Kodak PlayFull HD Video Camera - BlueSilver
- Full 1080p video and 5 MP HD stills
- World's only cameras with 3-step sharing to popular sites, plus e-mail
- Kodak's Share button lets you choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak Pulse Display
- Built-in USB arm
- On-camera editing
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Whether you're looking for the latest features or the hottest trends, the KODAK PLAYFULL Video Camera delivers all the goods in a slim and chic design. Get the party started with vibrant 1080p HD and while you're turning heads, you can catch stunning 5 MP photos in a snap. Then press the Share button, pop out the built-in USB arm and go from social butterfly to social networking superstar in seconds. The fully loaded PLAYFULL Video Camera puts your life center stage and lets you show the world why you are So Kodak.
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Extremely small. Totally sweet. Fully HD.
The new definition of fashion forward. Delivers vibrant 1080p HD and stunning 5 MP photos that you can flaunt with ease.
Whether you're looking for the latest features or the hottest trends, the Kodak PlayFull Video Camera delivers all the goods in a slim and chic design. Get the party started with vibrant 1080p HD and while you're turning heads, you can catch stunning 5 MP photos in a snap. Then press the Share button, pop out the built-in USB arm and go from social butterfly to social networking superstar in seconds. The fully loaded PlayFull Video Camera puts your life center stage and lets you show the world why you are So Kodak.
Just press to impress
The world's only cameras with 3-step sharing!1
Kodak's Share button makes sharing your videos and pictures as simple as 1, 2, 3.
- Step 1—Just press Share when in review mode
- Step 2—Choose your favorite sharing destination, e-mail address, or Kodak Pulse Display2
- Step 3—Connect your camera to your computer or insert your memory card and your videos or pictures are automatically uploaded to the destination(s)
- Let you simultaneously share to multiple social networks, e-mail and Pulse Display1,2
- Automatically share when you connect to a PC1
- Tag to the largest number of social networks: Kodak Gallery, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, FLICKR, ORKUT, YANDEX, and KAIXIN0011,3
Bold and beautiful—full HD video and pictures
- Full 1080p high definition captures your life in amazing detail
- Easily switch to still camera mode to catch 5 MP, 16:9 widescreen HD still pictures
- 1080p—great for stunning playback on your HDTV—HDMI cable included!
- 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
- The Kodak PlayFull features on-camera editing capability, so you can fine-tune your footage, cut out what you don't want, or extract still images from video
- When you're ready to upload, just press Share, choose your destination, pop out the USB arm, and you're good to go
- The built-in USB arm is perfect for automatic sharing, in-camera charging, and easy transferring to computer
- Get sharper videos and less blur thanks to built-in digital image stabilization
- Capture your friends in their best light 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) 4
- Black and white
- High saturation—bright, bold colors
- '70s film—muted colors, slightly greenish cast, and a little graininess for a retro look
- The bright 1.5 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
Download the software when you first connect it to your computer5 to:
- Edit and trim videos
- Add a voice-over 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
- 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 PlayFull is compatible with both
- The optional remote control makes it easy to comfortably enjoy your videos and pictures
- Kodak PlayFull Video Camera
- Adapter and cable for battery charging
- Wrist strap
- Quick Start Guide
- ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION Software for Kodak and Kodak Share Button App (both on-camera, PC only)
- All models of digital still and video cameras manufactured in 2011 or later.
- Kodak Pulse Display and Kodak Gallery support still pictures; video not supported.
- Sharing sites vary by region.
- Record about 20 min per 1 GB at 720p HD at 30 fps. Actual results may vary.
- On-board software for PC only.
Sensor type 1/3.2-type, 5 MP CMOS
- 3.9 mm, 35 mm equivalent
- 44 mm @ 1080p
- 33 mm @ 720p
- 33 mm @ WVGA
- 33 mm still capture
Image stabilization digital
Display size 1.5 in. (3.8 cm)
Storage 128 MB internal memory1, SD/SDHC card expansion slot (up to 32 GB card)
Focus modes normal, macro
Focus range 1.0 m–infinity
White balance auto
- video: MPEG-4, AAC LC
- still: JPEG/EXIF v 2.21
- 1080p (16:9)—1920 x 1080, 30 fps
- 720p (16:9)—1280 x 720, 60 fps
- 720p (16:9)—1280 x 720, 30 fps
- WVGA (16:9)—848 x 480, 30 fps
- Still (16:9)—5.3 MP
Review mode delete, delete all, playback, FF, rewind, pause, by frame, volume control
tagging: Share, email, keyword, keyboard input
Share destinations Facebook, FLICKR, Kodak Gallery, YouTube, Twitter, ORKUT, YANDEX and KAIXIN001 sites2, e-mail, and Kodak Pulse Digital Frame/Display
Editing trim, extract pictures
I/O interface USB 2.0 (high-speed), AV out, HDMI
Tripod mount 1/4 in. standard
Power internal Li-Ion battery (service replaceable), in-camera charging
Dedicated buttons power, capture, review, menu, 5-way switch, delete, Share
Dimensions 1.6 × 3.9 × 0.7 in. (41.7 × 100.0 × 17.2 mm)
Weight 95 g (3.4 oz)
- WINDOWS XP SP2, VISTA, WINDOWS 7 or later
- INTERNET EXPLORER 6.0 or higher
- MACINTOSH 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or higher
- SAFARI 1.1 or higher
- PENTIUM 4 1.4 GHz processor or higher
- PENTIUM 4 2.86 GHz processor or higher for HD video
- 1 GB RAM (64 MB Video RAM for HD video)
- 300 MB hard drive disk space available
- CD-ROM drive
- Available USB port (1.1 or higher)
- 1024 × 768 display resolution
- A 128 MB internal memory / 20.3 MB available for video and picture storage (1 MB equals one million bytes).
