With the proliferation of pocket-sized camcorders in the market today, the Kodak Playsport may be considered as one of the notable brands with its impressive video quality, autofocus capability, and water- and shock-proof design. However, one downside is the lack of integrated storage, which means that it requires SD cards, making it possible to expand the storage.
Because the camcorder is designed for adventure seekers, it boasts water- and shock-proof casing. According to the company’s website, the device can withstand drops up to 5 feet and also 10 feet underwater.
While most rugged pocket camcorders fall short in terms of video and image quality, the Kodak Playsport Zx5 is quit notable compared to its rivals. This can be attributed to the improved lens and autofocus (instead of fixed focus lens), allowing the camera to switch modes and refocus automatically to make the subjects clear.
But just like most of its rivals in the market, it lacks optical zoom and optical image stabilization which is a technology to compensate “hand shake.” Another consideration is the low specs 2-inch LCD, which can only support 145,0000 dots, a common problem plaguing pocket camcorders.
Compared with its predecessor Playtouch, the Playsport Zx5 provides better video quality; in fact, it is almost the same with Cisco Flip UltraHD’s and Sony Bloggie Touch’s. Meanwhile, users have the option to record HD 720p at 30 and 60 frames per second, and 1080p at 30 fps.
As with most of its rivals, it allows users to directly upload their video recordings (.MP4 files) to YouTube, Facebook, and other websites.
In terms of still photo, the pocket camcorder can support 5.3 megapixels; however, one downside is the lack of built-in flash and optical image stabilization, resulting to blurry and “noisy” images if shots are taken indoor or in low-light environment, although this is not a concern if the device is used outdoors or places with good lighting.
Measuring 4.4 x 2.3 x 0.7 inches (HWD) and weighing 4.4 ounces, the Playsport Zx5 is the same size of its predecessor despite having a more rugged design.