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Nicholas Carey
01-07-2010, 02:45 AM
Kodak has announced what seems like an essential piece of kit for the wired sailor (JCSOH...are you listening?):



Rugged KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera
Captures Adventures in HD Even Underwater
Kodak engages consumers online to find new name "PLAYSPORT"

Rochester, NY, January 7, 2010 - Eastman Kodak Company today introduced the new KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera, a rugged, durable and pocket-size HD video camera with an appetite for adventure. The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera is specifically designed for consumers with active lifestyles, allowing them to capture full 1080p HD video even underwater* with the touch of a button.

The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera is waterproof up to 10 feet and features built-in software and USB cable output so users can edit and easily share with family and friends through sites such as YouTube and Facebook. The KODAK PLAYSPORT also features electronic image stabilization and KODAK Imaging Science for sharper videos with vibrant colors and less blur.

"Today's consumers want to easily capture and share life's moments anywhere they happen without trading off quality," said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. "We designed the KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera with this in mind, combining the superior features of our HD digital video cameras with a rugged, waterproof exterior so consumers can capture their KODAK Moments in more places from the inside of a halfpipe on a snowboard or while duck diving on your surfboard."

KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera Features:

Waterproof up to 10 ft. (3 m)
Full 1080p HD video capture at 30 fps
Electronic image stabilization
Brilliant 2.0" color LCD display
Capture 5 MP HD stills (16:9)
Edit and upload to the Web with built-in software and included USB cable
Smart face tracking technology
Incredible low-light performance
Expandable SD/SDHC Card slot for memory cards up to 32 GB, that can record up to 10 hours of HD video**
Li-Ion rechargeable battery with in-camera charging
HDMI cable output (HDMI cable included)
Remote control compatible (remote control sold separately)
MAC and PC compatible

The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera will be available in Abyss (black), Wave Crash (blue) and Adrenaline Rush (purple) for US $149.95 MSRP beginning in April 2010 at major retailers including Best Buy and Amazon.com, as well as Kodak.com. The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera is also now available for pre-orders on Amazon.com.

* Up to 10 ft. (3 m) under water
** Record approximately 20 minutes per 1 GB at HD 720 at 30 fps.

01-07-2010, 07:28 AM
I've been wanting an inexpensive video camera but think I'll wait for this one. It sure looks like a winner.

01-07-2010, 01:05 PM
Wow, it sure beats my little Flip Video cam. It has image stabilization which makes a HUGE difference in sailing vids.

01-07-2010, 01:21 PM
Too bad this didn't come out before Christmas. :(
I would have bought it for my son instead of the Kodak Zi8 which has very similar specs but isn't waterproof. On the other hand, my birthday is coming up in a couple of months. :D


Paul Pless
01-07-2010, 01:26 PM
The KODAK PLAYSPORT Video Camera will be available in Abyss (black), Wave Crash (blue) and Adrenaline Rush (purple)Wonder what color playsport JCSOH will be getting?

01-07-2010, 01:34 PM
That's a tough one Paul :D

As for me, probably the purple ;)

Seriously, when I didn't even get a chance to take the Flip video thing out of the box at the Regatta of Lights, I returned it.

I think the wait for a purple one of these will be worth it :)

Ted Hoppe
01-07-2010, 03:26 PM
When Kodak comes out with a true 1080p 60 Hertz HD camera with serious water resistance, then maybe. If you are looking for a great camera system now try the Hero HD wide. Amazing footage for twice the price but well worth it. With an inexpensive housing, you can take the camera down to 150 feet!
080p, 960p, and 720p in 30 and 60 fps (720p). The HD HERO line of cameras offers three different HD resolutions, giving you three filming modes to capture the best angles for any given activity:
1080p: 1920x1080 True HD featuring a 127 angle of view, 30 fps, and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
960p: 1280x960 Ultra Wide and Tall HD featuring a 170 angle of view, 30 fps, and 4:3 aspect ratio. See more of the action above and below than widescreen16:9 resolutions can show.
720p: 1280x720 Ultra Wide HD featuring a 170 angle of view, both 30 and 60 fps, and 16:9 widescreen aspect ratiohttp://www.itrush.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/GoPro-HD-Motorsports-Hero-Wide-5-Video-Camera-Kit.jpghttp://pointofviewcameras.com/images/ee/gopro-hd-hero-case.jpg
website footage: http://www.goprocamera.com/hdheropreview/

06-06-2010, 04:11 PM
Anybody tried this yet?

06-06-2010, 04:26 PM
I see they're about $130 now

06-06-2010, 04:56 PM
I got the black one. $129 from Amazon with a 4gig memory card thrown in for free. Blue and purple were still $149. The videos are great but I haven't had it out on the water yet. And all that rain today didn't help at all with the painting and varnishing. :(


06-06-2010, 06:29 PM
Ted, that looks like my Ikelite case...good to 300 feet....the friggin underwater light costs more than the camera and underwater housing.

Todd Bradshaw
06-06-2010, 06:37 PM
We got one a while back. Seems to work fine and it's pretty simple to use. Haven't tried dunking it yet (haven't had time to get out in a boat yet this season).

06-06-2010, 07:09 PM
I was jumping off a 15' cliff last weekend with a go pro HD. Worked great. Big difference in waterproof to ten feet and waterproof to 150'. Have a Pentax point and shoot that is waterproof to 6' the difference in sealing is significant. I guess it depends on how dry your boat is and how hard you play.

06-06-2010, 07:14 PM
if my boat is under more than 10 feet of water I won't be worrying about the $129 video camera. :eek:


06-06-2010, 07:31 PM
Thanks all.

06-06-2010, 10:24 PM
I got the black one. $129 from Amazon with a 4gig memory card thrown in for free. Blue and purple were still $149. The videos are great but I haven't had it out on the water yet. And all that rain today didn't help at all with the painting and varnishing. :(


Now the black is $149 and the others are cheaper. No free memory card. Prices look to be up everywhere. Must be popular...or seasonal. Darn.

Captain Intrepid
06-06-2010, 10:47 PM
You can often get a memory card thrown in for free, or if it's a big one, reduced in price. When I got my DSLR a couple months ago, I got a 16 gig card for about 1/4 of the MSRP.

06-06-2010, 11:16 PM
Wife got one for our trip to the WBS and the boy's spring concert - decent video and sound in such a tiny package, fairly easy on battery and fairly easy to learn to use.

06-06-2010, 11:20 PM
Ordered a purple one for our youngest daughter. She has a knack for breaking cameras.