GoPro HD Hero2 Camcorder Review
Kodak PlaySport Zx5 Comparison
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The Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is another rugged, waterproof camcorder that is geared towards average consumers. It is not designed to be worn or used "hands-free", although Kodak does sell a Burton (yes, the snowboard company) edition of the Zx5 that comes with a unique color scheme (but no extra rugged features). It is a good ultracompact camcorder that, like the Samsung W200, is waterproof to around a depth of 10 feet. The PlaySport is also very easy to use, comes with good built-in software that helps you upload content to the web, and it has a simple, durable design.
If all you're looking for is a simple, waterproof camcorder, the PlaySport Zx5 will probably do you just fine. Its video quality was good, but it didn't quite have the performance of the Samsung HMX-W200. The real benefit of the Zx5 came from the camcorders simple design and easy-to-use interface. That's something we can't really say about the GoPro Hero2, as that is a camcorder that definitely has a steep learning curve due to its unique nature.
In addition to its mounts and hands-free design, the Hero2 does many things better than the Kodak PlaySport. Its ultra wide angle lens lets you capture action that wouldn't even be in the frame with the PlaySport, and it has more still features (like a burst mode), a time-lapse record setting, and far more video resolution options. The Hero2 is certainly the better camcorder for the serious adventure videographer.