Kodak Playfull waterproof camcorder captures 720p underwater videos

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Kodak has unveiled a waterproof version of its Playfull camcorder in the form of the Playfull ...

Kodak has unveiled a waterproof version of its Playfull camcorder in the form of the Playfull Waterproof Camera, which offers up to 720p video recording. View gallery (5 images)

Kodak has expanded its pocket camcorder lineup with the announcement of the water-, dust- and shock-resistant cousin of the Playfull camera, the Kodak Playfull Waterproof Camera. Coming with a lower price tag than the Kodak Playsport actioncams, the new arrival can be immersed to a maximum depth of 10 feet (3 m) for up to two hours and records videos in 720p (1280 x 720) resolution.

The Playfull Waterproof Camera's water resistance is certified to IPX8 (which requires a device to withstand being continuously submerged to at least one meter/3.28 feet) and its special white balance mode is meant to ensure proper colors for underwater footage, according to Kodak. The pocket cam is also dustproof (IP6X compliant) and shock-resistant, meaning it withstands drops from up to 5 feet (1.52 m) onto plywood.

As with the other Playfull cameras, the waterproof version comes with a Share button, which allows for instant sharing of stills and videos via e-mail, Facebook, or YouTube, right after connecting the camera to a computer. There are four preset modes available: black and white, sepia, high saturation (bright, bold colors) and 70's film (muted colors, slightly greenish cast, and graininess for a retro look).

Billed as being no larger than a credit card, the Playfull Waterproof Camera weighs in at 85 grams (3 oz) and measures 2.2 x 3.7 x 0.5 inches (5.58 x 9.39 x 1.27 cm), which makes it smaller than all the Playsport offerings. The new Playfull features video recording in 720p (1280 x 720) or in WVGA (848 x 480), both at 30 fps, stored as MPEG-4, AAC-LC files. It can also snap 1-megapixel still images in JPEG/EXIF v2.3 format.

Footage is stored on SD/SDHC cards (there's only 18MB of built-in storage on board) and can be viewed either on the equipped 2-inch color LCD with Glare Shield for bright sunlight viewing, or on an external device, utilizing the camera's HDMI or AV out ports. There's also a retractable USB cable located at the bottom of the housing.

The Kodak Playfull Waterproof Camera is available for pre-order in either black or white at the Kodak website, and is priced at US$99.95. Expected shipping dates are October 14 for the white, and October 28 for the black.

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