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Kodak - Playsport High-Definition Camcorder with 2" Color LCD Monitor - Purple-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 34 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This video cam is superb for what it is made for

    Posted
    Iamskypilot
    • My Best Buy® Member

    First off you need to know what the camera is made for. If you are standing in the middle of a soccer field with bodies going in every direction while you are spinning around then buy a $2500 vid cam like your supposed to. This was made for portability so you can catch those unexpected moments. It does that amazingly well given good conditions. The 1080p Video quality on interviews I did in the deep woods was as good as it gets. In 1080p mode the video rate starts to show image slur when there is too much happening. This is something I expected and if you need 1080p capabilities in the middle of high speed action with constantly changing background you should buy the right camera for that. The sound suffered only when the subject speaking was not near the camera. This has a built in only mic that picks up every thing the person holding it says and anything a subject in close proximity says. After about 10 feet the audio levels start to drop off, built in mics should do that. If you need more than that buy a camera with a remote mic option. If I wanted to add anything to this camera it would be a remote mic. I have not purchased the remote yet but plan to. That is a great option for leaving the camera hidden in a corner while the kids open their xmas gifts... Now the price. $149 list for a full HD vid cam with good image quality is way way better than I ever expected. If the things you want a video camera for fall into the parameters above then this is a great option and I would recomend it to anybody. If you plan on shooting Video for the NFL then why are you looking at this? get real and move on!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Purse Sized, Waterproof Video Camera - LOVE IT!

    Posted
    ShaeDreams
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this camera before going to Hawaii and was SO glad I did! There were many to choose from, but I loved the waterproof feature and the fact that I could insert my own SD card for memory. The picture was perfect, LOVE the HD quality! The only complaint I have about this camer is how quickly the battery drains if you use it continusouly. So, just be careful - it works best in short stints rather than long recordings. One other thing to note, there is a setting to turn on "H2O" mode - you DONT need to turn this on each time you go near water. The camera itself is always waterproof. This setting is for when you're going to be under water - it makes the picture more clear. I made the mistake of turning this setting on each time we were near water, at the beach for example, and the picture came out looking funny because it adjusted to "under water" mode. I felt pretty stupid after coming to this realization, so thought I'd share my stupidity to help someone else. ;o)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fun to use!

    Posted
    Rylis

    I originally wanted a Flip Camcorder, but then I came across this little baby. It's so fun and easy to use! It's WATERPROOF! I've only tried the HD video and the quality of the recordings is amazing. I have no qualms about the mic, sound quality, the picture quality, quality of footage if there's too much movement.. I don't know why people are saying that the quality sucks. There's a bit of a zoom feature so that's still a plus. Transferring data from the Playsport to the computer is a breeze. Easy to charge too. Decent battery life. Also, the video editing software that comes along with it when you initially plug in your Playsport into a computer is very handy and easy to use. Video time will be dependent on the size of your memory card. I used a 4GB and it yielded 44minutes of HD video. So, I'd say, an 8 or 16GB memory card would be sufficient. If I had the moolah, I'd go for a 32GB (which is the max that you can use on a Playsport). Versus the Flip: In my opinion, Playsport WINS hands down. Why? They both can record in HD but the Playsport is waterproof and has a memory card slot. The Flip, does not. Also, the Playsport is less bulky compared to the Flip.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing waterproof camera/video camera!

    Posted
    Disneyna
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We purchased the purple Kodak PlaySport from Bestbuy.com in May for a Southern Caribbean cruise we were taking in early June. After reading some reviews about the short battery life we purchased a second battery for $19.99 and we are so glad we did! We also purchased (2) 16 gig SD memory cards. This camera takes great still shots with pretty good zoom as well. Keep in mind that night or low light shots will not turn out since this camera does not have a flash. We took it snorkeling in St. Thomas, Dominica, St. Lucia, and St. Maarten and got some amazing underwater video footage. We even took it zip lining. It's very easy to use and navigate. Tip: I would recommend purchasing the Olympus underwater strap if you plan on taking this in the water. It's bright orange and fits around your lower arm. You can throw the camera (with the strap) right into the water and it floats like a champ. We were so happy we bought this. You will love this camera!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    good cheap compact gadget!

