Kodak Play Sport Video Camera Review

Kodak PlaySport Video Camera

Kodak Play Sport Video Camera
Kodak Play Sport Video Camera | Source

About the Kodak PlaySport Video Camera

The Kodak PlaySport is a very compact, yet powerful video recorder and camera. Although the quality is not up to par with professional equipment, this little video camera is easy to carry, simple to use and there are some really nice features.

The PlaySport is recommended for casual adventures where the goal is to have fun as well as capture friends and family activities for scrap books or YouTube. It is not recommended for wedding videography, indoor activities or low light situations. There is a reason it is named a PlaySport.

Teenagers and young adults are the perfect market for a PlaySport. Parents will love it because it is so lightweight and small that they can pull it out of a bag quickly and push two buttons to start a video of their active children. The video camera is perfect for the beach too.

Kodak PlaySport Demo Video

Photo Quality

Fully zoomed 5 MB photo with the Kodak PlaySport
Fully zoomed 5 MB photo with the Kodak PlaySport | Source
Two foot distance shot for detail with the Play Sport
Two foot distance shot for detail with the Play Sport | Source

Features of the Kodak PlaySport

Kodak packs an amazing amount of video and camera features into its 4x2x.5 inch size.

  • Weight of the PlaySport is only four and a half ounces
  • It's about the size of a cell phone and will fit in most cell phone cases
  • Turn it on and start taking videos with only one button
  • Can be set for video capture or camera only
  • Long battery life - about four and a half hours
  • Can be charged with the separate battery charger (included) or charged via the USB to computer cord (included)
  • Front textured grip makes it easy to hold and slip resistant
  • Five video effects for recording more interesting videos
  • It's water resistant to three meters (9.8 feet) with an underwater video correction setting to correct for distortion
  • 4x Digital zoom lens
  • Shock resistant to 5.5 feet or so
  • Dust resistant
  • Full 1080p HD video quality touted, but you need to be a good videographer to get that
  • SD slot for memory card up to 32GB
  • Two inch LCD viewing screen with a setting available for anti-glare
  • Auto focus lens
  • Standard tripod mounting hole on the bottom
  • Share settings - with a separate card
  • Handy wrist strap and well written, easy to follow user guide

Kodak PlaySport Video Editing Software

The first time your PlaySport is hooked up to your computer via the USB to camera cable, the Arc-Soft Media Impressions video editing software will automatically download to your computer.You must follow the prompts presented to successfully install the software, but it is easy and simple to do.

Familiarize yourself with the software by watching the Kodak Playsport 'How-To' Editing video in this hub. The software is easy to use and has most of the features of all video editing software like Window's Live (free) or CyberLink Power Director (about $50.00) or Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 (about $90.00).

Video editing software makes your videos look, feel and sound like professional videos. The Arc-Soft editor will make your videos lively and fun. It also provides a great conversion function to allow uploads to YouTube, FaceBook, and saving your video to your personal computer in a finished format.

The software is embedded into the Kodak PlaySport and will download to any computer you hook it up to. This makes it easy to use while on the go. With a few clicks of a mouse, you will be producing cool videos for your friends and family. Don't forget the funny pet videos!

Kodak Playsport 'How-To' Editing Video

Recommend This Camcorder - Based on the Review, How Many Stars Does it Rate?

5 out of 5 stars from 2 ratings of Kodak PlaySport Video Camera

© 2012 Austinstar

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Comments - Do you do video? 12 comments

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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Now you're just toying with me aren't you? Camera envy is a thing you know~ Looks awesome---I just seriously need to win the lottery!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

Well, at least the PlaySport is cheap!


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

There you go--there is always an excuse for more camera "stuff" right??? But Bob--I have to have it!!! Especially now that there is a grandchild on the way...hmmm....that may work!

Do you know if the video problem is fixed yet? I haven't had a chance to go try again for the millionth time--later today will try again.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

No one sent me an email. I give up on uploading to HP. I'll do through YouTube. I know that it is strongly encouraged in the AP program, but if they don't fix the problems with it, I won't use it again.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Yep--kinda makes ya crazy trying so hard to not have it work~ I'll probably end up doing the same--I haven't received an email yet either so will probably give it to this afternoon and bag it and go to Youtube.


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smga22 3 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

Lots of good information in this article. Voted uP!


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Metal Detectorist 3 years ago

The Kodak Playsport looks like a brilliant little camera. Thanks for laying out its pros and cons so clearly.


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

I hope I get a contest win from this! I'll be trying all month though. Thanks to all for stopping by.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The girls might like one of those! How cool is that? I've got a thing for cameras and picture taking you know?

How's the gout? Ima cut your toe off if it hurts in Mexico:) lol


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

So far, so good today (knocking on wood). This last attack only lasted four days but it was a doozy. I ordered a rolling chair to take to Mexico, but it's just too big and bulky. I can rent a scooter while there for $200, but it's the same problem, too big and bulky for practical use. I'm just going to have to find a place to sit often and take things very slowly.

I'll stay in the water a lot. I'm a dolphin in the water :-)

I've committed to having a deck built for my pool! They are starting Monday and I'm getting a hot tub for it in January I hope. Man, I need a hot tub so bad for all my aches and pains.


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viveresperando 3 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

Nice review! I am looking for a camera to do pictures and videos for a blog so found this extremely helpful. :)


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe Author

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