Kodak playsport: Kodak Playsport review: Kodak Playsport

Kodak Playsport review: Kodak Playsport

The Kodak Playsport, also known as the Zx3, is the evolution of Kodak’s Zx1. While that model was weather-resistant, the Playsport is waterproof, able to record underwater down to 9.8 feet. There are other improvements, too, that make it a more capable pocket video camera–in and out of the water.

For its price there’s little to complain about, but if you’re after specific shooting abilities or features you’ll want to keep reading. However, if your main concerns are an inexpensive HD pocket video camera that can handle a day at the pool, a hike in the woods, or some time in inclement weather, the Playsport is highly recommended.

At roughly the size of an average smartphone, the Playsport is fractionally bigger and heavier than other minicamcorders, but not in any meaningful way. You’ll still have no trouble slipping it into a pants pocket or small handbag and it certainly won’t weigh you down. The body is primarily plastic, but it feels like thick, tough plastic and the slightly textured back and ribbed sides help you keep a good grip on it even when wet. Despite its “rugged design,” Kodak makes no claims of it being crush- or shockproof. In fact, the only durability claims made are that it’s waterproof to 9.8 feet (meeting IEC standard 60529 IPX8, so my guess would be that’s only for up to 30 minutes) and dust resistant (IEC standard 60529 IPX6). It’s also not freezeproof, meaning it likely won’t function properly when exposed to temperatures lower than 32 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended time.

Key specs Kodak Playsport Zx3
Price (MSRP) $149.99
Dimensions (HWD) 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.8 inches
Weight (with battery and media) 5.1 ounces
Storage capacity, type SD/SDHC cards
Resolution, sensor size, type 5 megapixels, 1/2.5-inch CMOS
LCD size, resolution 2-inch LCD, 154K dots
Lens Fixed focus, f2.8, 48mm (35mm equivalent)
File format (video, audio) H. 264 (.MOV)
Resolution 1,920×1,080 at 30fps (progressive)
Recording time 80 minutes per 4GB (720p at 30fps)
Image stabilization type Digital
Battery type, rated life (typical use) Li ion rechargeable, 1 hour, 30 minutes (720p at 30fps)

As typical of minicamcorders, the lens on front is left fairly unprotected, so you’ll need to remember to keep it safe and clean. Unlike Kodak’s Zi8 model, the Playsport has no macro option for focusing on close subjects; the normal focus range starts at 3.3 feet, while underwater it starts at 4.4 feet. Next to the lens is a relatively sensitive mono microphone, a hidden IR receiver for an optional remote, and a record light that blinks red when you’re recording. The light as well as all operational sounds can be shut off.

Controls are easy enough for out-of-the-box use. The power button is high on the right side, but all other controls are on back below the LCD. The circular four-way directional pad controls the 4x digital zoom (up and down) and changes recording modes (left and right). It’s also used for navigation and fast forward, rewind, and volume in playback. The button in its center is to start/stop recordings, take a photo, and play/pause/stop videos in playback. The remaining four buttons to the left of the pad let you enter Liveview for recording; Review for watching what you’ve shot; delete photos and videos; and access the settings menu.

The LCD is relatively small at 2 inches diagonal, but it is good enough for shooting and on-the-spot playback. Kodak adds an LCD Glare Shield feature to this model that sounds fancier than it is. It simply improves screen visibility in bright outdoor lighting by changing from a Normal picture to High Saturation or Black & White. The settings have no effect on the actual video, but they can help you see what you’re shooting. Toggling through them is done with the Liveview button.

And while I’m on the subject of settings, there aren’t a whole lot of things to adjust since these minicamcorders are made for point-and-shoot use. Along with the Glare Shield feature, you get three levels of screen brightness and an auto option for letting the device set it; gain control for the built-in mono mic; on/offs for its electronic image stabilization and face detection; and an Underwater Mode that improves video and photo quality for better clarity when shooting underwater. There are four video recording modes to choose from: 1080p at 30fps, 720p at 60fps or 30fps, and WVGA. You can also shoot 5-megapixel stills.

To keep ports and such watertight, there are two locking doors; one on each side of the body. Under the right-side door is a proprietary USB port as well as a Mini-HDMI port and an AV jack; cables are included for each. To keep the body compact and limit opportunities for water damage, this model doesn’t have a built-in USB connector that’s common to this type of camcorder. Instead you have to use the included USB cable. Not only does this mean you need to carry a cable around with you for on-the-go uploading, you have to carry around this specific cable with you since it’s not a standard Mini- or Micro-USB port. (Assuming you have an SDHC memory card reader available, you could go that route, too.)

