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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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|Battery Type||Lithium Ion|
|Item Dimensions||6.06 x 2.94 x 6.63 inches|
|Item Weight||0.32 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||1 Watt Hour|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||1 Volt|
|Lithium Battery Weight||1 ounce|
|Media Format Digital Video||Internal Flash Memory, SD, SDHC|
|Media Type||Flash card|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||5 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4|
|Video Capture Resolution||1080p_hd|
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
From the Manufacturer
|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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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...
The first unit was returned because of sound recording quality. The only way I can describe it is if you're old enough to remember the reel-to-reel movie projectors they used in school - back in the analog days - that made the click-click-clicking noise when it played. It sounded just like that when played back on the unit, on the computer via the SDHC reader, or my HD LCD TV through the mini HDMI cable. I did call Kodak support (who were well, supportive) and they walked me through the troubleshooting steps. I had already updated the firmware (thanks to another review of the unit here on Amazon.com) and there wasn't much we could do other than return it. I must say that Amazon was superb in the return/replacement turnaround and I had my second unit the next day by 3pm.
The sound quality on the second unit is better (although I think the video output on first unit was better) and still not what I would consider good. That being said, if you use an external mic, which I did purchase along with a remote control, the sound is outstanding! The part I don't get is that it's marketed as shooting high definition video on the go and who wants to be tethered to your video camera with a 20ft microphone cord? My question to Kodak is, couldn't you have moved the internal mic farther from the internals so that it would pick up less sound from the camera than the subjects in the video? Literally, if I am in a quiet room chatting to the camera the camera noise is as about as loud as my voice - regardless of the mic gain setting.
The other drawback, and it's a biggie for me, is that the battery cover squeaks when you push the record button. Again, for an almost $200 retail piece, it's an unacceptable engineering oversight. (I did later find a fix for the cover squeak but I'm sure it voids the warranty) Add that to the fact the unit picks up the sound effect clicks when you zoom in or out. You can turn off sounds in the menu but they're on by default AND it turns off the front LED light that tells you you're recording. Couldn't the Sound and LED menu entries have been separated? They're both done in software so it's a (another) simple oversight.
If Kodak wants to compete in this niche it HAS to tighten these things up. If they're going to sell mobility in HD it better be HQ and HiFi - high quality and it better sound fantastic - You only get one shot at customer loyalty at this price point.