Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera – Bought it for the 1080p and microphone jack

-east to download movies/photos to your pc. Cons:-video quality not so great in low light. -poor photos images quality.

Kodak has been through some rough times the past 5-10 years or so, so i didn’t have high hopes for kodak products. I bought this hoping to take some amateur videos. Definitely a great little touch device. Recording is smooth, and there is a lot of options. Well a lot of the software is no longer working for the pc, the software on the device is also somewhat laggy and it seems like the predecessor to this device took better videos. In the end i gave this a 4/5 despite the cons, because for the right price this did exactly what i needed it too. I didn’t care about the no longer functioning software, because i wasn’t interested in instantly uploading it. I didn’t care about the laggyness, because it didn’t hold the device back or cause reboots.

It silently recorded my girl friend kissing me. Here are the specifications for the Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera:

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  • One-button upload to popular sharing sites plus e-mail
  • 3.0 in. capacitive touchscreen LCD
  • Full 1080p HD video and 5 MP HD still pictures
  • On-camera editing
  • LCD Glare Shield

The touch screen is the best feature that i love about this little camera. It’s so easy to use and is the same type of interface as smart phones. In addition, this little camera takes crystal clear pics and videos, and is easy to transfer pics and vids to computer.

I wanted to tell you that this camera works 100% good like the other one i had that was broken. The good thing is that were able to trade the broken one back to amazon and got our money back then got this new one. It’s nice to have the new one.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Bought it for the 1080p and microphone jack
  • Tops for internet marketing
  • Step up from Kodak Zi8

I purchased a refurbished playtouch pocket video camera. It was upgraded with all the latest firmware. I’ve been very pleased with this little camera. I’ve been surprised and pleased that i can seen the screen outside in bright sun. Video quality is excellent for this type of camera. You have to remember, this is a pocket video camera. I had purchased the samsung pocket camera, but returned it because of the controls. I love the touch screen on the kodak playtouch. Only had the camera for just over a month and no buyers remorse at this time.

I have not used any other pocket digital camcorders so i have no direct experience to compare this to but i am pretty satisfied with this camera, especially for the price i paid on amazon for a brand new sealed box product. Of course the more light the better the picture. The one complaint i had was the back cover squeaking that the customer service folks at kodak seemed to know nothing about. This was extremely annoying because the squeak was picked up by the microphone and very audible during playback. It was almost impossible to handle the camera without generating the squeaking noise. After some research on the web i found this to be a common problem and easily correctable by pushing down on the two metal clips above the battery with the point of a pen. In daylight the hd picture is excellent and it’s a breeze to post to facebook, youtube, etc. It was not intended to replace a full size regular camcorder although i can see myself reaching for this more often than not. Update: it’s no wonder the kodak company is in trouble.

I bought the kodak playtouch as although i love my flip, it has a frustrating file format and a very limited zoom function. The playtouch is lightweight, quite thin and the controls are reasonably intuitive. I have run into issues with the zoom being klunky, which is disappointing, hence 4 stars, but the image quality is great and some of the options (sepia, monochrome and other effects i haven’t really explored yet) make it more interesting and offer choices not available on the flip. Easy to download files to a laptop or pc, which adds to its usefulness. The touch screen is not always fully responsive when filming, replaying images or video can be a bit hit and miss and it seems a little fragile. I’d recommend keeping it in a sturdy casetaking all the issues mentioned into account, i’m pretty happy with this device so far.

I purchased the kodak playtouch for video blogging and shooting impromptu interviews and training videos. I had been considering a flip minohd until they announced the company was to be shuttered. I was very happy to find a recognized name brand that had a similar sized handheld with full 1080p hd (versus the minohd’s 720p) and an external microphone jack (which the flips didn’t have). I got an exceptional price on it through amazon. Unfortunately that’s where most of the good news ends. The first unit was returned because of sound recording quality. The only way i can describe it is if you’re old enough to remember the reel-to-reel movie projectors they used in school – back in the analog days – that made the click-click-clicking noise when it played. It sounded just like that when played back on the unit, on the computer via the sdhc reader, or my hd lcd tv through the mini hdmi cable. I did call kodak support (who were well, supportive) and they walked me through the troubleshooting steps. I had already updated the firmware (thanks to another review of the unit here on amazon. Com) and there wasn’t much we could do other than return it. I must say that amazon was superb in the return/replacement turnaround and i had my second unit the next day by 3pm. The sound quality on the second unit is better (although i think the video output on first unit was better) and still not what i would consider good. That being said, if you use an external mic, which i did purchase along with a remote control, the sound is outstanding.

