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Good Small Camera-For the grab and go video shot,
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For a basic 1080 HD digital Hand-held cam, I think its better than the flip. It accepts up to 32gig SD cards, perhaps more since it has the high capacity support. It's smaller than the flip, and its more easily portable as well.
I did have the Sanyo VPC-CG102, the resolution on playback was grainy, in addition the layout on that unit is very bad. Not easy and doesn't fit in your hand in a way you would want to hold for an hour taking video.. NO GO
I had the Kodak ZI8, great unit, and is the best $100 device small form factor there is. But, not the latest and greatest
I had the Panasonic TA-1, great size, but video was Baaaad. The quality looked very bad for me, plus no 60fps 720 setting. Not good
After going through all this I knew Kodak, from my earlier ZI8 I happened to loose somewhere, took high quality video, so I went with this new Playful. CES2011 gave some positive remarks on it, worth a shot.
So far, so good. I have taken several 720 60fps and 18080 videos, all seem to sync with your setting. 1080 does look to be the smoothest and best quality video. I like the construction, outside feels solid, the side access doors do seem a little flimsy, but the connectors that go into the device are rubber, so much better than plastic in terms of longevity.
Zoom is okay, but will kill the overall resolution. Has a very good lens aperture, when you hold it, even directly in front of you your getting a great angle of view.
Quality 4 out of 5
Video quality 4.5 out of 5
sound 4 out of 5
Overall Purchase 4.5 out of 5
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Initial post: Mar 17, 2011 6:27:52 PM PDT
D. Schlazer says:
Is it worth the 50 bucks extra to purchase the Playfull, or should I save my money and get the Zi8??
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 20, 2011 4:57:03 PM PDT
John (HCPD) says:
I had the ZI8, and i will tell you the ZI8 is larger. It has a larger screen, but is bulkier.
I lost my ZI8, and was deciding between this and the zi8. I found out this was debuted at the CES2011, and is their newest technology.
Your call, but i would go with smaller, and more current
Posted on Mar 22, 2011 11:34:11 AM PDT
How long does the battery last and is it easy to download the video to your computer?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 2, 2011 10:40:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 3, 2011 6:38:06 PM PDT
C. MacPhail says:
Manual says: Battery life-Approximately 120 minutes in video recording mode, 720p @ 30 fps. Assume somewhat shorter if shooting Full HD 1920x1080p.
Copy/paste .jpg & .mp4 files to your PC using Windows Explorer. Easy.
The Kodak Share Button software is lame and annoying at every turn. I only used it to auto upload pics & vids to my PC. It changes the date/time stamps (created, modified, etc.) of every file to when you UPLOADED it. You can't pick a default location for videos separate from pics. Etc., etc. I wrote down a whole page of ick. Don't bother to install it.
Other info & specs are in the 26 page Extended User Guide posted at Kodak's site.
Posted on Aug 7, 2012 11:33:51 PM PDT
Rick Bennette says:
The best camera is the one you have with you. The Playful is small enough that it's easy to always have it in a pocket or purse.
In outdoor lighting and good indoor lighting, the video image is superb for something this small. It gets grainy only when the light level drops, but it still provides an image good enough to remember the event even by the light of a single forty watt bulb indoors at night. Still images are good in high light levels, but lose detail and color intensity as the light level drops.
There is no autofocus, and everything three feet to infinity is in clear focus. You can push it down to two feet, if you're willing to accept a little softness in the image. The good thing is there is no hunting and pecking of the focus, especially good when shooting through a window. The lens is crystal clear from edge to edge with no chromatic abberation or distortion. Digital zoom is useless because it just adds too much pixelation to the image.
The sound quality is decent, and does not distort at high volume levels, although at loud levels it does go into strong pumping of the AGC (automatic gain control) to prevent distortion. The mic is omni directional meaning it picks up sounds from all directions equally well, something not particularly good trying to isolate a single voice in a loud room.
It will shoot six hours of HD video on a 32 gig card. It offers four choices of video resolution from standard DVD quality to Blu-Ray disk quality. Battery life is about two hours per charge, and you can't remove the battery. But you can charge it from any USB port using the built in USB arm. It's simple to use, and colors are very accurate under most lighting conditions. It's way better than the Flip for video, but the Flip has better directional sound for voices. Plus it's smaller than the Flip.
It produces standard Mp4 files, which work equally well on all newer Macs and PC's, and lot's of older ones as well with a simple mP4 decoder patch.
In summary, the PlayFul is a great little camera for capturing the events of everyday life.
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