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Spotlight Review: Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera

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Senior Friendly Features

Weight :

Under 4 oz

Image Stabilizer :

Optical

Video Format :

MPEG-4

Quick Specs

Optical Zoom: 
5x or less
Video Standard: 
High-definition
Image Stabilizer: 
Optical
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Kodak’s newest Playsport digital video camera, the ZX5, is designed for adventurous people who want to shoot and share videos and photos of themselves and friends doing what they do best. It can handle almost any environment, even in rain or underwater, rated to handle depths of up to 10 feet. It’s also shockproof, able to take up to a 5-foot drop. Running in a muddy race? No problem. Drop it in the mud? Still no problem. You can shoot 5 megapixel still photos and 1080p, 720p or WVGA format (great for web video). 720p also has the option to shoot at 60 frames per second, great if you’re planning on shooting slow motion stuff.

While you’re still having fun, you can edit your movies to pick out just the best parts and save them as new movies. You can then pick out what you want to upload to YouTube, Facebook, twitter, Flickr, ORKUT, Kodak Gallery and more and tag them.

When you get home and connect to your computer with the built-in connector, it automatically uploads them to the chosen sites. Or you can further refine the pictures and videos with the included software (PC only), to add narration to your videos, grab still photos from your video, and more.

For more information or to purchase a Kodak Playsport video camera, visit Amazon.com.

It is available in aqua, black or red, and the black is also available as a bundle:

The bundle includes an 8GB SD card, HDMI cable, flexible tripod (can literally attach your camera anywhere, even tree branches or fence posts, probably not reliable for bicycle handlebars), wrist strap, floating wrist strap (hey, you can lose your camera while snorkeling. Better that it go up than down, right?) and a remote control.

 

  • Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof to 10 feet
  • Full 1080p HD videos and 5MP HD stills, with auto-focus
  • Remote control compatible
  • On-camera editing
  • Built-in software and USB cable
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    Read our Senior-Friendly Guide to Camcorders.

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