good menu response speed.. I hate lag..

-Recessed Lens
A few millimeters from the outside of the camera, you can put it down on its back without having to worry about damaging the lens. Although there is no lens cover like on a digital still camera.

-Outputs
Has HDMI and analog output (comes with HDMI and analog cable).

-Fuckin WATERPROOF
First thing I tested.. Dropped the bitch into the depths of my pool within 5 minutes of opening it. It even has a "water mode" when shooting under water, keeps the image nice n clear.

-Memory Card Slot
The FLIP cameras only come with internal memory. You can put an SD Card up to 32GB in the playsport. I have a 16 GB card now, I get ~4.5 hours of video @ 720p 30fps, and about 3.5 hours on 720p @ 60fps, and same at 1080p.

-Tri-Pod
Has standard tri pod mount on bottom of camera.

-Video Quality
I spent about 6 hours comparing the video quality to most of the other "shoot n share" style cameras. This one stands up to all of them.. Good color, very little distortion in image when moving the camera around.

-Size
Although larger than the GoPro, it is really slim and very compact. It has a two inch screen on it, so thats the top half of the camera.

-Price
Cheeaaaaaaaapppppper than the GoPro for sure..Cheaper than most of these cameras actually.. On amazon for $125.

The Bad:
-Zoom
It has ZOOM, but the shit is SLOOWWWWW.. And on both the zi8 and playsport, once you get about half way into the zoom it does a weird light compensation thing. It kind of darkens the image a bit

-External USB Interface
The Zi8, like 90% of the other camera like this have a built in USB dongle to connect to a computer, so no need for wire. Playsport doesnt have that, you need to connect the wire to both the Playsport and the computer when importing movies (to keep it waterproof I guess).

-Size
Small camera = sensitive to shakes. Not a playsport drawback, but a small camera drawback. Steady hand, "floaty" walk will be your friend. Also, it's taller than the GoPro HD.

Overall: Definitely worth the money. Small enough for your pocket and super durable. Awesome picture quality. Can't beat it for the price point, and I would say beats most that are more expensive.

Both cameras also take still pictures at average quality, (5 megapixel sensor). Both cameras also have removable, rechargeable batteries, and they both charge from both USB and an electrical outlet.

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Thanks, Quality looked tits on the Ghost Busters car.

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How did you have it mounted?

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Kodak Zi8



Kodak Zi8: Shoots exactly the same modes as the Playsport.


The Good
-Mic In
Has an input for an external, powered microphone. Makes the average internal mic a SUPERMIC when you connect an external. Perfect for VLOGs and web video.

-Screen Size
2.5 inch screen.. One of the largest screens on a camera like this.

-Outputs
Has HDMI and analog output (comes with HDMI and analog cable).

-Tri-Pod
Has standard tri pod mount on bottom of camera.

-Video Quality
I spent about 6 hours comparing the video quality to most of the other "shoot n share" style cameras. This one stands up to all of them.. Good color, very little distortion in image when moving the camera around. See the bad for the one drawback.

-Speed
Superfast startup time, good menu response speed.. I hate lag..

-Memory Card Slot
The FLIP cameras only come with internal memory. You can put an SD Card up to 32GB in the playsport. I have a 16 GB card now, I get ~4.5 hours of video @ 720p 30fps, and about 3.5 hours on 720p @ 60fps, and same at 1080p

ZOOM-
The zoom is nice n fast on this one, unlike the playsport. Still does the light compensation thing that the playsport does though.

USB Interface-
Has a completely flexible USB connector built in. No wire needed, plug n play on Mac and PC.

Macro Mode-
Good for shooting close ups of small things. Lens kit sold to make it even better (really looks awesome).

The Bad:
NOT Durable-
Everything on the thing is glossy, I'm terrified of scratching it.

Image Quality-
Colors seem SLIGHTLY less accurate than the playsport.

Low Light Imaging-
You really can't expect much from any camera in low light.. I would say it's average at best.

-Non-Recessed Lens
Almost no lens recession. I'm terrified to lay it on it's front or it's back. Don't wanna damage screen, or lens. Get a case for it.



Overall - Really great for vloggers and tutorials, would be great for sports too if you had the balls to take out in the elements.. Best features are the MIC Input and the large screen.

Both cameras also take still pictures at average quality, (5 megapixel sensor). Both cameras also have removable, rechargeable batteries, and they both charge from both USB and an electrical outlet.

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I had it mounted in my hand .. I was holding it.

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I assumed it was on your helmet the way camera followed car.

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Oh, didnt think of that.. Nah, I was in the car.

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That ZX3 makes me want to fap fap fap. Im watching those suckers on the fleabay.'Seems to be 120$-$140 going prices....

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Got one for 107$+$10 shipping brand new sealed on ebay.

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Got one for 107$+$10 shipping brand new sealed on ebay.
Niiice. Great price man. Enjoy it.

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