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Item #: 738ZI10L
 

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by Kristen Schaub
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Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Touch the beauty of HD video
Turn today's escapades into tomorrow's viral video buzz with the Kodak PlayTouch. Its large 3" touchscreen puts the camera controls right at your fingertips, so it's easy and intuitive to record and share high-def videos. And when you hold the cam horizontally, the picture automatically rotates and expands so your widescreen videos fill the screen.

Easy video recording and editing
Simply touch any face in the frame to track your friends and capture them with optimized video settings. Or get creative with your video and select from four different effects, like black and white or "70's film." With on-screen editing, you can easily keep the moments you want and trim the ones you don't — without a computer.

One-touch uploading
When you're ready to share, connect the PlayTouch to your computer via the convenient flip-out USB arm. Then press the on-screen "Share" button and your videos are automatically ready for uploading to YouTube™, Facebook®, Kodak Gallery, and Flickr, or for attaching to an email you can send to friends and family. This pocket-friendly cam also comes with an HDMI cable, so you can hook it up to your TV and enjoy your HD video on the biggest screen in your house.

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Highlights:

    Storage and Formats:
    • records high-def video to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
      • optional 32GB memory card records up to 10 hours of video, depending on the video settings
    • maximum video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
    Features:
    • 3" touchscreen LCD automatically switches between vertical and landscape mode
    • 5-megapixel CMOS image sensor (1.6 effective for video)
    • photo mode takes 5-megapixel (effective) photos
    • digital image stabilization to help keep video steady
    • four video capture effects, including black & white, sepia, high saturation, and '70s film look
    • smart face tracking technology lets you capture your friends in their best light
    • one-button upload to email, YouTube™, Facebook®, Flickr®, and KODAK Gallery
    • on-camera editing lets you trim and extract still pictures from video without a computer
    • also compatible with PC and Mac iLife products
    Connections and Dimensions:
    • high-speed USB interface with flip-out USB connector
    • mini HDMI output (cable included)
    • jack for external stereo microphone or headphones (not included)
    • 2-5/16"W x 4-5/16"H x 11/16"D
    • weight: 5.1 oz. with battery
    • warranty: 1 year
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    LCD Screen Size (inches)
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    3.0
    Viewfinder
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    None
    Total Pixel Count
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    5,000,000
    Effective Pixel Count for Video
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    1,600,000
    High-Definition
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    Yes
    Aspect Ratio
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    16:9
    Manual Focusing
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    No
    Filter Diameter
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    None
    Optical Zoom
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    1 x
    Digital Zoom
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    4 x
    Night Imaging
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    No
    Image Stabilization
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    Digital
    Built-in Video Light
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    No
    Built-in Memory
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    128 MB
    Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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    100 min
    Digital Still Camera Features
    Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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    5,000,000
    Built-in Photo Flash
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    No
    Still Image Aspect Ratios
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    16:9
    Inputs and Outputs
    USB Port
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    USB 2.0 High Speed
    HDMI Output
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    Mini
    Mic Input
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    3.5mm
    Dimensions
    Weight With Battery (ounces)
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    5.1
    Width (inches)
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    2-3/8
    Height (inches)
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    4-3/8
    Depth (inches)
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    0-11/16
    Warranty
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    1 Year
    Labor Warranty
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    1 Year
    Image Sensor Warranty
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    1 Year
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    What's in the box?

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    • Kodak PlayTouch video camera (teal)
    • KLIC-7004 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/3.4Wh/1000mAh)
    • K20-AM AC adapter (5V/1A)
    • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and proprietary connector on the other end)
    • 70" A/V cable (with 2.5mm sub-mini plug on one end and dual RCA plugs--mono audio and composite video--on the other end)
    • 40" HDMI cable (with a mini-HDMI connector on one end and a standard HDMI connector on the other end)
    • Cloth carrying pouch
    • Wrist strap
    • User Guide
    • Share button info sheet
    • Note about QuickTime version

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    Features

    Overview: The Kodak Zi10 PlayTouch is a pocket-sized digital video camera that is capable of recording high definition or standard definition video and digital still images. It has a 3" LCD touchscreen for recording and playing back your videos and still images.

