Reviews and Problems with Kodak PLAYSPORT Video Camera Zx5
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Kodak PlaySport Burton Edition Zx5 Review: Ready for the Slopes
Digital Camera Review
1 December 2011
Summary: I’m still taken aback that there are underwater HD camcorders available for less than $200. Five years ago that would have been unthinkable. That said, the Burton Edition is a decent device in the shrinking pocket camcorder market, though no different than the Zx5 that came before it, sans the funky design.
Excerpt: Earlier this year, DigitalCameraReview tried out the Kodak EasyShare Sport C123 , a ruggedized digital camera that fell well below expectations. This time around we’ve gotten our hands on the EasyShare Sport's camcorder counterpart, the Kodak PlaySport Zx5.
Excerpt: For those who want the ability to record full HD video, without lugging around a digicam camcorder, Kodak has created various pocket-sized digital video cameras, like the Playsport Zx5. This is the most rugged of the bunch, offering similar specifications to past models, however with waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof capabilities.
The waterproof Zx5 is Kodak's second version of the company's popular PlaySport camcorder.
6 May 2011
Conclusion: With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak’s series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip’s former market, and the waterproof PlaySport Zx5 is certainly a worthy heir to the throne. We liked the Zx5’s predecessor (the PlaySport Zx3) enough to name it our Best Ultracompact Camcorder of 2010, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that we like the Zx5 as well.
Excerpt: The pocket camcorder market wobbled this month with shock news that Cisco was axing its Flip brand . The reasons behind this move are myriad but with HD video shooting now found in most phones, it’s clear that camcorder manufacturers have to try that bit harder to entice the general public away from gadget convergence.
Summary: With ‘Flips’ now a discontinued line there is a gap in the market for a small – pocket size – camcorder, this one from Kodak is waterproof to ten feet and has a range of special features as well as the ability to take stills as well as video .
Excerpt: As with its predecessor, the Zx5 is a 5Mp stills camera as well as a video camera, but we were disappointed to find no karabiner loop (as there was on the Zx1) available for when we indulge in some proper extreme sports action.