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Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua)

B&H # KOZX5A Mfr # 1191857
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Product Highlights
  • Full 1080p HD Video / 5MP Stills
  • Waterproof Up to 10 Feet
  • Shockproof, Dustproof
  • 3-step Sharing
  • 5MP CMOS Sensor
  • 4x Digital Zoom
  • 2" LCD with Glare Shield
  • SD/SDHC Memory Card Storage
  • Electronic Image Stabilization
  • In-camera Editing

The Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua) brings a new level of toughness to a pocket camcorder. In addition to being waterproof up to 10 ft (3m), this latest generation of PLAYSPORT is now dustproof and shockproof. But along with its resistance to dust, dirt, and sand, the camera comes with built-in electronic image stabilization to counteract blurry footage, smart face tracking which captures everyone in the frame with clarity and focus, and impressive lowlight image capture for more detailed and color-correct images.

This straightforward and simple to operate camcorder also impresses with up to 10 hours of 1920 x 1080p HD video recording--and 5MP still images--captured to SD/SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. Features like 4x digital zoom and the LCD Glare Shield help you to see your subjects more clearly, while the camera's built-in editing software helps you to trim, edit, and post your videos to sites like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. Making the PLAYSPORT even more user-friendly is an included USB cable and compatibility with a Mac or PC.

Just Press to Impress
Kodak's Share button makes sharing your videos and pictures as simple as 1, 2, 3. Only KODAK cameras:

  • Let you simultaneously share to multiple social networks, e-mail and PULSE Display
  • Automatically share when you connect to a PC
  • Tag to the largest number of social networks: KODAK Gallery, YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Orkut, Yandex, and Kaixin001
Show Them What You're Made Of - In HD
  • Full 1080p high definition captures your adventures in amazing detail
  • Easily switch to still camera mode to catch 5 MP, 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures

Choose the resolution that works for you:

  • 1080p—great for stunning playback on your HDTV
  • 720p at 60 fps—for fast action and super slow motion playback
  • 720p at 30 fps—ideal for general recording in high definition
  • WVGA—perfect for conserving space on your memory card or smaller files sizes for web use
Smooth, Stable, and Always Able
  • Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in electronic image stabilization 
  • Capture your friends in all their glory with smart face tracking technology—the camera detects and locks onto faces, then ensures great exposure around them 
  • See more details and accurate colors with incredible low-light performance
  • There’s always room for more—record up to 10 hours of HD video with expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB)
Don't Let Sun Glare Ruin Your Recording
  • The bright 2.0 in. LCD automatically adjusts to the lighting conditions around you
  • See your screen even in ultra-bright sunlight—simply turn on the LCD Glare Shield feature
Go Anywhere, Do Anything, Fearless Design
Waterproof

  • Take the plunge up to 10 ft under water for up to 2 hours
  • Don’t get the blues—underwater white balance mode gives true-to-life colors in the pool or under the waves

Dustproof

  • The muddiest, dustiest, sandiest conditions are no match for the PLAYSPORT’s rugged design

Shockproof

  • Bumps and bruises go with the territory—the PLAYSPORT can even take a fall from 5 ft
Simple On-camera Editing
  • Trim your video to just the right moment and save it as a new video
  • Make a picture from a video frame
Cool Capture Effects Give a New Look to Your Scenes
  • Black and white
  • Sepia
  • High saturation—bright, bold colors
  • ’70s film—muted colors, slightly greenish cast, and a little graininess for a retro look
Great Video Editing Software Comes On-board
Download the software when you first connect it to your computer in order to:

  • Edit and trim videos
  • Add a voiceover to narrate your footage
  • Add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mashups
  • Grab and edit still images from video frames to get that perfect shot
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Make a Colorful Statement
  • Comes in a variety of colors
  • Soft rubberized feel for a secure grip
  • Rounded ergonomic design
Ready for the Big Screen
  • HDMI port gives you the option to debut your videos in full glory on your HDTV
  • It doesn’t matter if you own a MAC or a PC—the KODAK PLAYSPORT is compatible with both
  • The optional remote control makes it easy to comfortably enjoy your videos and pictures
Camera
Sensor 1x 5 Megapixel 1/3.2"  CMOS Sensor
Optics
Lens 5.5 mm
Zoom Digital: 4x
Recording
System NTSC/PAL
Recording Media SD/SDHC  
Recording Time SD/SDHC GB
Up to 10 Hours
Video Format High Definition
MPEG4
1920 x 1080p / 30 fps
1280 x 720p / 60 fps
848 x 480p / 30 fps
Still Image Resolution JPEG: 5.3 Megapixel
Channels 1.0-Channel Mono
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2"
2nd Display
Features
Image Stabilization Digital
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - No
Flash - No
Accessory Shoe None
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x A/V
1x HDMI D (Micro)
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP2)
    Vista
    7