Under the left door is the battery and SD/SDHC card slot. The battery is charged in camera via the bundled USB cable connected to a computer (approximately 4 hours for a full charge) or an included wall adapter (approximately 2 hours for a full charge). I recommend buying one or two additional batteries if you’re going to record at 720/60p or 1080/30p, as those settings noticeably bite into battery life. Also, you’ll need to supply an SD/SDHC card for recordings. There is 128MB of internal memory but only 20MB of it is available for video or stills.

As we’ve said many times before, pocket video cameras such as the Playsport can’t compete with a full-fledged HD camcorder costing hundreds of dollars more. There are other factors that go into creating great video beyond high resolution. That said, the 1080p video quality is generally excellent with great color and sharpness for its class. When played back on a large HDTV, you’ll notice artifacts, but not to the point of distraction (and frankly, if you’re that picky, you shouldn’t be buying in this product category). However, if you’re doing a lot of panning or you’re shooting fast-moving subjects, you’ll want to switch to the 720/60p setting to avoid a lot of judder in your clips. The results are visibly softer than the 1080p, but much smoother. The digital zoom will degrade quality, but it isn’t so bad to make it unusable. Low-light performance is good, too. It looks like there’s some active noise reduction going, because clips appear softer. There’s also noticeable color banding, but still the results are pleasing even on a big screen. Results underwater looked fine as well, though you’ll have to remember to stay 4 feet away from your subject to keep them in focus.

Photo quality is on par with a good camera phone; it’ll do if you just want a quick snapshot, but it won’t replace a digital camera. Unlike other models we’ve tested there is little shutter lag, which is nice; however, it does take a couple seconds to store the photo before you can shoot again.

With pocket video cameras, easily sharing the video is equally as important as shooting it. Stored on the device’s internal memory is ArcSoft’s MediaImpression for Kodak software for sharing. Connect the Playsport to a computer via USB and the software will start installing. Be careful with your clicking, though, as the software will ask whether you want to use it as your primary application for viewing multiple types of photos and video. Once installed it will allow you to e-mail clips and upload directly to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo (after you’ve entered your account information, of course). There’s a basic editor for trimming and cutting along with adjustments for color, contrast, and brightness, underwater enhancement, dynamic lighting, and denoise. You can apply a handful of fun effects as well such as Watercolor, Negative, and Sketch. It can capture individual frames and also convert video for use on Apple TV, iPhone, and iPod as well as Sony’s PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3. Unfortunately, one thing it can’t do is work on a Mac: the software is Windows only. If you own a Mac, you can copy your video and still images to your computer by dragging and dropping the files from the camcorder as you would with any USB storage device (and upload them to YouTube easily enough) and then edit your video using iMovie.

Waterproof or not, the Kodak Playsport Zx3 is a fine minicamcorder for its price and size. It is more rugged than the average pocket video camera, but it certainly isn’t indestructible. The video is excellent for its class, though, and the sacrifices for its rugged construction are more inconvenient than insurmountable.

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User manual Kodak PlaySport Zx3 (English

manualKodak PlaySport Zx3


Extended user guide

Model Zx3


For interactive tutorials:


For help with your camera:

www. kodak.com/go/support

View the manual for the Kodak PlaySport Zx3 here, for free. This manual comes under the category camcorders and has been rated by 2 people with an average of a 7.4. This manual is available in the following languages: English. Do you have a question about the Kodak PlaySport Zx3 or do you need help? Ask your question here

  • KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera, Model Zx3
  • Product features
  • Understanding the status icons
  • Table of contents
  • Setting up your camera
  • Using your camera
  • Getting help
  • Appendix
  • Index

PlaySport Zx3 | 1851450
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User manual (PDF)
Lens system
Digital zoom 4 x
Optical zoom – x
Image sensor
Total megapixels 5 MP
Optical sensor size 1/2. 5 “
Sensor type CMOS
Other features
Lens focal range 39.4″ – ∞
Internal memory 128 MB
Compatible operating systems Windows XP SP2/Vista/7\nMac OS X 10.4 +
Display diagonal 2 “
Maximum frame rate 30 fps
Maximum video resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Video formats supported MOV
Built-in microphone
Built-in speaker(s)
Ports & interfaces
USB 2. 0 ports quantity 1
DC-in jack
Compatible memory cards SD, SDHC
Weight & dimensions
Weight 128 g
Width 111.7 mm
Depth 58.4 mm
Height 20.3 mm
Product colour Orange, White
Battery technology Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)

