Kodak Playsport Zx5 (Red) comparison

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Kodak Playsport Zx5 (Red)

Kodak Playsport Zx5 (Red)
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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Samsung HMX-W300 (Red)

Samsung HMX-W300 (Red)
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Price $283 at 1 store $245 at 1 store $224 at 1 store $399 at 1 store $179 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 2.0 stars out of 4 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 2.5 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 1.5 stars out of 6 reviews
Release date January 03, 2011 January 07, 2010 March 28, 2012 March 15, 2011 August 24, 2010
The Bottom Line The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable. The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video. The Samsung HMX-W300 rugged minicamcorder is a good traveling companion for capturing Web-friendly movie clips and photos of your next hike or beach trip. 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. Mediocre video quality and a couple design issues keep the Kodak PlayTouch from being a top-notch minicamcorder.

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Lens aperture F/2.8
F/2.8
F/2.2
F/1.8-3.4
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Flash type None
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Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable 30 x
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Optical sensor type CMOS
Info unavailable BSI-CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 4 x
Info unavailable 3 x
350 x
4 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
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Weight 4.4 oz
Info unavailable 4.8 oz
8.8 oz
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Image stabilizer Electronic
Electronic
Electronic
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic
Manual focus Automatic
Focus free
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Automatic
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