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Kodak - PlayTouch 1080p HD Camcorder with 3" Color LCD Touch-Screen Monitor - Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 68 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing 60fps HD Video from Kodak

    Posted
    HighTechjsw
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    The Kodak PlayTouch is a touch screen camcorder, that record on SD Cards. 8 Hours of full HD video can be recorded with a 32GB card! No Flip can even come close to that recording time, being they use internal Hard drive memory and not from a external & interchangeable SD Card! The two reviews I see here are simply nonsence. One reviewer I know works for Cisco the new owners of Flip. They like HP with color printers are very powerful and do not want to share in thier Digital Video Market dominance. Kodak has hurt their monopoly on these type of Video products, with the inclusion of the Zi8 into the market. While they have the biggest market share, as people learn that the Kodak are in general much better this is and will continue to change. Using a cheap tripod, 720p 60fps mode in good sunlight , HD Video taken with the new Kodak PlayTouch simply b l o w s AWAY anything I have seen yet from a Flip product. (this does include their Ultra model) (I also happen to know some people don't even know how to change the settings to the 60pfs mode!) Try it in a Best Buy store for YOURSELF, go to settings (it defaults to only 30 when u just hit record ) and choose 720p 60fps and then tell me a Flip can record video like that!! The 1080p mode is decent and meant for a large 40-60 inch HDTV and is quite impressive but the 720p 60 mode meant for Apple's QuickTime Player for playback on your computer is much more impressive! can record video like that!! None of these low price mini video products are even 'close' to perfect any anything, but then a Pro 1080p Sony CineAlta is just over $95k! (used to record motion pictures in HD for BluRay) Trust me and try one for yourself, then run and pick one up for yourself or a amazing gift for the holiday!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good Design, Poor Manufacturing

    Posted
    PcW76
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Kodak's Zi10 (or known as 'PlayTouch') is a good design and concept. It has everything the older Zi8 does with added features such as editing on camera and a touch screen. However, the model's build quality is the worst I've seen in similar pocket cameras from a major brand. The video quality is pretty good for what it is. You can't expect a pocket camera to have the same quality as a professional camcorder or even modern DSLRs, but the size is so perfect for just walking down the street to record a vacation on a budget or wherever large camcorders can't go. Retrieving the videos are pretty easy and can be viewed on display. Editing is pretty easy and straight forward (although you might need to play with it to learn how to use it if you've never edited videos before). The camera even makes it easy to extract a single frame of a video to a still photo. The white balance is automatic and there's no way to adjust it. Some lights will appear to be green while others are fine. I remember the Zi8 having this same problem, but not to the same degree. The Zi10, like all other pocket cameras on the market that record HD video (and some that record SD video) use CMOS imagers. These sensors allow low energy consumption and slightly higher quality video. Sadly, CMOS sensors are plagued with rolling shutter. For the Zi10, it does appear, but it is barely noticeable compared to a mobile phone camera and the lower resolutions have noticeably less skew. Because I record mainly VGA quality video, this isn't much of an issue. In 1080p, it is very noticeable. I got to be honest with you, touch screens are really overrated. I would much rather have a actual control than the touch screen. Maybe it's me, but I haven't had luck with touch screen cameras and phones. It isn't very responsive to touch, so while recording or to view images/videos, using the features are difficult. The build quality and materials used to manufacture this camera are about as cheap as they come. Doesn't hold up to normal wear and tear at all. I would expect something to 'stay new' for a little while, but using the included pouch doesn't keep the case and the screen from being damaged if it's in your pocket. The idea of having a pocket camera is so it can be carried in the pocket, but it will not hold up to minor bumps while it dances around in one's pocket. The firmware needs a update badly and the camera will not charge if you plug it in directly after the camera turns off by itself, seemingly for no reason. The camera will not tell you the battery is low and while battery life is decent, it sometimes inconsistent. Hopefully you'll find camera that is fully featured as this one from another brand, but it's doubtful. This camera really does have it all and the price is attractive, but not if you are requesting warranty service after only two weeks into the ownership. One must treat this unit like an egg.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Applying the Tech Without the Emotion