    File Format: The Zi10 PlayTouch records video in MPEG-4 (H.264) format with AAC-LC mono audio, and JPEG still images. You can choose between the following capture modes:

    • 1080p: 1920 x 1080 (16:9) @ 30 fps; for viewing on an HDTV
    • 720p/60: 1280 x 720 (16:9) @ 60 fps; for sports and action videos
    • 720p/30: 1280 x 720 (16:9) @ 30 fps; for viewing on a computer, and sharing on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube
    • WVGA: 848 x 480 (16:9) @ 30 fps; for conserving memory card space
    • Still: 5.3MP (3072 x 1728) (16:9); for capturing high quality still images

    Internal Memory: The camera features a built-in 128 MB internal memory. Approximately 20 MB is available for image storage.

    SD/SDHC: Optional SD or SDHC (high capacity) memory cards can be used to store videos and still images. The Zi10 PlayTouch can accept SD/SDHC cards up to 32 GB. A 32 GB card can record up to 10 hours of HD video (720p @ 30 fps).

    Lens: The Zi10 PlayTouch has a fixed focus 3.9mm, f/2.8 lens. The 35mm equivalent is 44mm for 1080p, and 33mm for 720p, WVGA, and still capture. The focusing range is 3.3' to infinity in Normal mode, and 6" in Macro mode. The camera also has a 4x digital zoom.

    Controls: The PlayTouch only has two physical buttons: the Power On/Off button, and the shutter release. All of the other controls and indicators are displayed on the LCD touchscreen:

    • Controls:
      • Settings Menu: Set Video Resolution, Share button parameters, and other camera settings on the touchscreen menu.
      • Shooting Mode: Switch between Video Recording and Still Image Recording
      • Playback: Displays videos and still images in memory
      • Effects: Choose image effects such as High Saturation, 70's Film, Black & White, Sepia, or Normal
      • Zoom: Operate the 4x digital zoom by sliding your finger across the touchscreen.
    • Indicators:
      • Battery Gauge: Indicates remaining battery power
      • Remaining Recording Time/Number of Photos: In video mode, the remaining recording time in current resolution is displayed. In still image mode, the remaining number of pictures that can be taken is displayed.

    LCD Glare Shield: The PlayTouch features two LCD Glare Shield filters to help you see your subject on the display screen easier in reflective outdoor settings. You can choose High Contrast, B&W (Black & White), or Normal (no filter). These filters apply only to the display screen, not to the videos or images.

    Electronic Image Stabilization: For sharper videos and still images, the PlayTouch has built-in Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), which can be turned on or off in the menu.

    Magnifying A Picture: When reviewing your still images, you can tap the Magnify (+) icon on the screen to magnify the image. With each tap, the magnification increases to 2x, 4x, 6x, or 8x. A double-tap quickly zooms to 8x. Double-tapping the Magnify (-) icon quickly returns the image to 1x size.

    Playback Modes: During video playback, you can fast forward and fast rewind in 2 different speeds: 2x or 4x. When video is paused, you can advance the video one frame at a time in forward or reverse direction.

    Share: Videos and pictures can be easily shared on various social networking websites. You can choose from the following sites: Kodak Gallery, Facebook, Flickr, Orkut, and YouTube. Pictures can also be emailed directly from the camera while connected to your computer (Internet connection required).

    Flip-out USB: The PlayTouch has a built-in USB Type A plug that conveniently flips out for plugging into your computer for uploading pictures and videos.

    HDMI and A/V Outputs: The Zi10 PlayTouch allows you to view your videos on your HDTV via the supplied HDMI cable (mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI). You can also connect the camera to a non-HDTV using the supplied A/V cable with mono audio and composite video.

