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Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera (Black)
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- One-button upload to popular sharing sites plus e-mail
- 3.0 in. capacitive touchscreen LCD
- Full 1080p HD video and 5 MP HD still pictures
- On-camera editing
- LCD Glare Shield
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Go ahead. Touch it. You know you want to. Its unique touchscreen lets you glide through HD video like never before. That’s the beauty of the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera. It puts the high-end features you want right at your fingertips. With on-screen editing, you can easily keep the moments you want and trim the ones you don’t. And when you’re ready to turn today’s escapades into tomorrow’s buzz, getting them online is easier than ever. Just press the Share button and your videos are automatically ready for the Web. With the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera, the power to be seen is as simple as touching a screen. The real KODAK Moment happens when you share
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|Touch the Beauty of HD Video. |
With its unique touchscreen, the Kodak PlayTouch lets you glide through full 1080p HD video like never before
Go ahead. Touch it. You know you want to. Its unique touchscreen lets you glide through HD video like never before. That's the beauty of the Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera. It puts the high-end features you want right at your fingertips. With on-screen editing, you can easily keep the moments you want and trim the ones you don't. And when you're ready to turn today's escapades into tomorrow's buzz, getting them online is easier than ever. Just press the Share button and your videos are automatically ready for the Web. With the Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera, the power to be seen is as simple as touching a screen. The real Kodak moment happens when you share.
One-button upload—turn moments into memories
With the Share button and Kodak's Share button app, sharing your pictures is amazingly simple.
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This one caught my eye after I read reviews of the Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera - Black mentioned it as a lesser camera, but still possessing the microphone jack capabilities - which is rare with these types of camcorders.
Why use an external mic? Well, if the audio you are getting via the camera is affected by external noise or generally isn't as sharp as you want it to be, it's great to have options. I purchased a Olympus ME-52W Noise Canceling Microphone which while cheap, really does the trick for YouTube videos and similar when paired with the PlayTouch.
The PlayTouch is similar to the Flip in styling, but has a touch screen for navigation and room for up to a 32GB SD card. You'll need a card. The internal memory stored only 25 seconds of video shot at 1080p. I suggest this card: SanDisk Extreme 32 GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card 45MB/s SDSDX-032G-AFFP for capturing clear HD video and having about 4 hours of room to do it on the card.
This camcorder is easy to use and comes with two software packages that ideally would allow you to upload to YouTube and Facebook from the camera. My system rejected this operation and Webroot SecureAnywhere Internet Security Plus 2013 - 3 Devices said 'no go' to installing it due to a bug.
If you run into that problem, it's OK, as you can simply remove your SDHC card and upload the videos to your computer for editing and uploading. Yes, it defeats some of the cool features of this rig, but as it's all about the quality of the video for me - it's not a problem as that is still good.
What's not good is the low lighting shots (video and stills) with this camcorder. You need to have good lighting or be outdoors to get good quality video from this product.
Looking for a tripod? I use a Flip Video Tripod with this camera and it works great.
I liked that the camcorder came with all kinds of cords, including the one that allows you to plug in the USB connector into a female connection. It's only a tether of about 8", but that's handy for desktop PCs and rarely included with cameras like this one. Assuming you'd not be taking the SDHC card out instead and uploading directly from the camcorder.
I am a little concerned about the USB flip out connection on the PlayTouch. It's kind of flimsy, and wiggles a bit versus a nice snap out with a quick slide of a lever on the Flip Cam. I don't think I'll use it, as I feel like even being careful - it may break easily.
The 3" screen is clear and bright. Navigation is easy and intuitive. One button for play on the back, and a red light on the front of the camcorder tells you it's recording.
You can change shooting mode like: sepia, b/w, 70's, and others, and edit on the camera. That's really nice, as it saves time editing off the camera. Ideally, if I could upload directly to Facebook and YouTube, this would be very sweet indeed!
An HDMI port on the camera is also a great addition. Even better, Kodak includes an HDMI cable with the PlayTouch!
The rechargeable battery charges in about 2 hours and lasts about the same when shooting 1080p video.
Be sure to go to the Kodak site and click 'Support' to get the latest firmware update for your camera. You'll need to have your SDHC card before you do, as that's part of how you upgrade. You'll also need to check 'About' in your camera settings to find your camcorder's current firmware version prior to selecting the proper upgrade. It's relatively simple to upgrade it, and instructions on the Kodak site are clear and easy to follow.
Overall, I'm pleased with my purchase. I like that it has the mic jack and produces great 1080p video, as well as being easy to use and highly portable. Having a memory card slot is a bonus too, and other than the USB connector and so-so internal mic, it's a great buy at its current price point. The Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera - Black was my first choice, but the price difference was the deciding factor and I don't regret my decision after playing with this one.
The only downside I've found is that the battery cover squeaks when you squeeze the camera, and that gets into your recording. I narrowed down the problem area to a small tab the top of the cover and filed it down slightly with an emery board/fingernail file. Problem solved.
I had a leftover plastic overlay sheet meant for cellphones and cut it down to match the touchscreen. I found a pocket-size tripod for $5 and inexpensive spare batteries from another vendor. You can NOT change batteries during a recording session -- you'll have to stop the recording to change the battery. However, if you supply external power during the switch, you may be able to make one continuous recording for up to 8 hours in WVGA.
As always, get lots of practice with all the tools before you shoot something important. I'm quite delighted with this setup.
Also, the body is strong...does not feel like a cheap toy. The previous model zi8 was at least $200...so this is half the price. Some people say the video quality is not comparable to the previous model...but it is good enough and clear enough for what I use it for...actually is very clear...