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Kodak Play Sport Camcorder

The approaching holiday season makes you wonder how to save these rare moments? Camera? Yes, glossy printouts look good. But trite. Stopping a moment, if done by an amateur, will tell little about the events that accompanied this moment or occurred after it. What’s left? Camcorder. But even here there are problems: the sea, the sand, the river… The water park, after all. What kind of apparatus can withstand such a mockery? And yet there are such dust- and moisture-proof video cameras, we have written about them more than once. But, unfortunately, the devices of previous generations, although they knew how to dive, did not at all shine with the quality of the shooting, and even more so with the video resolution.

Today’s device is perhaps the first exception. Do not judge by the mobile-like body, this camcorder shoots in a completely different way, as its modest dimensions suggest.

  • Design, Specifications
  • Video & Photo Recording
  • Included Software
  • Imatest Testing
  • Comparative Testing Under Same Conditions
  • Findings

Design, technical characteristics

For the complete set, you can safely put a credit to the developer:

  • KODAK PLAYSPORT Pocket Video Camera
  • KODAK KLIC-7004 Li-Ion Battery
  • AC adapter and USB cable
  • HDMI A to HDMI C (mini) cable
  • AV cable 9000 8
  • Hand strap
  • User manual
  • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION software for Kodak (located in the camera’s built-in memory)

On the one hand, the presence of an HDMI cable is nice; to see this cable bundled with any modern device is now a rarity. On the other hand, the absence of some kind of float that could keep the video camera on the water surface is disappointing.

The flat body of the camera has rounded corners and is a composition of several plastic inserts: on the side of the LCD screen, the body is matt white, on the sides and top it is matte and mirror black.

On the lens side, the housing has a matte gray surface that feels like hard rubber to the touch. In the lower part of the case there is a through metallized eye through which a strap is passed, which is put on the wrist.

The camera’s two-inch LCD screen has a three-step brightness setting, but even at maximum brightness, it will be difficult to shoot in sunny weather. Under the screen there is a four-way joystick with an “approval” button in the center – this composition is used to navigate through the menu, adjust the zoom and quickly change the shooting mode (from 1920p to WVGA, video to still). To the left of the joystick, there are buttons in a circle:

  • changing the mode of displaying a live image on the LCD screen (see details below)
  • switching the camera from camcorder mode to player mode
  • deleting the selected video and photo file
  • accessing the settings menu
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    On the back of the camcorder there is not only a lens, but also a recording indicator (blinking red LED), and a little to the right there is a microscopic slit in which a mono microphone is hidden. But that’s not all: under this black mirrored plastic is hidden an infrared sensor that receives signals from the remote control. Unfortunately, this remote control is not included with the camera, it can be purchased separately.

    On one of the side walls of the device there is a hinged spring-loaded cover, under which there are slots for the battery and memory card. The lid is locked with a sliding latch.

    On the other end of the camcorder there is the same cover, under which there is a USB connector (it also serves to connect a network adapter), HDMI output and AV output.

    Perhaps a few words should be said about these interfaces. The first, a combo interface that combines both charging and USB, is used to connect to a PC or network adapter using the cable supplied with the camcorder. One end of this cable is a regular USB plug (which fits both standard USB ports on a PC and the included AC adapter), but the other end is Micro USB. The second connector is HDMI C (mini), and the third jack, which looks like a standard stereo headphone output, is actually an AV output. But a non-standard plug is used here: a three-pin “micro-jack” with a diameter of 2.5 mm.

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    Above the hinged cover is a button to turn on / off the camcorder, this button glows white when charging from the mains or from a PC. Both hinged covers on the ends of the camcorder are reinforced with a metal frame and have rubberized edges that prevent moisture from entering.

    The software menu in the camcorder is quite concise, the user does not need to get into the jungle of settings: any function is turned on and off in just two clicks.

    The screen has three brightness modes and a fourth, automatic, which changes brightness depending on the level of illumination. In addition, the developers have provided the camera with another function – a filter that changes the picture on the screen, which helps to see the subject even in bright sunlight. Two transformation options are possible: high saturation and black and white image.

