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.
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.
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