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Once upon a time, Kodak dominated the world of film. But although the company adopted digital technology early on, in the mid-1990s, other companies have taken the lead since then. With its range of pocket Internet cameras, Kodak is beginning to make a new name for itself. The Zi6 has proven fairly popular. Now the company has added waterproofing with its latest model, the Playsport Zx3, giving you added shooting opportunities.
The Playsport offers a familiar appearance, now that we’ve seen so many pocket Internet camcorders. Its form factor resembles a regular mobile phone, with the main controls on the rear and a 2in LCD above them. As with a number of recent pocket Internet camcorders, the Playsport incorporates a surprisingly large sensor considering its budget orientation. This is a 1/2.5in CMOS sensor with a healthy 5-megapixels, although the primary benefactor of the full pixel count will be digital photography, which can be performed at resolutions of 3,072 x 1,728 pixels.
Video can be recorded at 1080p Full HD, but there are also 720p and WVGA options as well. The latter uses a resolution of 848 x 480 to provide a widescreen version of VGA. All of these run at 30 frames/sec, but you can also record 720p at 60 frames/sec. Video is captured using H.264 compression and a QuickTime MOV format, at a data rate of just under 13Mbits/sec for the top quality setting, which is reasonable for a camcorder in this class. However, audio is only recorded using AAC LC compression in mono, so you won’t be able to capture a classical music recital in all its glory. Footage is captured to removable SD memory, with SDHC format cards supported, so there’s a 32GB limit on capacity. A card this size would be enough for 5.5 hours of footage at the top quality setting.
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