First Look: Kodak Playsport
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First Look: Kodak Playsport

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The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

[ Music ] >> Josh Goldman: Hi. I'm Josh Goldman, Senior Editor for CNET Reviews, and this is a look at the Kodak Playsport Mini Camcorder. The Playsport, also known as the ZX3, captures video of resolutions up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. Can do it under water to depths near 10 feet. It's also dust resistant and slightly more durable than the average pocket video camera. The Playsport also has an LCD glare shield that improves viewing of the small two-inch screen in bright outdoor conditions. In order to keep the body compact and limit opportunities for water damage, this model doesn't have the built-in USB connector that's common to this type of camcorder. Instead, you have to use the included USB cable. Next to USB port, there's a mini HDMI port for connecting to an HD TV and an AV jack. Cables for both are included, too. What's not included is memory. There's only 20 megs of internal storage, so you'll need to supply an SDHC card to record to. The shooting features might not be as robust as other models from Kodak, but the Playsport does have four capture modes, including 720p at 30 and 60 frames per second and electronic image stabilization. The integrated sharing software is simple and works well, too. The 1080p video quality is generally excellent with great color and sharpness for its class. However, if you're doing a lot of panning or you're shooting fast-moving subjects, you'll want to switch to the 60 frame per second 720p setting to avoid a lot of jutter in your clips. The results are softer than 1080p, but much smoother. Pocket video cameras can't compete with a full-fledge HD camcorder, but for its price and size, this is a fine choice. [music] I'm Josh Goldman, and that's the Kodak Playsport. [ Music ]

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