On the fourth day of getting ready, I used and abused my Kodak Playsport Zx5 because, c’mon – how else am I going to know if it going to stand up to the epic adventure?
If you ask anyone who knows my love of action photography and camera equipment, they can probably tell you I have a new camera every time I have the opportunity. I’m pretty much the super product tester (and therefore crasher, breaker, and destroyer) of all things electronic and software based, so cameras just don’t last.
About 2 years ago I started my search for the indestructible waterproof, freeze proof, shock proof, and able to deflect a speeding bullet camera. I quickly found out that there was maybe 3 cameras that fell into that category, and I bought one. And it… “lasted”. It still “works”. But the picture and video quality… ugh.
Then I stumbled across the Kodak Playsport. Now, generally I’m not a fan of Kodak cameras since they always get the reputation of being the cheap and easily broken, but I figured that since my previous “indestructible” camera had cost close to $300, the $109 Playsport was worth a shot. Worse case I’d buy 3, right? 😉
Well, almost 4 months into owning the Playsport and it’s just amazing. I’m blown away by the video quality and it’s durability. So far it’s survived being dropped in mud puddles, buried in snow, lots of water, being dropped on pavement, a large dog, and well… my purse (it’s a hostile territory). To add to the awesome features, the Playsport is about the size of a cell phone and kind of looks like one too (think of the old candy-bar styles phones), so it’s easy to bring it wherever you go. Oh, and fast re-charging internal battery and internal microphone. And it starts up almost instantly with no little graphic show or fanfare. Gah… I think I’m in love with this thing. (In my real life, I’m a nerd at a software company. Please ignore my nerdy outbursts.)
Just to give you an idea of video quality, I’ve included a video below of my husky’s first experience with snow (he’s a southern rescue, so this is his first winter).
Basically, video quality is epic for a little handheld device. I can’t wait to get this thing on the slopes.
As for picture quality, with adequate light – it’s great. The Playsport doesn’t include a flash, so you’re on your own for lighting. Not exactly a bad thing since on-camera flash never seems to do most photography subjects any favors.
As for where to get one, I’m not sure where to find them locally. I got mine through Amazon. Some of the big box stores seem to carry it as well.
Expect to see LOTS more videos from the Playsport this season!
Up tomorrow: SmartWool Galore (as in I can’t choose just one thing)