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Kodak PlaySport ZX3

Waterproof HD pocket video camera (Black)

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The Kodak PlaySport features a rugged, shock-resistant design, so you can take it along on your next rock climbing or snowboarding trip. Built-in software makes it easy to upload videos of your adventures to YouTube and Facebook. Don't let the simple design convince you that it's nothing but a toy — the PlaySport records beautiful HD video. Add a 32GB SDHC card, and you'll be able to shoot all day long on top of a snow covered mountain or down in a tropical lagoon.

Finally, a camcorder you can take anywhere — even ten feet underwater.

The Kodak PlaySport features a rugged, shock-resistant design, so you can take it along on your next rock climbing or snowboarding trip. Built-in software makes it easy to upload videos of your adventures to YouTube and Facebook. Don't let the simple design convince you that it's nothing but a toy — the PlaySport records beautiful HD video. Add a 32GB SDHC card, and you'll be able to shoot all day long on top of a snow covered mountain or down in a tropical lagoon.

From the review HD Fireworks with the Kodak PlaySport ZX3

"The PlaySport lives up to its name — it's waterproof, and is designed to take a spill or two. It's also pretty easy to operate. I never did read the manual. I just started experimenting with the camera and soon puzzled things out. Even other family members who normally find the gear I bring home challenging were soon shooting their own videos."

— Ralph, Crutchfield Blog Editor and A/V Writer

The ZX3 is simple to use and does a pretty good job. However, the software program included in the camera did not load on my computer upon first connection as advertised; in fact, it never loaded. Talked with another owner of the ZX3, and they had same problem.

BobB, Virginia Beach, VA

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What's in the Box:

  • Video camera
  • KLIC-7004 Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery (3.6V/1000mAh)
  • 40" HDMI cable (HDMI mini to HDMI full size)
  • 39" USB cable (with Type A USB on one end and USB Micro B connector on the other end)
  • 71" A/V cable (with 2.5mm sub-mini plug on one end and composite video and mono audio RCA plugs on the other end)
  • K20AM USB/AC adapter (has female Type A USB)
  • Wrist strap
  • User Guide

Product Highlights:

  • waterproof up to 10 feet
  • underwater capture mode
  • rugged design withstands falls from up to 4 feet
  • electronic image stabilization to reduce camera shake
  • 2" LCD display
  • LCD Glare Shield feature helps you see in bright sunlight
  • 5-megapixel photos (16:9)
  • 1X optical zoom/4X digital zoom
  • share on Facebook and YouTube easily
  • records to optional SD or SDHC memory cards
  • HDMI output for connection to a compatible TV
  • buttons designed to be used while wearing gloves
  • 2-5/16"W x 4-1/2"H x 7/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lithium-ion rechargeable battery (KLIC-7004)
  • AC adapter
  • HDMI, USB and A/V cables
  • wrist strap
  • user guide
  • ARCSOFT MEDIA IMPRESSION software (PC only)
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Overview: The Kodak Zx3 PlaySport 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 2" LCD screen for recording and playing back your videos and still images. It is also waterproof, so you can shoot video underwater up to 10 feet.

File Format: The Zx3 PlaySport records video in H.264 (MOV) 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 (16:9) interpolated; for capturing high quality still images

Internal Memory: The camera features a built-in 128 MB internal memory. Approximately 20.3 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 Zx3 PlaySport 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 Zx3 PlaySport has a fixed focus 5.54mm, f/2.8 lens. The 35mm equivalent is 48mm for 1080p, and 36mm for 720p, WVGA, and still capture. The focusing range is 39.4" to infinity. The camera also has a 4x digital zoom.

Controls: You can control the Zx3 PlaySport using the round 5-way control and the 4 buttons on the back panel. The 5-way control lets you select the capture mode and zoom in and out. The buttons let you switch between recording and playback modes, delete videos/stills, and the 11-function menu (set time/date, TV Video Out (NTSC/PAL), LCD brightness, volume, microphone gain, underwater mode, LCD Glare Shield selection, Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), Face Detection, Format SD card, and camera info).

Glare Shield: The PlaySport 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 Saturation or B&W (Black & White), or Normal (no filter). These filters apply only to the display screen, not to the footage.

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

Playback Modes: During video playback, you can fast forward and fast rewind in 4 different speeds: 2x, 4x, 8x and 16x. You can also play in slow motion in either direction in 4 different speeds: 1/2x, 1/4x, 1/8x, and 1/16x.

HDMI and A/V Outputs: The Zx3 PlaySport 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 an non-HDTV using the supplied A/V cable with mono audio and composite video.

Optional Remote Control: The Zx3 PlaySport has an infrared eye near the lens for use with an optional remote control (item 738PVCR).

Power Requirements: The Zx3 PlaySport 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-7700 battery charger (sold separately).

Built-in Software: The camera comes with ArcSoft MediaImpression software built into the camera. The built-in software is compatible with Windows-based PCs only. When you first connect your camera to your PC, you can install the software by following the prompts. This software, once installed, allows you to:

  • edit, trim, splice, and enhance videos
  • add pictures and music to your videos
  • grab still images from video frames
  • add a voice-over to narrate your footage (when editing on a PC)

Mac Users: Video and pictures from the Zx3 PlaySport can be used with 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 XP/SP2, Vista, or Windows 7; Macintosh OS X 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 or higher
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher, Safari 1.1 or higher
  • Hardware:
    • Pentium 4, 2.8 GHz processor or greater
    • 1 GB 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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