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Kodak PlayTouch review

The Kodak PlayTouch brings 1080p recording and touchscreen controls to the mini-camcorder party

Our Verdict

For

  • Good features
  • Touchscreen controls
  • Easy to use

Against

  • Noisy video
  • Price

The PlayTouch might sound like a lewd product from a chemist, but it's actually Kodak's latest pocket camera.

The sleek black body houses just one button, which handles the recording. All the other options are located on the 3-inch touchscreen. This is the most expensive camera in our test (due to the touchscreen interface), but it packs in the features for your cash.

It offers 1080p recording, 5MP still photos and image stabilisation – which its predecessor lacked.

Like Sony with its Bloggie, Kodak has made a curious choice about the use of its display for viewfinding. the real estate offered is a measly post box-shaped rectangle in the middle, making it difficult to see what you're doing.

That said, the menu on the touchscreen is excellent, and the capacitive screen is responsive. Kodak should be applauded for putting every command within easy reach. You can set everything from output resolution to cheesy video effects, and are never left wondering how to change a setting quickly.

The Kodak also impressed us with the way it handled light, being quick to adjust itself when going from dark to bright. It also focused on faces – technology brought over from the compact camera range and used to good effect.

Footage was natural looking without any daft exposures, but with a warmth and realism that even the Toshiba couldn't produce.

Unfortunately, the picture was much noisier than it was on the Camileo P20 and the Flip MinoHD. The video seemed pixilated and lacking in smoothness, and we were less than impressed.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Flash Memory Capacity128 MB
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Number of Image Sensors1
HDMIYes
Recording MediaFlash Memory, Memory Card
Image StabilizationElectronic
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameKodak
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Recording FormatsFull HD
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone
Image Sensor Size1/3.2"
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Audio ChannelsMono
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution5 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines1080
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)to 44 mm
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height109.2 mm
Width58.4 mm
Depth15.2 mm
ColourBlack
Video SystemPAL
Image FormatsJPEG
Audio FormatsAAC
ManufacturerEastman Kodak Company
Product ModelPLAYTOUCH
Product NamePLAYTOUCH High Definition Digital Camcorder
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number1355692
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.kodak.com
Marketing Information

Go ahead. Touch it. You know you want to. Its unique touchscreen lets you glide through HD video like never before. That's the beauty of the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera. It puts the high-end features you want right at your fingertips. With on-screen editing, you can easily keep the moments you want and trim the ones you don't. And when you're ready to turn today's escapades into tomorrow's buzz, getting them online is easier than ever. Just press the Share button and your videos are automatically ready for the Web. With the KODAK PLAYTOUCH Video Camera, the power to be seen is as simple as touching a screen. The real KODAK MOMENT happens when you share.

Package Contents
  • PLAYTOUCH High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004
  • USB Cable and Adapter
  • HDMI and AV Cables
  • Premium Wrist Strap
  • Camera Pouch
  • User Guide
  • Software Media
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)99.2 g
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