Kodak Playsport Zx5 Camcorder Review
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While the Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a top-notch specimen of a waterproof camcorder done right, the JVC Picsio GC-WP10 is a prime example of a waterproof camcorder done wrong. JVC bogged the GC-WP10 down with special features, like an LCD touchscreen, that really aren't useful when shooting underwater. We were also strongly dissuaded by the WP10's terrible processing power, which made even the most minor tasks (like navigating the menu system) a chore.
In terms of video performance, these two camcorders aren't far apart. They both produced a decently sharp image, and they both had serious problems with color accuracy in our bright light testing. But if top-notch video performance is that important to you, then neither of these camcorders should be on your radar.
These kinds camcorders need to excel in portability, ease of use, and handling to be effective, and those are the three areas where the PlaySport Zx5 soundly defeats the JVC GC-WP10. Its menu system is easier to follow, its design is more streamlined and compact, and its textured surface offers a good grip underwater. The GC-WP10 does have a few more advanced features (time-lapse record mode, extra still image controls), but the Kodak Zx5 is the simpler camcorder for beginners. If you want a compact, waterproof camcorder, the Kodak PlaySport is the way to go.