Conclusion: The PlayTouch’s feature lineup is certainly impressive and while it shoots great Full HD video it’s not without its shortcomings in other departments. That said, it’s certainly worth a look if you’re in the market for a 1080p-shooting pocket camcorder.
Summary: As the next generation after the widely acclaimed Zi8 pocket recorder, the PlayTouch, also known as the Zi10, had some excellent features, but our hands-on review lead us to give it a big “Thumbs Down.”
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Conclusion: The Kodak Playtouch Video Camera packs a touch screen along with plenty of settings, effects, and extras, but video image quality isn't top-notch.
Pros: Slick design with responsive touch screen. Variety of HD video resolution and frame-rate options. 5-megapixel still image capture. In-camera video effects. Macro focus. Microphone input. Headphone jack. HDMI cable included.
Cons: Video quality isn't as impressive as the competition. Only a 2-inch portion of the 3-inch display is viewable while recording video.
Excerpt: When new product iteration comes out in the market, I expect it to be better than its predecessor. If it is not better, then it is really disappointing and this has happened here for Kodak PlayTouch also known as Zi10. This gadget is the update to Zi8 which was a really good camcorder and it had an external mic jack which wasn’t found on other devices in this class.
Summary: The Kodak PlayTouch would be a great pocket camcorder if not for two major issues: the video quality and the limits imposed on the display. I'll give Kodak a pass for the thin-plastic build as it is probably a tradeoff for the PlayTouch's light weight.
Summary: At $199, the Kodak Playtouch is an easy-to-use, pocket-friendly camera with some compelling features. The Share option and the ability to edit video directly on the device mean you can have your images up on Facebook and Twitter in no time--provided you can plug the camera into a notebook. The camera captured motion well, but the Playtouch delivered less-than-bright colors.
Pros: Intuitive touchscreen operation, Able to edit video footage directly on the camera, Social network integration for sharing photos and video
Cons: Unimpressive video quality, Limited built-in memory, No flash
Excerpt: A few months after we dealt with the (bad) Sony Bloggie, today we present the new Pocket Kodak camera: PlayTouch . Design your MP3 player and smartphone sizes, the strengths of this camera are three capacitive touchscreen, size, 1080p video. After reading the excellent bundle support (housing, wrist strap, good manual, USB cable, AC adapter, Li-Ion 1000 mAh battery, AV cable, HDMI) and studied aesthetics, we have some 'battered to understand its strength, since it is not...
Summary: Kodak’s PlayTouch joins an exclusive band of pocket camcorders like the new Sony Bloggie and the JVC Picsio clan to boast touchscreen operation. But while these ticklish moves grab the limelight, this pocket shooter also comes packed with a welter of other top features: 1080p HD video recording quality, macro mode, face recognition, image stabilization and handy onboard editing software.
Excerpt: The Kodak Playtouch takes a twist on the popular trend for pocket camcorders, adding Full HD 1080p video capture and a 3-inch touchscreen into the mix. It’s a move we’ve seen from a number of manufacturers looking to expand the offering of such devices and avoid being eclipsed by equally pocket-friendly smartphones.
Pros: External mic option, removable battery and storage, choice of video capture modes, HDMI
Cons: Video quality isn't great, on-board mic is lacking, screen isn't put to best use, there seems little advantage to adding touch controls, seems expensive