I bought this camera because it has a mic input and i wanted to make music videos with the sound coming right off of my mixer. I found that the camera could’t handle the signal from the mixer and would distort at even low volumes. As far as value goes, for a comparable camera, the flip slide hd comes with 16 gb built in and this kodak comes with only 128 mb built in, which means you can take all of 20 seconds of video with the internal memory vs. 4 hours with the flip slide. So only get this if you want the internal mic capability and be prepared to spend another $30 for a memory card.

This camera totally met my expectations. Video is crisp, sound is good with the built in microphone jack, and it’s ultra to upload. My only complaint is the touch screen can be finicky when reviewing video clips.

I’m very pleased with my new camera. Picture quality is very good, even in low light situations. The battery life leaves a little to be desired and it doesn’t come with a memory card (separate purchase), but altogether, i think think this has been a great choice. I’m new to video, and i think it will last me quite a while with the kind of stuff i need to do.

Unable to see yourself, which makes it hard to tell if you’re footage for self cam is coming out well. But excellent for small videos and good quality for its time.

Picture quality will certainly not match a professional camera or what you see on commercialy produced video but it does provide a clean, sharp picture with good color accuracy. The size is a big advantage as it will fit easily into a pocket and can be taken just about anywhere. Basis operation is very easy once you figure out the set-up. Touch screen is little oversensitive at time and can be frustrating but once you get used to it using the features is a breeze. Sound quality is a drawback from the internal mike, i am planning to purchase an external mike with the hopes of improving this aspect of operation. Comes with an owners manual that is okay, not great. Charger cable (i recommend a spare battery and separate charger) and cables to connect it to a tv and/or computer. I am not excited about the design of the swing out usb arm which seems prone to damage and may be purchasing a usb connector cable as well. Overall for the money, a very good value. If you want proffessional looking video spend more money but for handy memories this product works well.

The camera was as described. It is small enough to fit in your pocket. It is light weight and easy to use. (the teal color is pretty too. ) the screen is large enough to see clearly.

It produces very good quality images and has a mic input. In fact, i’ve used footage shot with this camera in a documentary. Of course, i had to transcode from mpeg to quicktime, but it’s what i do.

With the black one on sale for the hundred buck range right now, it’s an excellent value. Be sure when you get it home that you go to kodak’s website and download the latest firmware. It’s a 2 step process in that you have to upgrade it to a midlevel firmware update and then update the update. It is not possible to go to current firmware from the stock shipping firmware without the intermediate step. So when you’re looking on the kodak site, be sure you get the one that says ‘below’ a certain number and the one that says it’s for ‘above’ a certain number. The camera touch interface is a little flaky but workable. I’ve had to turn the camera off and back on sometimes in order to get it to respond again. If the zi8 had been a hundred bucks, i probably would have chosen it instead. I also ordered an external lav microphone for it as well as a couple 16gb sdhc cards, extra batteries and an external charger. All in all, i spent way less than i did for the panasonic hd camcorder it replaced.

This is essentially a video camera for dummies which, as a novice, is exactly what i wanted. It works as described and was relatively easy to set up (thank god). I knew zilch about how to do so just couple weeks ago, yet now i’m able to upload quality videos to youtube — and, using just a couple of $10 clip-on lights, the playtouch allows me to even do my filming at night. Very happy with this purchase.

For some reason i spent more time reading reviews for a product at this price point than i usually would and, as a result, ended up making what i feel is a pretty good purchase decision. As some have pointed out, the big negatives for me on this camera is the on-device playback capability and lack of internal memory. The playback feature is overcome easily enough by connecting it to a tv with the included cable or to the computer to transfer the video (which is a really smooth feature with the included software). The memory is issue is overcome by adding an sd card but you just need to factor the price of that in along with your camera when considering clicking the buy button. Overall, i’d suggest the product and am happy with it as my first ‘flip video’ type device.

First- please let me tell you that this product does not replace your video camcorder. Why?pros:product performance is good- picture quality & ease of use. Downloading onto pc is easy. Cons:even though it has digital stabilization feature, unlike video camcorders, the picture shakes quite a bit if you move and shoot. Operates ideally if you are taking a still shot. I suspect the future versions will rectify this problem.

I already have a kodak playtouch just like this one i sent to our daughter in europe. I love mine except that occasionally, if i forget to turn it off, it freezes completely. I mean, you can’t do anything with it except to wait until the battery is exhausted and then you can recharge it and go on.

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Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera (Orange)
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