    Headphone Out/Microphone In: On the top of the PlayTouch is a 3.5mm minijack, which can be used to connect an external microphone or a pair of headphones. When a device is plugged into the jack, you are asked to select headphones or microphone in the touchscreen menu, depending upon which device is plugged in.

    Optional Remote Control: The Zi10 PlayTouch has an infrared eye near the lens for use with an optional remote control (item # 738PVCR).

    Power Requirements: The Zi10 PlayTouch operates on the supplied KLIC-7004 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/1000mAh). The battery can be charged on standard household current using the supplied USB cable and AC adapter, or connected to your computer via the USB cable. Charging takes 2 hours on AC current and 4 hours via USB. The battery can also be charged with the optional Kodak K-7600C battery charger (sold separately).

    Built-in Software: When you first connect your camera to your computer, you can choose to download ArcSoft MediaImpression for Kodak (for Windows-based PCs only), or the Kodak Camera Setup App (for Windows and Macintosh), or both. Mac users can also use the Apple iLife suite of products to edit, personalize, make DVDs, share via YouTube and Apple Online Sharing Services (iWeb and MobileMe), or with iTunes for synching with the iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV.

    Minimum System Requirements:

    • Operating System:
      • Windows:
        • Windows XP/SP2, Vista, or Windows 7 or later
        • Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher
      • Macintosh:
        • Macintosh OS X 10.5, 10.6 or higher
        • Safari 1.1 or higher
    • Hardware:
      • Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz processor or greater
      • 1 GB RAM and 64 MB video RAM
      • 300 MB hard drive disk space available
      • CD-ROM drive
      • Available USB port (1.1 or higher)
      • 1024 x 768 display resolution
     
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    4 out of 5

    To Bad It Is Discontunied

    Written By Triple P, Plymouth Ma on Wednesday, January 25, 2012
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    Just what I needed
    Pros:
    Great camera
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    5 out of 5

    A 5-star solution

    Written By Gil E, Riverdale, NY on Sunday, May 22, 2011
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    I can't believe the technology. Coming from a Flip, this is 10 times better. It's easy to use. Built-in options are numerous, including the option to switch from video to stills, resolution, image stabilization, and more. The video quality is excellent. High saturation, black and white, and sepia options are fun to play with.

    The feature that I like the best is the ability to use an external microphone. So much of "home" video falls short because of poor audio. I had an old Radio Shack lavalier mike, plugged it in, and it works great. A $20 add-on gives me everything that I was looking for.

    I see this is a great way for people who are looking to add video to their websites to get the job done quickly and economically.
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    5 out of 5

    Love this device

    Written By MikeP, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, May 18, 2011
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    Used this to record my wife's choral solo performance and it was great, even in
    lower light conditions. Was concerned the built in mic wouldn't work well but it
    did an outstanding job. An excellent bargain and we've used it for a number of
    occasions since then. I highly recommend it.
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    5 out of 5

    Kodak Zi10 PlayTouch

    Written By Leo, Flemington, NJ on Monday, March 21, 2011
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    This Kodak product (like most of them) is an exceptionally featured device/ camera/ camcorder easy to use and great quality in both video and pictures. The added features since the Vi8 model just makes it that much better and the external 3.5 mic/ earphone jack was a key selling point for me. The product arrived very quickly and in its brand new state as it should. I would buy again both Kodak products and if available from this website, very reliable.
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    5 out of 5

    Best Little HD Camera

    Written By JudeR, Orlando FL on Tuesday, January 18, 2011
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    For years I have had camcorders, 8mm, digital etc cameras. I just needed a small
    unit that could do the job and have good general pictures. Well this little
    thing has HD quality, great sound in near proximity and is probably the best
    bang for the buck until you need to step up to the Camcorder Format. I cant
    really say anything bad about this unit. Just remember this is a pocket sized
    unit but dont let that fool you.
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