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Kodak PlaySport Zx5

alaTest has collected and analysed 1113 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the design and image quality are on the whole positive. The portability and usability are also appreciated, whereas there are some critical comments about the zoom and features.

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, design

battery, features, zoom

We analysed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Kodak PlaySport ZX5 review


Durable action cam that films in crisp 1080p

After giving the Playsport a wipe down and connecting it to a PC, we found that you have to install a couple of programmes to share what you have filmed. Once done though, it was easy to get images onto Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. All our footage was...

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Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Review


The PlaySport Zx3 was our favourite compact camcorder of last year, so this ruggedised model had a reputation to live up to.

It's hard to see what the Zx5 brings to the party that wasn't already offered by the Zx3. Both 1920x1080 video capture and image stabilisation were already included, as was the shoot and share option. The Zx5 has a dedicated Share button and DIS...


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Kodak Playsport Zx5


Kodak's waterproof pocket camcorder range gets tough.

Waterproof to 3m ; Withstands drop from 1.5m ; Full HD shooting

No built-in memory ; Fixed battery ; No backlight compensation setting

The Kodak Playsport Zx3 was already great value for a waterproof pocket Internet camcorder. The Zx5 is around £30 more than the current price for the Zx3, and although it doesn’t add much in the way of extra features, the improved shock rating makes it...


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Kodak PlaySport 2011 Review


A desirable amphibious camcorder that's up for adventure, but footage isn't all that we'd hoped for

Now that most new phones offer hi-def video recording, the niche for pocket camcorders is looking slim, especially in light of Cisco’s recent decision to discontinue its Flip range. However, if it’s q

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Kodak PlaySport review


Small, simple and submersible to 3m, Kodak's PlaySport keeps the price down without dropping the image quality too far. It has its share of flaws but it's great fun to use.

Decent photo and hi-def video quality ; Small and light ; Waterproof ; Comes with loads of accessories ; Great value for money

Confusing icons in the settings menu ; No standard 4:3 setting for photos ; Footage can look very wobbly ; Doesn't float

On the whole, the Kodak PlaySport is very easy to use. It's also very affordable and records better-looking images than many of its rivals. Add in the fact that you can film underwater and all you really need to ask yourself is: "Which colour do I want...


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Kodak PlaySport review


Summer is finally upon us, which means it might get hot enough for a nice relaxing swim, and if it doesn't then you can always fly somewhere where it will. Either way, you could have a lot of fun with Kodak's PlaySport mini camcorder, a waterproof...

A great mini camcorder with waterproofing, and all for less money than many of its liquid-adverse competitors.

TIPA Award!

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Kodak Playsport


Al giorno d'oggi non è possibile ignorare l'importanza dei social network e il ruolo significativo dell'imaging al loro interno. Negli ultimi anni le cosiddette 'videocamere tascabili' si sono diffuse molto tra gli utenti abituali dei social network....

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Kodak Playsport Waterproof HD Pocket Camcorder


With the tech world going social network crazy, sharing is the sexy thing to do, and with the exsplosion of sites like Youtube, Facebook and Vimeo, there's now a huge demand for easy ways to shoot and share video clips. The Kodak Playsport caught our...

Reddot design award winner 2010!

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Kodak PLAYSPORT Video Camera


The Playsport video camera is a robust and durable high-resolution camera in a handy format. Its compact exterior with modern colour variants appeals to active users who want to use the camera outdoors in different conditions. Accordingly, the camera...

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Amazon review summary for Kodak PlaySport Zx5


alaTest has collected and analysed 413 user reviews of Kodak PlaySport Zx5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on

value for money, usability, portability, image quality, battery


79% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Kodak Playsport Waterproof HD Pocket Video Camera (Abyss - Black)Kodak PlaySport Zx5 (White), Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and ShockproofKodak Playsport Waterproof HD Pocket Video Camera (Adrenaline Rush - Purple)

Product Specifications


3 Chip Technic: No
Autofocus:Unknown / Yes
Built-in Flash:No / Unknown
Changeable Lens: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser / No
Integrated GPS Module: No
Sensor Size:1/2.5'' / 1/3.2''
Touchscreen: No


Digital Input:No / Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
HDMI:No / Yes
HDMI Interface:No / Yes
PictBridge: No
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface :SD Card / SD HC Card / SD/ SDHC/ SDXC Card
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

General Features

3D: No
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CCD / CMOS
Format:Flash Memory / Memory Card
Handheld Position:Candy Bar / CHOCOLATEBAR
Product Type:Pocket Camcorder
Resolution:Full HD
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera
Type:Pocket Camcorder


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: No
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No


Face Detection Mode:Face Detection / No
HD Video Format:MPEG4
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
Recording Format:4:3