    Posted
    ST36L7H1

    - This camera attracted me with its water proof features and HD video w/ HDMI out. - Picture quality is pretty good for what it is, clear and if theres a decent amount of light in the picture it will pick it up and show it on the screen properly.. compact design a big plus, 2in screen is decent, colors are pretty good. underwater picture is phenominal for such a small guy! - HD video is awesome, 720p at 60 fps showed best results. - Still images were good. not the best but decent for a compact design. now for the bad... it took me 3 exchanges till i found the best one, first camera it had about 3 stuck pixels on the screen, i returned that one and got another one with some serious banding/blotching on the screen, i knew there was a good one in the batch.. so the 3rd one was finally the one! perfect!! got it on sale for $100 on 01/12/11. cant beat that price.. now its time to get a serious HD videocamera, maybe a canon or something..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Affordable camera that is so handy!

    Posted
    pawsitive1

    I love this camera! I purchased this based on the great reviews from other buyers and I am not disappointed! I love the fact that it is durable (can be dropped from up to 4 ft - but I haven't tried that out). I also love the fact that it is waterproof. I want to be able to film times at the beach, lake and sprinkler and not worry about water being splashed on it. I am so impressed with the quality of the movies! They looked so clear when I watched them on my standard TV (my TV is not HD). I love how portable the camera is....it fits right in my purse or pack when I am walking my dog. It is so easy to use! It is easy to switch from taking a movie to taking a still picture. I am very glad I purchased this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING!!

    Posted
    jb616us
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    This video camera is amazing. The ease of use and the picture quality is top notch. It's perfect for all the small things you want to record. It's small enough to carry it in my purse, and just pop it out when I need to. I do have to say the images do tend to jump aound allot when your moving. But I don't know what camera wouldn't do that. I love the HDMI hook-up to your PC or TV. Allot of cameras don't offer that. I've taken a few videos underwater and the quality is very good. I love the sound of the water the camera picks up. Only issue I had was seeing the screen in the sunlight. But it's still a great buy!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No shots missed by having to adjust settings.

    Posted
    Tom987
    • My Best Buy® Member

    My wife is not into complicated electronics, or those that are somewhat bulky. This cancorder fits into her purse easily. She is never without it. It also takes great still pictures. All she has to do is point & click. A shot is never missed because of having to fiddle with settings. The pictures come out as good as or better than my dedicated digital camera. It is an easy upload to my computer, & from there I can print pictures, or put the pictures & videos on a DVD, which she can watch on the TV. I am considering getting another one for myself.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect video camera for snorkeling!

    Posted
    CourtScribe
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I read all the reviews and even checked out the video before I finally decided to buy the PlaySport. I had been wanting a little camcorder anyway, as well as something waterproof for snorkeling or on rainy travel days. The PlaySport surprised the heck out of me. The video is awesome, but even the digital stills are great. And I love that I can do both in the one camera. I took it on our cruise and had an absolute blast shooting video of all the snorkeling we did. I was always the last one back on the boat because I was having too much fun playing with my camera. And it was super easy to use even in the water if I wanted to switch back and forth between video or taking pictures. Very nice little camera. I'm glad I ended up picking this one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    best underwater camcorder on the market for $150

    Posted
    Stormico
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    If you camp, find yourself in water in the summer, and want to get some great looking video clips of your adventures I urge you to buy this cam. Not great for indoors, but that's why its called playsport... Get out and play! If you're in between this and a flip, find the YouTube video comparison and its an easy choice. I returned the flip (wedding gift) and got the playsport for half the cost AND I could watch the vids without feeling nauseous thanks to the playsports image stabilization that the flip is lacking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little camera!

