Generally a well made item very simple to use. Only reason for 3 stars is quality of video indoors even on 1080p is somewhat dull and colourless. However outside sunny day type filming is very good, all in all for the money its recommended. Proseasy to use ( dont need the manual)easy to carry around same size as a small mobile phonemic quality good but subject to a bit of wind noise (level can be adjusted) around 2. 20 hours of video record time at 1080p on a 16g cardconsas mentioned before low light recording is a bit washed outtakes a good 2 hours to charge battery from flat.
Solid device needs constant recharging. I’ve had the zx5 for about 4 months now and have been fairly happy with it. My main complaints have been the fact that a fully charged battery only lasts for about 2 hours when recording a video. And somehow it drains battery power on its own and kodak recommends that you ensure that it’s fully charged before using it which means having to keep it on the charger at all times in case you should ever need to use it. I had the red version of this for exactly 1 day, and it kept freezing up on me and had to be repeatedly reset with a paperclip. Since swapping out for this black one, i’ve not had a similar problem. Over all, the camcorder is a decent device which can endure most normal use condition, including exposure to water, accidental dropping and dust which makes it perfect for most sports activities. This is one camcorder that i never need to worry where on the floor board it might land as a result of sudden vehicle stops and turns. Its size, form and durability makes it perfect for carrying in your front or back pocket to be taken just about anywhere. Its lack of buttons and overly complicated menus makes it perfect for quick and easy use. You can set it up to share with facebook, an email address, flickr, youtube, and a few other networks and sites that i’m not familiar with. Personally, i prefer to use it with my eye-fi connect x2 4gb wireless sdhc memory card and send any picture or video taken directly to my laptop and facebook account automatically. The camcorder is a solid device, but its constant demand for recharging is its primary drawback.
Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof – White
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- Waterproof to 3m deep, Shockproof to 1.5m, and dustproof. Designed to take video anywhere
- Full HD 1080p, 720p, WVGA recording modes plus 5MP stills with auto-focus and face detection
- World’s only cameras with 3-step sharing, allowing simultaneous upload to YouTube, Facebook, email and others
- On-camera editing features let you trim video directly on the 2-inch LCD without a computer
- Record up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot
I can take it anywhere, it is robust and picture quality is great. I did a lot of research before i bought it and have no regrets.
So when kodak said they where bringing out another waterproof camera with macro i couldnt wait to see what it was like. It is alot like all the other kodak camcorders. It records in the following:wvga, 720p 30 and 60 fps, 1080pit also has a 5 megapixel camera option on it. It has 4 extra colour effects which are good if the mood strikes. Normal, high saturation, 70’s film, black and white and sepiait also has the glare shield which the zx3 has. The difference with the zx5 is it has a sensor which change’s the screen automaticaly. I have tried it and it works very well. I found the low light to be better than the zx3.
I bought this for a backpacking trip in turkey and pared up with a 16gb card you could not ask for more. Dropped it and fell 50meters down a ravine while climbing and had just a few scratches . Although i will recommend strapping a elastic band round the latches just in case .Dived with it and no problems at all works fine ,now the problems with the software i have had no problems and no lag or the camera stopping to reset it ,but. I think that problem it depends what card you are using i used komputerbay 16gb class 10 sdhc ultra high speed memory card – read 20mb/s write 15mb/s which was also bought from amazon and no issues but the lexar 16gb sdhc class 4 card sometimes had a lag and would stop recording the camera telling me that the card was too slow. So take your own from it,its not the camera it is the card . Now i would not recommend shooting at night with no lighting as it does not perform well at all in fact you cant see anything, daytime its fine and it focuses rather quickly ,zoom is ok but don’t expect a bazooka and it gets grainy when in full zoom. I mainly used it for daytime vids and cant complain ,i will also post a few for every one to see the quality. Battery life is about two nd half hours if you use it none stop,bare in mind that will depend also on the outside temperature if cold it drains quicker.
Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Full HD 1080P, Waterproof, Dustproof and Shockproof – White : For anybody who is considering a hd camcorder that can be taken, and used, just about anywhere you can imagine, look no further. The zx5 is small, robust and cries out to be used, whatever the weather. To help you do this there are optional leg, arm or chest straps available, as well as a standard tripod mount. I have used each of these, as well as mounting the zx5 in my car and on my motorcycle. The camera does not come with an external mike connection, however when i stopped to advise a car driver that he was indicating right (across my path) at a no right turn, the playback was crystal clear above the engine noise and my fully enclosed crash helmet. For those that are concerned about unwanted background noise, the zx5 has a gain control option. Connectivity includes mini usb or mini hdmi. Both ports are sealed, as is the sd card slot, to allow the zx5 to be used underwater. Power is supplied via the mini usb to either a pc or the mains, using the provided adapter.