Mac
  • OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or higher
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.3 x 4.4 x 0.7" / 5.8 x 11.2 x 1.8 cm
Weight 4.41 oz / 125 g
Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua)
  • Adapter & Cable for Battery Charging
  • Wrist Strap
  • User Guide
  • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak (PC Only)
  • 1-Year Limited Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    KodakPLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black)
     
    4.2

    (based on 161 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (68)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (72)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (148)
    • Great picture quality (103)
    • Image stabilization (75)
    • Great sound (54)
    • Zoom range/performance (41)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (56)
    • Limited zoom (45)
    • No external mic input (18)
    • Poor still image (10)
    • Poor sound (9)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (106)
    • Home movies (98)
    • HD shooting (45)
    • Weddings (29)
    • Movies/short films (27)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (102), Enthusiast (40), Semi-pro (8), Pro videographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (140), Yes (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great camera for the price

    I purchased this camera for a recent cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. It was a great value for the price. I took it snorkeling and it took excellent pictures and video under water. The...Read complete review

    I purchased this camera for a recent cruise to Cozumel, Mexico. It was a great value for the price. I took it snorkeling and it took excellent pictures and video under water. The only downside to the camera is its lack of a flash.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Wasn't completely satisfied.

    It's a good little compact waterproof camera. I was disappointed the battery was internal and could not be replaced. I own the Kodak Zx3 and it's much better for long trips because you can...Read complete review

    It's a good little compact waterproof camera. I was disappointed the battery was internal and could not be replaced. I own the Kodak Zx3 and it's much better for long trips because you can bring a hand full of batteries to last a few days. The Zx5 you will need to recharge every time the battery runs out which can be difficult especially if camping or a day long music festival!

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    4.0

    Great On-The-Go Camera!

    By Sir C.H.

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Poor In Low Light
    • Poor Sound

    Best Uses

    • HD Shooting
    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

    Do you need a durable camera for vacation trips, hiking, vlogging and everyday use? Look no further.

    This camera takes good quality videos and can take a beating. The ability to record underwater is pretty cool as well. Best to use this with good lighting(as with most recording cameras).

    It may be discontinued, but if you have an opportunity to pick this up somewhere, do it.

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    5.0

    BEST CAMCORDER EVER!

    By John

    from FL.

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events
      • YouTube Videos

      Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

      this thing is just amazing in all aspects of the product, I took this camcorder to a event in Tallahassee Florida, and i captured about 4-5 hours worth of footage all in great HD graphics, the options for the camcorder is extensive and if you want to stop and take a picture of something it's also a camera in one.all the video I took was steady but not because of a stabilizer but because the camcorder was so easy to hold in your hands the only things off about it is the battery is small but then again for a small camcorder i guess it's a fair battery life.

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      5.0

      Perfect product! / Produto Perfeito

      By Arthur

      from Belem/PA/BRAZIL

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

      Easy to use / Facil de usar Very Good Videos n good pictures / Video Otimo e boas fotos works perfectly under the water / Funciona perfeitamente de baixo da agua

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      • No

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      5.0

      Outstanding!

      By Imager

      from Fairless Hills, PA

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Great Sound
      • Great Zoom
      • Zoom range/performance

      Cons

      • Poor in very low light

      Best Uses

      • Documentaries
      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Movies/Short Films
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

      I took the Playsport Zx5 to swim with dolphin's in Florida. In the water, out of the water and under the water, this little camera performed wonderfully. It is solidly built and compact and takes awesome video. Easy to operate, switch from camera to video with ease. This camera was one of my best investments.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Great camera for the $

      By Kevin

      from Easley, SC

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

          I purchased this to use while hunting. It's small size enables it to fit into a pocket and be packed easily. At zoom of 4 power gets a little grainy. Otherwise gray camera for the $. Fast shipping, great seller.

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          4.0

          Perfect for snorkeling

          By AM2350

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua):

            I purchased this camera for an upcoming cruise to the Caribbean and wanted something reliable to shoot video and still pictures while snorkeling. I was very pleased with the quality for the price. It is easy to use. Areas for picture card and charger slot were perfectly sealed. The only negative I found was the underwater correction does revert to 'OFF' if you turn the camera off. Thankfully I discovered this early on and just kept the camera on. Other than that - no issues. Loved it and it worked perfectly for us. I attached two still pictures (no option to attach video).

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            5.0

            Just a handy little camera!

            By TheTBELLShow

            from Lithonia, GA

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sound
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

            • No External Mic Input
            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

            Of course you can't expect super great quality but with this neat little handy cam it's good for vlogging and just randomly filming. Don't expect the type of quality from a dslr but you still would be winning if you chose this item! Also, having an sd card makes it easier to transfer files!

