Kodak Playsport (Black) comparison

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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Price $259 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $295 at 1 store $809 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews
Release date January 07, 2010 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 March 01, 2008
The Bottom Line The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video. Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. The only thing the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 seems to have going for it is the low price, but "you get what you pay for" has never rung truer. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-3.0
Flash type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Optical zoom Info unavailable 30 x
26 x
10 x
Optical sensor type Info unavailable Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom Info unavailable 350 x
320 x
200 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight Info unavailable 8.8 oz
6.3 oz
1.2 lbs
Image stabilizer Electronic
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (SuperRange)
Manual focus Focus free
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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