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Kodak PlayTouch Camcorder Review
Author: Sandy Berger
Type: Reviews Last Updated: October 14, 2011
Page: 1 of 6
Introduction

The Kodak PlayTouch (Zi10) is the successor to the Kodak Zi8, a popular pocket video camera that is known for its ease-of-use. The PlayTouch is thinner and lighter than the Zi8. It sports a large touchscreen, a jack for an external microphone, an HDMI output, and records video in full HD. Given those great features and the Kodak heritage, we decided to take a closer look.

As shown in Figure 1, the Kodak PlayTouch comes in a small but colorful box.


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Figure 1: The PlayTouch box

The PlayTouch comes with a USB charging cable, a wall plug that uses the USB cable, a composite video cable, an HDMI cable, a soft gray carry case, a wrist strap, and two small instructional booklets. These items are shown in Figure 2. Inclusion of an HDMI cable is a rarity and will be much appreciated by most purchasers.


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Figure 2: The contents of the box

The PlayTouch itself is shown in Figure 3. As you can see, it is a very simplistic device. On the front is the camera lens, the IR receiver for an optional remote control, and the microphone opening. The PlayTouch is 2.3 × 4.3 × 0.6 inches (58.4 x 109.2 x 15.24 mm) and at 3.52 ounces (100 grams), without the battery, it is lightweight and fits nicely in the pocket. Although the PlayTouch feels somewhat sturdy in the hand, our testing showed that it is not. We will comment more on this topic later in this review.


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Figure 3: The front of the PlayTouch

Besides the black color that is shown, the PlayTouch also comes in teal, orange, and chrome.

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