    Posted
    EngiTech

    This isn't a Flip HD versus Kodak PlayTouch, or Zi8 fan boy review. Here are the pros and cons applied: The Flips I own all record mono audio good for directional recording in very loud places. However, Flips lack a handy mic-audio input. While the Zi8 recorded in stereo, it's not good for loud environments. The PlayTouch offers good directional mono recording as well as a mic input. Obviously, the Flip HD Ultra quality is good for 720p which fills up the internal storage. The PlayTouch records in several formats including 720p @ 60 frames per second which is very smooth, plus 1080p. The 1080p can only be viewed on 1080p capable devices like a computer monitor or 1080p HDTV. The internal storage of the Flip HD Ultra fills up quickly which can be a hassle when I need it for extended periods. The Kodak PlayTouch uses memory cards up to 32GB. My 16GB memory card allows a little over 2 hours recording time at 720p/60fps. ISO and image quality is very similar in low lighting situations. However, pairing either up with a video light helps immensely. The PlayTouch records better when coupled with a decent light source. The software for either is a moot point. While the touch screen is nice and quick, most pro folks will find themselves having to edit and format none the less. Home users probably won't notice any difference. But, having a Youtube compatible format straight from the PlayTouch is a big consumer bonus. Now, the truth behind the prices. I bought my Flip UltraHD at a big discount, otherwise I would not have spent the money to assemble the kit I needed because it has so few "UltraHD" features. The PlayTouch was cheaper to assemble and has better video features. Flip UltraHD = super easy, very low maintenance, typically $250. PlayTouch = easy to operate, low maintenance, expandable, A/V ports, under $200.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Like the camera

    Posted
    Dags
    • My Best Buy® Member

    recieved the camera not to long ago--the first one I got was damaged, I ended up calling up Best buy and they sent me one right away--recieved it with in 2 days--sent back the other one. Had a little trouble setting up the stuff on the computer--called up the C/S line and they were very very helpful setting it up for me. Still have not had a chance to edit my video's and play around with it, but I love the fact that you can edit and cut and paste, add music, and put in comments and set up your own little video. Used it for my sons play--it looks so far away in the camera but when you get home and download the video it's very up close--you have to tap the zoom in button--if you hold on to it, it will get really close so fast. I can tell you this, my arm got tired holding this little thing up for a half hour. I highly recommend buying at 32GB card--I have a 4gb card and if you keep it in WPL you get 2 hours--if you switch it to a HD 1080 you only get 30 min of record time--which is understandable. We are going on a cruise soon and very excited to use it when we go, just have to remember to bring the computer so we can down load the video's for more space--Can't wait to figure out how to make movies with it, just need to find the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    not bad for the price

    Posted
    MaryAnne
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member
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    I purchased this camcorder today, it is a replacement for a Flip Camcorder, which I have been using for years, but it is not taking still pictures, and works with an internal memory only. The Kodak PlayTouch works with SD Cards (up to 32GB), takes videos (WVGA up to HD) and still pictures (5 MP), charges quickly through USB or AC, and is fairly easy to get used to. I don't know yet how long the rechargeable battery pack will last, but at least it doesn't take long to recharge it. I successfully installed the share button software, and emailed myself a small test video, which worked great. The ArcSoft MediaImpression software is NOT compatible with Windows 7 64-bit, you will keep getting an error message. So I gave up on that and will use my own photo software. The Kodak PlayTouch is currently on sale for $99, which made my decision to give it a try easier. Other retailers in the area ask for up to $ 159, I would not have spent that much. It is not a camcorder that takes professional quality videos, but for the everyday quick video/photo it is a good buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Convenient on the go camera

    Posted
    Diocletian

    Overall, I was happy with the camera as I bought it last minute to have something handy with me that I could easily put in my pocket. It did it's job in capturing the memory and the moment. There are a few things that I didn't like about it. First, the touch screen is inconvenient for zoom and physical buttons to do this would be an upgrade as it's difficult to operate the recorder and zoom at the same time. Secondly, it froze up on me twice for no apparent reason. The display still showed that I had a 1/3 full charge, but upon freezing up, no function, not even the power button worked and I had to let it run out of power and then fully recharge it to bring it back to life. Thirdly, the touch screen is far off in terms of where you have to press to select a function. As an example, often times I had to press nearly and inch away from the function I wanted for the touch screen to work. Again, it's a handy device and I'm glad I had it along with me on my vacation, but I'm not sure how long it will last considering the problems I had with it on only it's first time out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good with many features compared to others

