|Kodak PlaySport Zx5 128 MB Camcorder - Red New|
|Refurbished Kodak PlaySport Zx5 HD Waterproof Video Camera Red|
York, ME, USA
|UPC||0041778357422, 041771351731, 041778357422|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash card|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||128 MB|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|High Definition Video Support||1080p|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
The waterproof/shockproof Kodak PlaySport Zx5 produces very good video quality for its price and size, is easy to use, and has good editing/sharing software.
The PlaySport doesn't have a built-in USB connector, there's no flash or video light, and the battery can't be removed.
The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable.
Average review score based on 81 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I recently purchased the Zx5 and have had a chance to try it out. First off, the camera is easy to pick up and use. I didn't need to look at the manual to figure out the funtions. The video and still photos are sharp and clear when shot with enough lighting. Shooting around sunset or indoors in a poorly lit room will degrade the picture quality somewhat.
I bought this camera to use while swimming in Hawaii later this year, so I thought I'd try it under water. I have a small fish pond off my patio so I stuck my camera up to two feet under the lily pads and shot some video. Beautiful video of the fish swimming by and the undersides of the plants. This wasn't a test of the depth abilities of this camera,(it's rated to about 10')but to see how the video would look in low light underwater situations. I also shot some video on my Roadliner motorcycle to check the video's anti-shake properties. Again the quality was very smooth with surprisingly very little wind noise when pointed straight ahead. Turning the camera 90 degrees does cause a lot of noise as the wind moves across the mic pickup. There is a microphone gain control in the menu that I do need to play with, voices more than 10' away seem to come in a little muted.
There isn't a optical zoom, but at this price point, I didn't expect one. There is a 2X digital zoom that works as well as most, not great due to blowing up the pixels and bluring the image.
Another thing to consider if you want to use this as a replacement for a larger camcorder is that the battery is not changeable by the user. So extended shooting sessions may be interrupted by the low battery icon. This isn't a big deal in my case since it will be used mainly as a surf camera and I'll have a Canon DV camcorder for other video. But due to the small size and light weight, I'm sure the Zx5 will be in a pocket throughout the trip without a care if I'm caught in a downpour while walking about.
A couple of suggestions about extra gear if you buy this camera. Put a screen protector on the view screen. Buy an optional hdmi cable to hook it directly to you tv. This, I believe is availible free from Kodak(you pat freight) if you register your camera. And the optional remote control might be nice to have when viewing your camera through the tv.
I purchased this cam so I could easily capture live bands with good quality and no complicated set-up requirements. Also, I've found that it can be used to capture friends and family without any big "camera stigma" issues. The overall quality is excellent and the ease of use is amazing. I can produce segments that are very good presentations of a variety of events and then immediately upload them to You Tube or Facebook if desired. Otherwise, I can upload them to my laptop and then save them to a hard drive for future reference. There are really so many options that I still don't even know them all. Other great features are how this device fits in your pocket and also has no problem lasting for hours with the long lasting battery life. Simply a low-cost, smart way to produce great videos.
I had a PlaySport Zx5, which I liked, although it died after a month. Kodak replaced it, and that one lasted about 14 months, and then died after a lot of use.
I liked it so much, though, that I was going to buy another one. Then I read reviews of the newer Zx5. It appeared to be far superior to the Zx3, AND it was only a little more expensive...on eBay, where I found prices about $60 to $70 less than prices in stores and on line, for a brand new one.
I am very impressed with the Zx5. The screen is much brighter than the older model, it has many more options on the settings menu, and has editing software built right into the camera. I haven't used this one under water yet, but did get very good video in my pool with the older model, and this one comes with a setting for underwater correction.
The seller I bought it from is an authorized dealer, and I easily registered it on line with Kodak.
Great little pocket camcorder for $112.
I ordered this camera to use while riding my bicycle. It comes with a nice wrist strap, which I connect to a lanyard and keep around my neck. This is my first time using a sport/action camera, but I am quite pleased.
I charged the battery and got two days worth of life out of it. I got about 7-8hrs of asage out of this on the 720 HD setting and letting the camera shut itself off on its own.
I've used this camera in low light (dusk and night time) as well as overcasty morning/afternoon. The video exceded my expencations in both situations. In low light/night the camera will "search" for the right exposure, sometimes not able to get it quite right for extremely dark spots. But, it handled bright spots quite well!
Being on a bike, the shake was a real issue that his camera handles well. Other than my lack of panning skills, the shake wasn't horrible. It also picked up sound well without that horrible scratchy wind sound. A downside is that the zoom is a little "quick". I wish that it was just a tad slowly (especially in video mode).
Physically, the camera looks like an older cell phone, so people are less likely to pay you any mind while filming. Also, that means it's quite comfortable to hold and natural to grab in the right position while riding. The large button is easy to feel for without taking your eyes off the rode and the shutter sound (photo mode) and beep (video mode) are loud enough that you can distiquish what mode you are in. (I made the mistake of not being in the right mode I wanted a few times.)
Overall, I'm glad that I went with this camera. It zooms in and out a little too quickly, but the shake is well managed, the sound is great, and works for all times of the day without too much difficulties.
Awesome Product! I used this camcorder/camera recntly on my cruise to Alaska and it preformed stellar! Great quality movies & photos! The sound is crystal! Very user friendly. Love the size as it fits in your pocket with room to spare! Added bonus is the waterproof feature. So many great features for such a small cost. The battery life was never a problem as it lasted the day(I charged the battery at night).I have never had a Kodak product in the past as I thought it was a cheaper product that wouldn't produce the quality I was looking for. Boy was I wrong! This camcorder far exceeded my expectations and far surpassed my Nikon and Toshiba camcorder of past! I will definetly purchase Kodak products in the future! Go Kodak! Woo Hoo! Thanks,
Deborah Haney (your newest fan)