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Kodak Playsport Zx5 Camcorder Review
Kodak keeps the still image features simple on the PlaySport Zx5. There is only one photo size option on the camcorder, so when you switch over to photo mode you don't have to take the extra step of choosing an image resolution. All photos are captured as 3072 x 1728 images, which is a 16:9 aspect ratio and a 5.3-megapixel image. Since you can only take photos when the Playsport is in photo mode, you cannot capture still images while recording video.
There are four digital effects that are new features on the Kodak PlaySport Zx5: High Saturation, '70s Film, Black & White, and Sepia. Most of these should be self explanatory, but the '70s Film mode is a bit of a stretch. It mutes the colors and adds a bit of graininess to the image, but that's all.
Turning this feature on adds an orange hue to your video, which may help you capture underwater images better. We weren't always crazy about this "correction" feature, however, and we thought certain underwater images looked fine without it. To be clear, you do not have to turn this on to record video underwater—the PlaySport is always waterproof up to 3 meters.
You can switch the PlaySport Zx5 over to PAL output if you want to connect the camcorder to a television that runs on the PAL system. This isn't a feature most people will ever use, but it makes it possible for Kodak to develop one version of the Zx5 for both the US and European markets.
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