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Kodak Playsport Zx5

*Est. $95
Reviewed
March 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Kodak Zx5

Pros
  • Shoots 1080p HD
  • Waterproof to 10 feet, shockproof to 5 feet
Cons
  • No built-in memory
  • Bundled software isn't Mac-compatible
  • Glitchy autofocus
  • Owner complaints that it leaks or freezes up
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Bottom Line

Experts from multiple sites recommend the Kodak Zx5 as a decent, durable pocket camcorder capable of shooting in full 1080p HD, but multiple owners complain of it leaking underwater or completely freezing up. We found similar complaints for the earlier Kodak Playsport Zx3, although plenty of owners don't report any problems with these camcorders.

Breaking It Down

Ease Of Use

Reviewers have a range of concerns. The Zx5 is similar to its cousin, the Kodak Zx3, and according to some reviewers, it might be worse. While it's drop-proof up to 5 feet and waterproof up to 10 feet, reviewers have a range of concerns, including issues with leakage and a dicey-looking autofocus.

Performance

Issues with water submersion and limited features. Reviewers like the Kodak Zx5's video quality; however, complaints about the Zx5's waterproof capabilities raise concern. The camcorder also does not come bundled with a USB cable, rechargeable battery or media card, which require additional investments.

Appearance

Compact, travel-friendly size. The Zx5 maintains the classic pocket camcorder design. Slightly bigger than the Zx3, it is still portable, and as Joshua Goldman from CNET says, there is no issue "slipping it into a pants pocket or small handbag."

OUR SOURCES

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Kodak PlaySport (Zx5) HD Waterproof Pocket Video Camera - Black (2nd Generation)

 
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Our Sources

1. CamcorderInfo.com

Review Credibility: Very Good Jeremy Stamas highlights the Zx5's decent HD video quality and the ease of uploading videos to YouTube.com. He does, however, stress that the Zx5 suffers from "terrible" autofocus issues, and he rates Samsung's pocket camcorder higher.

Review: Kodak Playsport Zx5, Jeremy Stamas, May 6, 2011

2. CNET

Review Credibility: Very Good CNET's Joshua Goldman bemoans the fact that the Zx5 isn't much of an improvement on the original Playsport and if anything, is worse. He does say that it has "very good video quality for its price and size," and he rates it as a CNET top pick.

Review: Kodak Playsport Zx5 (Black), Joshua Goldman, June 1, 2011

3. TrustedReviews.com

Review Credibility: Good James Morris finds the Zx5's performance as favorable as the earlier Zx3, and he adds that the improved dustproofing and shockproofing is a welcome addition. He rates it as a TrustedReviews.com top pick.

Review: Kodak Playsport Zx5 Review, James Morris, May 6, 2011

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