    Brief technical characteristics of the video camera are given in the table:

    Parameter Value

    -focal length

    – f=5.54mm (35mm equivalent): 48mm at 1080p, 36mm at 720p, 36mm WVGA, 36mm stills;

    Image sensor

    One 1/2.5″ 5 MP MP CMOS sensor (number of effective pixels not listed)

    Dimensions, weight

    (WxHxD) 58x111x20 mm, 128 g without battery

    Battery life included

    Up to 72 min (continuous 1080p video recording)

    9 0002 Media

    Internal flash memory 128 MB (20.3 MB available to user), SD/SDHC memory card

    Video formats

    9000 2 1. H.264 (.mov) H.264 main@L4. 2 + AAC audio 48KHz 128Kbps stereo:
    1920×1080 (29.970 fps, progressive, 13 Mbps variable)
    1280×720 (59.940 fps, progressive, 12.5 Mbps variable)
    1280×720 (29.970 frame /sec, progressive, 8.7 Mbps variable)
    2. AVC (.mov) H.264 [email protected] + AAC audio 48 kHz 128 Kbps stereo:
    848×480 (29.970 fps, progressive, 5.5 Mbps variable)

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    Photo format

    JPEG, 3072×1728


    4x electronic

    – HDMI
    – USB

    Other features

    – LCD monitor 2″
    – software downloadable from the camera’s internal memory
    – electronic image stabilizer
    – battery charging when connected to a PC via USB
    – water resistant up to three meters

    More details can be found on the product page.

    Video and photography

    First of all, I would like to see how the camcorder works in general. What video quality can be obtained through such microscopic optics available in the device.

    Download video

    Download still image

    Again, we can’t believe that these shots were taken by a mobile phone (we were already surprised at the high detail of the video when meeting Samsung HMX-U10). But in the current case, it becomes absolutely insulting: if this little one can capture with such detail, then why in the most real, not pocket camcorders, the resolution usually does not exceed these same 900 lines, or even not up to them? Let’s compare (solely for the sake of idle interest) similar shots taken with a semi-professional JVC GZ-HM1SEU camcorder.

    Kodak Play Sport


    Yes, the different shooting conditions in which these frames were created do not allow us to draw a completely clear line, sufficient for a strict and objective comparison. In the frame on the left, taken from the video taken by the device in question today, you can see some blurring compared to the frame shot by JVC. Of course, the detailing of the cameras is different, and in freeze frames from a “real” camera, tree branches are guessed much more clearly, and antenna stubs are more clearly visible. But – in fairness – is any viewer able to discern such subtleties, especially when it comes to “live” video (let alone the display devices used)?

    The next test we have prepared for the tested camera is handheld shooting with the stabilizer on and off. Recall that the stabilization in this camera is electronic, that is, software.

    Download video shot with stabilizer

    Download video shot without stabilizer

    As we can see, there is a difference, albeit a small one. The electronic stabilizer does not work very efficiently, which, in general, is not surprising. What can be advised? Probably less likely to use the zoom, especially since it is electronic here and is only suitable for quickly looking at distant details.

    Four different video modes present in the camcorder are designed to save bitrate, more precisely, free space on the memory card. They differ not only in bitrate, but also in frame size:

    1920×1080 30p – download video

    900 02 848×480 30p — download video

    But the difference between 30p and 60p modes can be seen even in the recoded video. Evaluate the smoothness of movements in the first and second cases:

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    1280×720 60p — download video

    The video camera “floated” in a cold muddy river at a depth of about a meter, tied to the railing of the bridge, for about half an hour. Unfortunately, the reservoirs available to the author are not at all transparent.

    Everyone who has dealt with electronics cannot fail to know the danger of operating devices at low temperatures. So, in the case of a video camera, this low temperature can break the tightness of the device. However, the camera in question passed the test with dignity, its sealed compartments reliably protected the electronics from water.

    The sound underwater doesn’t stop recording, of course. True, it is a pity that this camera has a built-in microphone that does not record stereo sound – only mono.

    Shooting the fountain revealed a significant drawback: the lack of bitrate in complex scenes. Because of this, the picture is broken into pixels – in other words, the frame is “square” (this can happen in all shooting modes). However, a camcorder recording video with compression is unlikely to withstand such a severe test; shooting a water surface or fountain jets almost always results in the appearance of such artifacts. However, they may not be noticeable during viewing and are only visible on freeze frames.

    Download movie

    The photo mode present in the camcorder allows you to take pictures with a size of 3072×1728. The quality of these shots is highly dependent on lighting and is close to the quality of photos taken with entry-level digital cameras.

