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Kodak PlayFull Ze1 Camcorder Review
The Kodak PlayFull has a basic still image mode that you access by pressing the video/photo button on the back of the camcorder. A second press of this button brings you back to video mode, so you have to look at the little icon on the upper right corner of the LCD to see what shooting mode you're in. In photo mode you can't record any videos, but a press of the start/stop record button will snap a 5.3-megapixel still photo instead. There are no other photo options on the camcorder, so all photos will be 5.3 megapixels (at a 3072 x 1728 resolution).
In lieu of manual controls, Kodak equipped the PlayFull camcorder with a set of four digital effects. The options include: High Saturation, '70s Film, Black & White, and Sepia. None of these effects are all that impressive, as each of them could easily be applied in post production with a basic editing program (like Apple's iMovie).
If you're traveling overseas to a country that uses the PAL video signal instead of NTSC (which is what we use in the US), you may want to try out the PlayFull's handy option of switching between the two. Switching to PAL won't change anything about the way the PlayFull records video, but it will change the way the video is output to a television. So, if you're hooking up the camcorder to a PAL TV and the image looks funny, try changing the output signal to see if it helps.
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