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.
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)..
Slightly rubberized matte grip on all sides, easy to hold and very comfortable in your hand.
Superfast startup time, good menu response speed.. I hate lag..
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.
Has HDMI and analog output (comes with HDMI and analog cable).
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.
Has standard tri pod mount on bottom of camera.
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.
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.
Cheeaaaaaaaapppppper than the GoPro for sure..Cheaper than most of these cameras actually.. On amazon for $125.
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).
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.