    Supplied software

    I carry everything with me – this is how the software of the video camera is implemented. The installer of the editor program is located in the internal memory of the camera and “wakes up” as soon as you connect the device to a PC via USB. There is only one minus here: the program needs to be installed on a PC; it will not work in portable mode.

    From all programs associated with any devices (video cameras, capture devices and other attributes of modern life), one should not expect any exclusive qualities. And here is exactly the same case: ArcSoft MediaImpression for Kodak allows you to carry out simple editing-slicing interspersed with standard transitions, filters and titles.

    There are separate modules for many operations, as is customary in amateur video editors. For example, cutting/gluing files is also carried out in a separate module.

    Despite the fact that the program was created specifically for Kodak camcorders, it cannot work with material without transcoding. No matter how cunning, but a complete recalculation of all video imported into the program is inevitable.

    A user who is far from “advanced” editing will certainly like this program: everything in it is clear, the interface is Russified. And, importantly, it is always with you, in the internal memory of the camcorder.

    Tested at Imatest

    Tested in natural light, side light.

    The top graph is an edge profile with 10-90% rise distance in pixels, and the bottom graph is MTF (Modular Transfer Function) with MTF50 in cycles per pixel. The edge profile and MTF of the chamber are shown as a black line. The red dotted line indicates the edge profile and MTF, which the Imatest program considers close to optimal. 10-90% rise distance and MTF50 are also Imatest’s calculated values.

    Chromatic aberration graph (in fact, this is the same edge profile, only plotted for each color separately). When the value of the CA (area) parameter is 0-0.5, chromatic aberration is not noticeable.

    Tested in Colorcheck

    This chart is good for visually evaluating color accuracy.

    The color of the outer square is the color received from the camera, the color of the inner square is the color of this field in the reference table, normalized to the color received from the camera under test in terms of brightness and contrast. If the camera did not make a mistake in the color rendering in this field, then the inner square should simply not be visible. The small rectangle in the right part of the inner square represents the color of the given field of the reference table without any transformations.

    The middle line of numbers shows us the numerical value of the white balance error in units of the HSV color space. So, the red numbers indicate the error in the S coordinate – saturation (saturation), the blue numbers – in degrees Kelvin [Mireds]. At a value of S 0.10, it is visible, especially in neutral fields of high brightness.

    The lower bar is an image of the six neutral fields of the table, in which the color balance error is deliberately increased so as to become noticeable (outer square), especially in comparison with the reference color (inner squares – with correction for brightness and contrast without correction).

    The following diagram shows in graphical form the deviations of the colors recorded by the camera from the ideal in the CIE LAB color space. This deviation diagram in Lab shows how much the camera gives an error in color reproduction.

    Comparative test under the same conditions

    This test is performed according to a published method to establish the sensitivity of a video camera under constant conditions, as well as to determine the relative clarity of the output image; the results of these tests are accumulated on the comparison page.

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    Video, 700 lux Video, 260 lux
    Video 20 lux Video 5 lux
    Video, Video

    kam made in this box. The fact is that the camcorder has a fixed focal length of 100 cm. Simply put, everything that is closer than one meter to the lens blurs. A meter or more from the lens – objects will be clear. Therefore, it is desirable to judge the clarity only by frames taken from the required distance. To make these shots, we had to glue together an abnormally large table of nine A4 sheets and shoot from a distance of two meters.

    Thanks to this, you can now see that the actual resolution of the camcorder is close to 900 lines! This is… This is an unheard of disrespect for “serious” video cameras!


    The considered device in 2010 was named “Best Mobile Imaging Device”. This award was given to the Kodak Play Sport camcorder by the respected TIPA (Techical Image Press Association) international association, which includes 25 magazines published in nine European countries (plus one publication each from Canada, the USA and South Africa).

    We, for our part, fully support this point of view. This camera fits almost perfectly into the requirements of a portable, “always in your pocket” video recorder. If we also take into account the dust and water resistance of the device, then its only drawback is the rather high cost of the video camera (unfortunately, this product is not available in the price.ru database).

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    Kodak PlaySport – are you ready for extreme video? / Habr

    This little miracle, very similar to a phone, can shoot videos in FullHD (1080p), HD (720p) and take 5mpx photos, moreover, perform these actions under water, in mud, in a fall, in general, in almost any situation in which another camera would already fall apart.

