updated 09:35 am EDT, Fri September 30, 2011
Kodak Playfull Waterproof toughens up
Kodak picked Friday to show a different take on its pocket camcorders. The Playfull Waterproof is a cousin to the original Playfull that trades some performance for hardening against conditions. Although it drops from 1080p down to 720p, it can survive underwater depths of up to 10 feet for two hours, or enough to fill much of the sometimes bundled 4GB SDHC card.
The same body also lets it resist dust and shock-proofs it for drops from up to five feet. Video itself adjusts to the elements, with a special white balance that adapts to the color biases underwater.
Regardless of conditions, it has a two-inch preview LCD with a switchable glare shield. The SDHC slot lets it capture as much as 10 hours of video on a 32GB card, and software work in the camera both offers basic image stabilization as well as four live effects filters that include a 1970s 8mm-like filter.
Kodak is shipping the Playfull Waterproof in the fall in either a bring-your-own-storage $100 version or a 4GB bundle for $120.