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Kodak Playsport ZX3

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2690 reviews of Kodak Playsport ZX3. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the viewfinder and connectivity. Views about the zoom and battery are mixed.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

reliability, connectivity, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Kodak Playsport ZX3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Kodak Playsport Zx3


Kodak goes ruggedly underwater with its latest pocket Internet camcorder. But does it sink or swim?

May, 2011

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder


Digital camcorders recording to solid-state media, which has enabled them to shrink to a size similar to your phone handset, may be all the rage, but this one is a little different. This affordable and portable palm camcorder from Kodak strikes the...

Cool design, lightweight and compact, HDMI connectivity offered alongside AV and USB out, Memory expandable via (optional) SD or SDHC cards

Mono microphone and speaker – picks up wind noise, no convenient flip out USB arm offered as on direct competitors, tiny lens means this is better for outdoor use

This affordable and portable palm camcorder from Kodak strikes the right notes, but there is already fierce competition out there from other pocket offerings in the Creative Vado HD, Flip MinoHD et al. However in Kodak's favour the build quality feels...

Apr, 2010


Expert review by : Rosemary Hattersley (

Kodak PlaySport Zx3 review


As the name suggests, the Kodak PlaySport Zx3 is a ruggedised camcorder that is geared up for outward bound pursuits.

When playing back our underwater footage fresh from the tank as the Kodak PlaySport Zx3’s innards seemed to be working rather hard, but this and the sluggish zoom were our only real negatives. A great little camcorder to take on a trip to the beach,...

May, 2010

Expert review by : mfereday (

Kodak Playsport : Kodak Playsport Zx3


While many pocket camcorders have been designed for general purpose use, the Kodak Playsport is aimed more at the more adventurous members of society. To this end the Playsport combines electronic image stabilising technology, to assist when capturing...

While most of the buttons were responsive to pressure, I often found that I needed to press harder when using the four-way navigation pad. This was especially evident and annoying when moving between the different setting options and using the 4x zoom...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by : paul_smart (

Kodak ZX3 Pocket Camcorder


Around 18 months ago I told you about the Kodak ZX1 their first foray in the very popular pocket (mobile phone size) camcorder arena. Here is - I think - their next offering the ZX3 which gives you the ability to capture movies underwater to 3metres...

So in my opinion dump the under water ability, spruce up the low light ability and reintroduce the ability to compress video for remote watching as this was available with the ZX1 for a time when it first came out

Dec, 2010

Expert review by : Lisa Banks (

Kodak PlaySport Zx3


The Kodak PlaySport Zx3 is an ultra-portable digital camcorder designed for those who enjoy the more rugged outdoor pursuits; tough, waterproof and able to shoot 1080p video and take 5-megapixel stills, it should be perfect for catching those essential...

The Kodak PlaySport ZX3 isn’t perfect, but offers some great fun and excellent value for extreme sports enthusiasts, or those that just want to longe around on a water raft in a pool or in the sea. Whilst the battery life may well be poorer than most...

Sep, 2010

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Kodak PlaySport Zx3


Styled for more adventurous shooters, the Kodak Playsport is waterproof to three metres and has a rough, tough-looking design. It captures movies at Full HD (1920x1080) and grabs stills at 5MP. Content is recorded to SD or SDHC card and you can frame...

The Playsport ticks a lot of positive boxes: we liked the design and loved the quality on most of what we recorded. A bigger screen and improved zoom would add further kudos, but we definitely rated this pocket-sized shooter’s all-round game. Kodak...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (

Kodak ZX3 Playsport camcorder


A pocket video camera, and it’s waterproof Thanks to tiny memory cards which are used for storing video and photos (rather than tape or hard disks), modern camcorders are sometimes not much ...

Jun, 2010

Expert review by : Digital Arts (

Kodak PlaySport Zx3 review


A revision of the likable Kodak PlaySport Zx1 model we tested last year, the of this camcorder  has much improved controls and feels great in the hand.

May, 2010

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Review of Kodak PlaySport Zx3 camcorder


Good points: block shape means good for quick shots, irritating for long shots. Good quality video. Very rugged, and waterproof to 10 feet, making it superbly flexible. Very simple controls. Drawbacks: Relatively weak still photos.

Product Specifications


Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes


Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:KLIC-7004


Firewire in (IEEE 1394): No
Firewire Out (IEEE 1394): No
HDMI Connection: Yes
Line-In Audio: Yes
USB Connection: Yes


Colour of product:Black, White / Blue, White / Orange, White / Purple, White / Violet, White
Product colour:Black,White / Blue,White / Purple,White / Violet,White


Display diagonal:5.08
Screen Size:2 in
Screen Type:LCD


Web Cam Function: Yes

Image resolution

Progressive Scan for Photos: No
Total MegaPixels:5 megapixels

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.5
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:5

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4


Digital Zoom:4 x
Focal Length (Wide-Tele):39.4-100 cm
Image Stabilization:Yes (Digital)
Optical Zoom:0 x
White Balance:Auto


Dimensions (HxWxD):58.42x111.76x20.32 mm
Weight:128 g
Weight (lb):0.282 lb

Other features

Audio output:1
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP SP2/Vista/7\nMac 10.4, 10.5, 10.6 + / Windows XP SP2/Vista/7\nMac OS X 10.4 +
Flash memory:2048
Interface:USB 2.0, AV out, HDMI
Internal Memory:128
Lens focal range:39.4" - ∞ / 39.4" -?
Minimum hard disk space:300
Minimum processor:Pentium IV, 2.8 GHz
Minimum RAM:1024
Minimum storage drive space:300
Minimum system requirements:Internet Explorer 6.0 +\nSafari 1.1 +\nUSB 1.1 +\nCD-ROM
Photo mode: Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Arcsoft Media Impression Software

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Power source

Battery Type:rechargeable Lithium-Ion


Product name:Zx3 Playsport


Miscellaneous:This audacious little camera can plunge up to 10 ft under water and capture the entire experience in full 1080p HD, Share on FACEBOOK, YouTube, and TWITTER sites with ease


Sensor Size:1/2.5 in
Sensor Type:CMOS

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG


Built-in Memory: Yes
Built-in Storage Size:128 MB
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Flash memory:2
Maximum memory card size:32


HD Recording:HD 1080p
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080
Recordable File/Disc Formats:Video: H.264 (MOV), AAC LC, Still: JPEG
Recording Format:Internal flash / SD / SDHC
Video formats supported:MOV

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.95 / 5.84
Height :11.2 / 2.03
Width:11.2 / 5.8