    Posted
    jcs45
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I purchased this handheld camera before christmas 2010 in order to take video of my grandchildren. The video I took came out very good quality when watching with unit and connecting to hdtv. The video even looked pretty decent in low lighting conditions. The features of zoom capability, filter use for outdoors, and when watching the video you turn the camera sideways and the video looks even better. Also I am using a 8 gb sd card which gives me approximately 2 hrs recording in normal mode and about a hour in 1080 mode. This camera even includes a hdmi cable to connect to your tv. The only marginal aspect of the camera is external sound in the camera but when connecting to other sources the sound is much better. I like the option of a sd card for which you can use with your computer with software. I recommend this camera for everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for its intended purpose

    Posted
    ReviewfromWI
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I purchased the Kodak Touch to help me learn sign language. I want to record myself and then play back on the tv so I can review where I am having trouble with the signs. I also want to be able to keep it in my backpack for school use or record my classmates signing and help them with feedback. When I watch the video on the device I can hear the internal sound, but because of my intended purpose, sound is not an issue. For me, this is a cheap buy for helping with learning sign language. I also purchased the remote and tripod and those are handy accessories. If on sale, I would recommend to my other ASL classmates. I would highly recommend purchasing a camcorder if you want to record your children's play or other events that you want to treasure. The Kodak Touch is perfect for simple recordings and for kids to play around with. There is no flash/light so you have to rely on what is already lit.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not a good camcorder if you want REAL HD

    Posted
    motherwolf

    This was the only camcorder that we could get in our price range (175-200 dollar)that used a memory card so that we could record for more than 1 hour if need be.Because we were going to be at a rare family reunion.And we didn't want to worry about not being near our computer to upload before we could record again.Reunion was in AL,we live in NC.And we could recharge this with a car charger! But now that I've had it for a week and have recorded more than 20 videos and about 10 pictures,I feel I can rate it with honesty.The picture quality should be called HD,it's more like LD.And no real close ups to speak off,b/c it gets even blurrier.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Small and compact

    Posted
    SayCheesey

    Small and easy to use. Bought for my 11 yr old son because he loves to make all kinds of videos. The view screen is smaller than I thought it would be. I purchased it online and hadn't actually seen it before hand. Stil, it's a great little video/camera for him. Battery seems to last a good while and the screen sensitivity is good. I don't feel it's worth the price of 179.00 which is what paid for it, 120.00 (as a reugular price) thous be a more fair price but it is a touch screen and pretty durable. It doesn't have a light but it does great in low light. The still pictures look great even for a 5mp. Not sure how the quick upload works though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far, so good.

    Posted
    MrYakov

    I don't have many complaints about this camera EXCEPT there is no way to pause in the middle of a recording. You can only record, or press stop which is very annoying. You end up with lots of short videos since you cannot stop in the middle of something and then continue. The camera is easy to use overall and it does come with the HDMI cable which is a major plus. Most of the competition doesn't come with the cable in the box. The touch screen is very responsive and I haven't had any issues with it so far.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Sadly Disappointing

    Posted
    lcxfishe

    This is my first video camera. I spent over a year talking myself into the purchase. Yes, it's small and relatively easy to use. I took a sample clip outside on a bright day at various resolutions, and all videos came out fine. Inside videos are another matter. I took numerous clips of some high school wrestling matches inside a lighted gym, at various resolutions. All were somewhat blurry. Still photos taken from the videos were useless. Playback has been on my HD monitor. According to the manual, use one resolution for action shots like sports, another for playback on a computer, another for high-def. As I said, all were somewhat out of focus. If any of you remember the old Kodak 110 pocket cameras and how grainy the pictures were, you'll know what I get with indoor videos.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Adore it!