    Posted
    Anonymous
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love this camera! It is easy to use, the video quality is very good, and the included software makes it easy to to organize all of your video clips onto a dvd with smooth transitions between clips. The fact that the camera is waterproof is the icing on the cake! On a recent trip to Disney World I was able to take video on some of the wetter rides, and even on the water slides, which was great! My battery did run out on one day of our trip, so I would recommend buying a spare battery.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera for Everyday Moments

    Posted
    BKOOL
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This camera is pretty cool. It is as small as my cell phone. Its very easy to use. Just point and shoot. The pictures is much better than my old mini dv camorder. It is HD so it should be. I can plug it directly into the computer. Instead of buying a whole new camcorder I just buy a new battery because the battery is totally removable. So this will last for years. I have not used the under water feature yet. But as soon as it warms up I will be checking that out. Looks like I can make movies with the software and I'd like to check that out too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for tropical vacations.

    Posted
    NeelySadie

    I bought this camera because my friend had it when we went to Jamaica, and it was so much fun to use. We had it in the pool all day, and didn't have to worry about it getting wet. Takes great underwater pictures. I took my camera to Aruba, and had it underwater in the Natural Pool, and it took awesome underwater pictures and video. I love that I don't have to worry about ruining this camera by getting it wet! I'm excited to see how it works snowboarding this winter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little camera!

    Posted
    BigGil

    I bought this camera primarily to video my golf swing. I've only had it a couple of weeks but I like it a lot. After just a few minutes with the instructions and a few additional minutes playing with the features, I was taking great HD video. Paging thru different modes or zooming in or out was a snap. I found that I can even use my old tripod. It just screws into the bottom and I'm all set. Haven't tried the underwater feature yet but I'll be traveling with it this summer and probably will.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the casual video recorder

    Posted
    eleanor37

    The product is simple to use, easy to upload images onto the computer. Simple to switch from video mode to still picture. This is for the casual photographer, not the professional. We like that it is small, and easy to carry. We have taken it snorkeling and kiaking. The main limitation is the zoom. I would like a stronger lens on the zoom, this sometimes proves to be a limitation. Also, it is not totally compatible with Windows, so that involves learning a new program. However, the Arc software is relatively easy to use. Uploading to emails & utubes a breeze.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sturdy, small camcorder for families and teens.

    Posted
    Loving2live
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    It's small, light, waterproof, sturdy, has decent video, good sound, and is easy to use. It's so quick to put on the computer and YouTube. It works best in good lighting/outside. Plus, it's easy to carry extra SD cards! It's so much better than our old camcorder with the mini-tapes. For the price, it's been great for getting my 1-year-old daughter's first steps - and withstanding her grabbing and dropping it! I keep it in my purse for those Kodak moments. My teen step-daughter loves hers as well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camera

    Posted
    MsOz
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I bought this camera as an auxilliary camera to my very large Sony 12 mp. I wanted something that I could keep in my purse and pull out whenever I wanted to shoot a picture or video. I won't say it will replace my "good" camera, but it definitely will come in handy at the beach and for picnics, etc. I like that it is also waterproof to 10 feet, which is an added plus!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    Posted
    Crose

    This is a very good camera for the money. I gave it to my daughter as a gift and it takes very good pictures. It's already been dropped a couple of times which I suspected it would be but it still is in good working condition despite the drops. Haven't tried it under water yet and can't wait to try it. Perfect camera for the money. Would buy another one in a heartbeat!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome compact video camera

    Posted
    Moonylady
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I love using this camera! It's super easy to use and the strap is a great tool. The one thing that's a bit annoying is that it seems to have a natural zoom so that you have to be further away from what you're recording in order to get it on camera. I haven't used it underwater yet, but will within the next week.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    neat

    Posted
    vvstar
    • My Best Buy® Member

    my daughter took this to a pool party and took videos under water! no problem. she would have like to have had a timer on the camera, but other than that she loves the camera. she has posted video to facebook without issue or asking me for help.

    I would recommend this to a friend