Kodak PlaySport Zx3


A pocket HD underwater camera from Kodak

Pocket cameras have never been my favorite. Why? It’s simple: due to the fact that they don’t offer too much, they cost a lot, and I’ve never even wanted to test one. Though, when I firstly heard about a waterproof camera from Kodak, I couldn’t believe my ears: a camera that would go underwater and still function? And most of all, a pocket camera that would film underwater HD at a 1080p resolution?

Water resistant

kodak-playsport-zx3-hdRight from that moment, I wanted to test the new Kodak Playsport Zx3 HD. So, now that it is in my hands, let’s play a bit with this camera. Therefore, follow up my review.

Basically, the first thing that I wanted to test was if Kodak Zx3 can really resist and record underwater. And it can, it really can. I placed the camera in a glass of water (0.5 l) and waited for 5 minutes. Any damage? None! The camera was still at 100 at life. However, don’t expect that this camera will be suitable for diving, as from what is written on the specs, it can bare a depth up to 10 feet.

As well, it is interesting to see that PlaySport Zx3 HD is covered up all in plastic. This thing gives it a high durability, and from what I’ve seen, it is resistant to shocks. However, from the exterior, the weak part seems to be the display, which I don’t know why, but gives the sensation of fragile.

Difficult ergonomics

As for the interface, Kodak Playsport Zx3 HD runs a simple interface, somehow like Toshiba’s Camileo S20. Though, there is one thing that I absolutely hate at this pocket camera: the 4-way D-pad. It’s by far one of the difficult to use 4-way pads I’ve ever seen. Basically, it’s way to sensible, therefore some users might have difficulties in selecting their desired option. Though, after a while, you get used to it, and you learn how to handle it properly.

Another thing that I really don’t like in the time of review is the fact that Kodak hasn’t placed text next to the menu buttons. Therefore, unless you learn the manual from scratch to scratch, you might have to “play” at least 4-5 hours to learn what is the role of every button and when to use it. As for my personal advice: read the manual!

Good quality of the movies

As for the image, Playsport Zx3 HD is really capable of filming at 1080p in HD mode. Although I didn’t expect that, the recorded videos are clear and obviously, of a good quality. However, compared to its predecessors, Zx3 hasn’t suffered to many improvements from this point of view, therefore nothing too impressive.

Review conclusions

As a conclusion of this review, Kodak Playsport Zx3 HD is the type of pocket camera that you can use it to shoot something without intending to go pro. Since it doesn’t have autofocus or a good zoom feature, I recommend this camera only to those that want to shoot some videos at the family picnics, and don’t want to spend more than $400 on a real semi professional camera.

Technical specifications

Sensor (in pixels)Sensor 1 / 2, 5, 5-megapixel CMOS
Video CaptureVideo recording Full HD (1920 x 1080)
ResolutionRecording to SD and SDHC up to 32GB
LCDLCD 2 “(5.08 cm)
Optical ZoomNo
Digital Zoom4 x
Image StabilizerDigital
Video InputsNo
DV in (IEEE1394, FireWire)No
DV out (IEEE1394, FireWire)No
Computer InterfaceUSB 2.0
Wireless functionNo
Compatible PlatformsWindows XP SP2, Vista, 7
Included AccessoriesKLIC-7004 lithium battery, charger, HDMI cable, AV cable, strap
Weight (grams)128
DimensionsHeight: 5.8 cm
Width: 11.25 cm
Depth: 1.95 cm
Other functionsWaterproof to 3 m