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            • Yes

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            4.0

            good product

            By wally number 7

            from brownstown indiana

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

            nice and easy to use, too bad they don't make them any more,wish the battery came out

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            • No

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            4.0

            Fantastic for the Price

            By 2 Acres Studios

            from Kalamazoo, MI

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Highest Res Not Usable
            • No External Mic Input

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

            I bought this to replace a Zi8 I sent off to a friend. The built-in mic on this is much better than previous models. That was my only real complaint about the Zi8. but it did have an external mic jack. Which we always ended up using. The video quality seems to be the same. 1080 is still terrible. So, your best resolution is really 720/60p. The 1080 turns out grainy and the frame rate is bad enough that you get digital ghosting.

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            3.0

            Great underwater quality

            By Guy V

            from Ottawa, Canada

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to carry
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • Poor Image Quality
            • Poor Sound
            • Tabs Won't Open

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting
            • Underwater Video

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

            Great underwater video. I used it for about ten hours but now I can't open the tabs to charge the unit or access the SIM card. I'm not sure what to do next. The sound is not very good. The battery life was about 3 hours which gave me some issues.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great pocket camera

            By Bigfoot

            from Croatia

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Limited Zoom
            • No image stabilization
            • Poor Still Image

            Best Uses

            • Travel

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua):

            Great for travel, beach, fishing..

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            4.0

            Great value...

            By tbullo

            from the old dominion

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

            • Poor In Low Light

            Best Uses

            • HD Shooting

            Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

            I love the 60fps setting on this camera. It pretty much preforms just like all the reviews say. I wish that it did have the changable battery pack. Mostly used by my teenager and friends for thier stunts. You will need a memory card right off the bat.

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            • Yes

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            5.0

            awesome product

            By chaim

            from elizabeth, nj

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

                I love the underwater feature-so cool! A camera & camcorder in one all the size of a cellphone-amazing!!!

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                4.0

                great update of the Kodak Playsport

                By swim instructor

                from Park City, UT

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Slow-motion Replay
                • Video-sharing Software

                Cons

                • Screen Too Small

                Best Uses

                • Filming Any Sports
                • Outdoor events games
                • Skill Technique Analysis
                • Travel

                Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Red):

                This is my second Kodak Playsport - the first one was stolen! I use the Playsport to teach swim lessons. The underwater video capabililty AND the variable slow-motion speeds make stroke analysis easy! Also, thanks to the new "share" software (with video compression technology) sending video files via email has become incredibly easy. The only thing I think Kodak could do to improve this product would be to enlarge the viewing screen.

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                4.0

                GREAT

                By waterbug

                from grande prairie, ab

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Travel

                  Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

                  we use this product for sledding and in the summer, boating. great picture, allows us to get the most out of our memories for any of our activities.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Fun cam for the kids and non-geeks

                  By FSSimon

                  from Sept-Iles, QC

                  About Me Video Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua):

                    This cam is beautiful. You feel compelled to hold it. And the since the buttons all lay well under the finger, you immeditaly want to use it. I bought two: one for my 5 year/old daughter and another one for me 7 years old daughter. They love their cams.
                    My wife is not a gadget lover but she found herself using it and enjoying it straight away.

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                    4.0

                    Nice Design

                    By S.B. the Hunter

                    from GA

                    About Me Video Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                    • No External Mic Input
                    • Poor Sound

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

                      Excellent for a small "on the go" camera. Easily fits in a standard pocket with little to no bulk. I use this product exclusively for rabbit hunting, where no up close high detail shots are needed.

                      The only drawback is the zoom feature. It is simply a digital zoom (lower quality than an optical zoom). However, I knew this before hand and expected it. Also, the mic really doesn't pick up sound all that well.

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                      5.0

                      GREAT little camera for the price

                      By 5hole

                      from USA

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films

                        Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Aqua):

                        SUPER easy to use!! I bought one of these camera for my wife and ended up buying a second one for my 8 year old "producer". SO easy to use/edit that he had it filming production in NO time!!

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                        • Yes

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                        4.0

                        Great little pocket camera for the money

                        By Pete

                        from Pine Bluff, AR

                        About Me Video Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • Poor In Low Light
                        • Poor Still Image

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Moviesshort films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

                        The feel of the camera is firm which make it easy to hold. a great little camera for the money.

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                        5.0

                        What a great little camera/camcorder

                        By goalie33

                        from Michigan

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel

                        Comments about PLAYSPORT Zx5 Video Camera (Black):

                        I can't believe how easy to use this camera is and also how good the picture quality is. Perfect camera for my wife to toss in her purse and use at the kids games or wherever. Too bad Kodak chose to exit the camera market, as they've really done a good job with this one

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