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Kodak Playfull ZE2 review

A low-risk option for water-based stills or video

Our Verdict

For

  • Easy to use, even with gloves
  • Affordable watersports camera

Against

  • 1MP still images lack detail
  • Digital zoom degrades image

Shooting stills or video footage doesn't get any easier than using the Kodak Playfull as just about everything is fully automated. You just press the large record button, which falls conveniently under your thumb when the camera is held upright like a mobile phone, and you're off.

Although images can't be uploaded while you're out and about, the Share button tags images (via email, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Kodak Gallery and so on) so when the camera is next connected to the computer they are shared. The options are inputted via the computer when the camera is first set up, so it's all very straightforward.

The camera comes with an in-built USB cable concealed within a secret section and the computer software is stored on the camera, so it all installs automatically when connected.

Its price and waterproof credentials (down to 3m) mean the Playfull is designed for shooting video and stills where you wouldn't want to take a serious camera, but at 1MP the images are only suitable for viewing on the computer.

The 1280x720 pixel video footage is only reasonable for a camera of this type and price, but the sound quality is impressive. With no flash, this isn't the camera to take on nights out and to parties. But images taken in good light are acceptable, with decent colour.

However, light smudging of complex patterns and details is noticeable even at normal viewing sizes, and we recommend leaving the digital zoom control alone.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Flash Memory Capacity18 MB
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
TouchscreenNo
Number of Image Sensors1
Effective Image Resolution1 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Product FamilyPLAYFULL
Recording MediaFlash Memory, Memory Card
Image StabilizationNo
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameKodak
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Recording FormatsHD
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker
Image Sensor Size1/4"
Maximum Frame Rate30 fps
Battery Built-inYes
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedNo
Audio ChannelsMono
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Maximum Video Lines720
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)31 mm
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card
Height94 mm
Width55.9 mm
Depth12.7 mm
ColourWhite
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product ModelZe2
Product NamePLAYFULL Ze2 High Definition Digital Camcorder
Product LinePLAYFULL
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number8203713
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

It's all-amazing, for one and all. With the KODAK PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera, everyone can get 720p HD video in a small, affordable package. Pop it in a pocket or purse so it's ready whenever you need it. And the PLAYFULL Waterproof Video Camera can get wet or take a tumble and still come back for more. When the fun is done, the Share button and pop-out USB arm make it seriously simple to e-mail videos directly to friends or upload to your favorite sharing sites. It's the everyday HD video camera that you'l l never go anywhere without.

Display Resolution112300 Pixel
Weight (Approximate)85 g