    Just recently, last week on Friday, I became the proud owner of a Kodak camera that I won in a competition on Twitter. And of course, I could not resist the temptation to take pictures of it and write a detailed review, especially since this camera will soon be sold in Russia and my impressions will help someone make a choice. So, let’s read.

    According to one good tradition, all modern devices are packed in rectangular cardboard boxes. This camera from Kodak was also hidden in the following package:

    Only by opening the lid you can already see the camera, and looking deeper you can find some more interesting accessories.

    Kit in box:
    -Kodak PlaySport® Camera
    – USB cable for connecting to a computer and charging
    – USB adapter for network ~ 220V
    – HDMI cable
    – Cable for TV(AV)
    – Adapter for American sockets
    -Lace on arm
    -Manual and warranty

    And the technical characteristics of the device are as follows:

    Detailed inspection

    The design of the device is very pleasant. The back cover is matte, which makes the device not slip out of your hands. There is a camera lens on the back panel (F2.8/f=5.54mm). There are 5 buttons on the white front panel: joystick + selection button, shooting, viewing, deleting, settings. And of course, the screen with which you will interact.

    On the right panel is a compartment with connectors for USB, TV/AV and HDMI. All this is covered with a waterproof cover.
    On the left panel is exactly the same compartment, but for the battery and SD card.

    There is a hole at the bottom for a rope to put the device on your hand in the water, so as not to lose it, because. the camera is not floating (rope attached). There is also a screw connector for a standard tripod. By the way, if you think about the possibility of shooting from a tripod, the timer is a little lacking, but on the other hand, this is a video and you can always cut something.

    Feels like a mobile phone in the hands, that is, very comfortable. Shooting starts quickly, the delay is less than a second.
    Connecting to a computer is very simple – like a USB flash drive. If you wish, you can install a program from the camera itself, which will allow you to immediately upload videos and photos from the camera for YouTube, Facebook or Twitter.

    Impressions from the camera are very vivid, because it is a replacement for a large video camera and even a replacement for a camera in a phone.
    Kodak PlaySport takes photos with a resolution of 5mpx, which, of course, is not enough compared to cameras, but I think it will be enough to capture some kind of frame.

    A lot of modes are available in the settings: adjust the time, brightness, sound, recording mode (NTSC, PAL), microphone volume, underwater shooting mode, EIS, face recognition mode.

    The camera can record in 4 resolutions: WVGA, HD 720p, HD 720p [60], HD 1080p.
    To better demonstrate the capabilities of the camera, I shot a test video of medium quality.
    Just a video of the road that the cars are driving on, don’t look for a plot or creative intent.

    Crash tests

    According to the manufacturer, the camera can work safely in water at a depth of up to 3 meters. I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t check. Was not!
    First, I lowered the camera into the sink and followed the advice “Just add water!”
    Here’s what came out of it. The camera lay at the bottom and played the video.

    And then I went outside, and since Niagara Falls wasn’t around, I lowered the camera into the fountain pool. I even made a video for her.


    In Russia, the device is not yet for sale, so consider it a first-hand review. The preliminary price is 6990 rubles. according to pre-order information on Ozon.ru. Although in America it costs around $180.

    I think that the price for a device of this class is more than adequate. Now the cheapest soap dish capable of taking at least some normal photos is in such an area, and here is a sports video camera!

    Grand total

    Kodak PlaySport is undoubtedly a camera for active people, and not for avid video enthusiasts who shoot high-quality video, exposing lights and scenery for a long time. The camera should be used according to the principle “grabbed-pressed-shot”, fortunately, it allows this, so you have time to capture any cool moments.

    She really does not let water through (Proved by Kuuuzya), withstood several falls from which she did not suffer at all, both externally and internally. It fits perfectly in the hand, various goodies only help (a hole for a tripod, a rope, etc.)

    In general, this device is useful for everyone who is somehow connected with sports (by the way, you can attach the camera to a special headband and shoot a trick from the first person). And also it will be useful for those who are constantly in the center of events and need to quickly shoot interesting videos, for example, journalists.

    By the way, just for fun, fishermen can use this thing by attaching a camera to a rod and plunging it into the river, filming how their fish is caught. (Joke)

    Pros and cons

    + Waterproof
    + Comfort
    + Mobility
    + Ability to shoot HD
    + Secure rope attachment + tripod hole
    + HDMI
    + Long battery life (about 2-4 hours of shooting)
    + Reasonable price

    – You can not enlarge the photo in view mode
    — No external microphone and headphone jacks

    Overall rating: 5.