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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

New From Kodak: PlayFull Pocket HD Video Camera. Let's Get Small!

Kodak Playfull Pocket HD Video Camera
Image: Kodak PlayFull Pocket HD Video Camera

Ha! I get it, it's playful.

Just saw the PlayFull, a new Pocket HD Video camera from Kodak.

Here are some specs:
Resolution:
1080p—great for stunning playback on your HDTV—HDMI cable included!
720p at 60 fps—for fast action and super slow motion playback
720p at 30 fps—ideal for general recording in high definition
WVGA—perfect for conserving space on your memory card or smaller files sizes for web use

Sensor type:
1/3.2-type, 5 MP CMOS

Lens:
3.9 mm, 35 mm equivalent
44 mm @ 1080p
33 mm @ 720p
33 mm @ WVGA
33 mm still capture

Display size:
1.5 in. (3.8 cm)

Storage:
128 MB internal memory1, SD/SDHC card expansion slot (up to 32 GB card)

File format:
video: MPEG-4, AAC LC
still: JPEG/EXIF v 2.21
One funny thing to note about the amazon.com listing, Kodak PlayFull Video Camera - BlueSilver (New Model).

It has the dimensions as 6.6 x 2.9 x 6.1 inches.

Kodak Playfull ZOOM
Image: Kodak PlayFull ZOOMED in

Kinda big!

But later down in the specs you can see the actual dimensions of the camera.
Dimensions:
1.6 × 3.9 × 0.7 in. (41.7 × 100.0 × 17.2 mm)
The first dimensions are probably for the box. Ha!



Pocket HD Video Camera vs. Cellphone
The question is, will people need or want a pocket HD video camera like this when their cellphone probably has similar features at 720p with the additional feature of being able to share directly to social media sites from the device you are shooting on, vs. having to transfer your images and videos to a computer first.

Kodak is making the transfer process easier with their Share feature, but a connected device makes it even easier.

What are your thoughts?

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