    Posted
    12COPYTHAT

    I'd recommend this product to whomever will listen. The product is light in weight and a breeze to use. Initially, setting the time was a real effort. Setting the date was less of an effort. The screen with the options scroll by quickly. You have to apply less pressure when you touch the lcd screen. And if you are not careful while scrolling via your finger you can hit and accept an option in error. For example: language selection. Some how I went from English to Italian and it took me awhile to find my way to where the language option is available. It is easy to use and you have to read what is on the screen. I have not emptied my media card nor my internal memory. I'm new at this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great pocket digital camcorder

    Posted
    Myquirk
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    I needed an inexpensive, good quality digital camcorder in order to record the sermons at my church so I could post them to YouTube. This one certainly gets the job done. It's small, EXTREMELY easy to use, and has long battery life. Also, unlike some other brands and models, there is no limit to how long a recording can be. The video quality is great, especially in the HD modes. There is even a 60fps mode! My only complaint is that the sound recording is rather noisy. You can adjust the microphone gain, but I've started to record a separate audio track for my videos. To be clear, this isn't an issue for recording birthdays or family vacations, but for my purposes it's not so good.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice compact camera, but lacking a bit

    Posted
    CocomoJoe
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    This is a nice compact camera that is easy to throw in a purse or backpack so you're ready for those moments when you wish you had a camera. The touch screen is very easy to use. 2 negatives I've found are: 1) No flash and 2) its difficult to determine if you're in camera mode or video mode. 1) I'm surprised this camera doesn't have a flash since even the most basic cell phone cameras have flashes. Its basically useless at night. 2) There is an icon to switch between camera and video, but its not very intuitive as we are constantly videoing when we mean to take a picture.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent picture quality

    Posted
    ditto57
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I just got this for Christmas and honestly have not used it too many times yet. What I have found so far is that it has excellent hd video in a well lit room. My house is pretty dark, so it is a little dark in my house. The sound quality is not great. I have just ordered the external microphone, so I will see how that does. I am thinking about ordering a video light off of amazon that is not expensive and has a base to put the light and the camera on. Overall, for a pocket video camera, it is a really good camera. I have no problems loading or viewing the videos.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Horrible picture and video quality

    Posted
    lgough
    • My Best Buy® Member

    We bought this camera hoping that it would be convenient since it is a digital camera and camcorder in one. Pictures and video appear blurry and "grainy" on the actual camera. We thought it would have better clarity once uploaded onto the computer but it did not. Several times, during use, it froze and we had to take out the battery to get it to turn off. So, we have poor quality pictures and video from the holidays and missed precious recording moments due to it freezing. The only good thing about this camera is its compact size and touch-screen capabilities.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not what you expect

    Posted
    Glowstick

    Where do I start? The videos upload easy but if you need to edit them like a movie then good luck. Kodak has the most difficult shareing software I ever seen. Also all the videos that were shot in 1080p would only playback in 720p, youtube or the TV. The 5mp still images that the PlayTouch took were kinda dark and had a yellow tint to it. The only thing I liked about the camera before it was returned to the store for a refund, was the 3" display and the fact that it come with a charger and hdmi cables. Im going back to my Flip Ultra HD

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great vacation camera

    Posted
    Wanjiru
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver Member

    Great camera to take on vacation--small, light, and it takes photos and video. It's fun passing it around to remember the fun things we did that day. It's more sleek and a lot less clunky than the Flip. I had an 8GB memory card and had plenty of space for a weeklong vacation. No concerns about battery life because I charged it every night. I dread downloading the vacation footage, though. The last time I downloaded more than 2 hours of video, it look a ghastly amount of time. Other than that, I think it's a great buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good for the price

    Posted
    Dlux408
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The unit was nice. It was sleek and the touch screen made navigation very easy. The Headphone/ A/V plug was a nice touch to listen to my audio while playback and during recording. For the sale price, it was a great deal. Unfortunately, I returned the unit because it froze up on me 3 times in one day while using it at a party. I returned it and decided to step up to a better camcorder, Canon. It's not as portable as the PlayTouch, but you do get a lot for what you pay for this unit.

    I would recommend this to a friend