- Sharing sites vary by region.
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Top customer reviews
Compared to the FLIP, the Kodak has many advantages. In addition to the silky smooth 720-60p video setting (same as FLIP) it offers three other video settings (1080-30p, 720-30p and 480-30p) and one still setting (5 megapixel) that the FLIP does not. It is smaller than the FLIP. It allows up to 6 hours of shooting at 1080p and 13 hours at 480p (which is DVD quality video). The MP4 format is very Mac and PC friendly, and works well in Final Cut Pro 7 without needing to transcode to Quicktime first. It also plays well in Sony Vegas 11.
The built in lithium battery runs nearly two hours on a full charge, but it can not be removed or replaced. When it's discharged, you're done shooting until you recharge it. The good news is you can charge it from a wall charger, a car's lighter plug or a computer USB port. Yes, it has a flip-out USB connector that appears flimsy, but actually is quite ingenious since it minimizes the torque strain the FLIP puts on your computer's USB port as it hangs out fully extended. I broke a USB port charging a FLIP on my PC this way.
The small size is amazing. It's much smaller than the FLIP, but on the down side, so is the LCD. If you need reading glasses, you won't be able to see this LCD well without them.
The lens is very sharp considering it's only about 1/16th of an inch in diameter. In fact, I can see no edge softness or chromatic aboration in the stills or in the video images. Of course, it's a fixed focus, prime lens, so your creativity is limited to wide angle shots. Don't bother using the digital zoom, as this only makes the image look pixelated. You're better off zooming in during post production and leaving the total image intact on the memory card.
In bright sunlight or hazy outdoor light, the Playful delivers a razor sharp image at 1080p. It does display small compression artifacting that some people mistake for grain. It is not predominant, and most users will never notice it sitting at a normal distance from their TV screen. I should also like to note that playing the memory card through my BluRay player's SD card port yields a cleaner looking image than playing the same card through the camera's HDMI port. Same with playing the card on an iMac using it's own SD slot. I suspect the playback circuitry in the camera adds a little grain itself, but it does not matter once you import the files into your editing software.
In bright indoor conditions, such as a daylit room or normal office lighting, the image is still very clean. The color is very accurate, with skin tones having that rich, filmy look. In dimly lit rooms, the grain does indeed show up, but it looks more filmatic than electronic, creating sort of a 16mm film look. Regardless, the sharpness and color are much better than the FLIP, and the grain is not as much as the FLIP under similar lighting. Exposure seems to be more accurate than any other camcorder this size. While the FLIP tends to overexpose many outdoor scenes, the Kodak always seems to be spot-on. Naturally, there are no manual controls over the color or exposure. Luckily, the camera seems to do a good job of this automatically under varying lighting conditions. There is no focus control. Focus is fixed from 4 feet to infinity. You can get in a little closer in bright light, but less than three feet and the focus becomes too soft.
Still images look sharp from corner to corner, but seem to lack the higher contrast that is evident in the videos. You can easily fix this in any photo editing software. Five megapixels is impressive for a camera this small. Yes, you can capture stills from video, and even at the two megapixel limitation of 1080 video, they still look pretty good.
There is electronic stabilization, but don't count on it to remove the jitters in one's extended arm holding the camera one handed. You need two hands cupped strategically around the camera so as not to block the lens or microphone in order to maintain a steady image.
The sound is mono, but has much more punch in the bottom end than the FLIP. But the FLIP's better directional mikes work better picking up individual voices in a room filled with party guests. Wind noise can be annoying, and there's no way to monitor the audio as you shoot. There is also no external mike input. Then remember, this is a shirt pocket 99 dollar camcorder.
This is a simple camcorder to use, and it offers a few setups that FLIP doesn't, including audio level controls and a few video effects. But if you're not interested in changing the settings, you can use it as it comes. Just be aware the factory preset is the middle video quality of 720-30p.
Some early models had locking up problems, but Kodak has a free firmware download that solves this problem. Most recent batches already have the newer firmware installed.
While some users complain of graininess in low light, I think this is one of the best in it's class and size as far as image quality goes. The Kodak Play Sport model offers slightly better imaging in low light, a bigger viewfinder and is also waterproof. Most other features are similar enough to make it hard to distinguish the images between the PlayFul and the PlaySport.
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