Review Kodak Zx3 At The Farm At Swans Trail

Kodak PlaySport Zx3

I had an opportunity to take Sally to the Farm at Swans Trail so I used it to test out the new Kodak PlaySport Zx3 digital video recorder that I received at Blog World Expo. The Zx3 competes against the popular Flip Mino digital video recorder but it has a few extra features going for it. For starters, the Zx3 offers higher resolution. While the Flip is limited to 720P, the Kodak is able to record at full 1080P HD. In addition, the Zx3 is waterproof down to three meters so you can film underwater. I haven’t tested the Zx3’s ability to keep out the water yet, but I will at tomorrow’s Dot Com Pho. I plan to sink into a glass of tea. The Kodak can take 5MP photos while the Flip is just a video recorder.

Quality wise, the Zx3 seems on par with the Flip Mino HD but down from the Flip Ultra HD (Kodak has a Zi8 that competes against the Ultra). All files are recorded in .mov format which imports directly into iMovie without any problems. I like how the Zx3 uses SD cards instead of built in memory. The Flip Mino is limited to an hour recording time because of non-upgradeable built in memory. With the Zx3, I can load in a 32GB SD card and record for over eight hours.

Here is a video I made while we were at the farm. The Zx3 was extremely easy to use and very portable. It’s a true take anywhere digital camcorder that is perfect for capturing those moments that you’ll want to share with the world on YouTube. For higher quality work, I’ll stick with the Canon HF S100 but for casual stuff like filming an episode of Dot Com Pho, the Kodak Zx3 is hard to beat.

24 thoughts on “Review Kodak Zx3 At The Farm At Swans Trail”

  1. Michael Kwan says:

    I think the older Mino is only an hour, but the newer one is 2 hours…. which is longer than how long the battery will last if you keep recording short clips, turning it on/off, etc anyway.

    1. Hi Michael,

      It’s the Ultra HD that gives you 2 hours. I don’t think that any Mino does that. I could be wrong though.

    2. Alex Dumitru says:

      I really like the Ultra HD

  2. Hey John,

    Nice review and I wonder if the SD card comes with the camera and if so what size. I doubt that it comes with the 32 GB you mention.

    What model and make is your other small camera that does good video and still pictures?


    1. John Chow says:

      It doesn’t come with any SD card. You have to get that yourself. The digital camera i use is the Canon SD980.

      1. Thanks John,

        I appreciate your reply. Do you like the Kadak better now or do you still prefer the Canon?

        To me the Canon looks much better. Now it’s question of performance. Which performs best and with a higher quality?

        1. John Chow says:

          The Canon is better. But then again, it cost more money.

      2. Alex Dumitru says:

        It’s good it supports. The ultra HD can’t be extended.

      3. Lakhyajyoti says:

        Canon SD980 is really cool.I like the the style very much.

  3. John,

    Are you coming to the Dot Com Pho in Vancouver or in Seattle?

    If in Vancouver I’ll try very hard to be there.

    1. Iman says:

      I second it 🙂

  4. Iman says:

    Thanks John for the review. I loved its quality when it’s dark environment.
    Actually I need to buy an HD pocket size camera in next week. Can you attach it to a tripod?

    1. Alex Dumitru says:

      Yeah, it takes good videos 🙂

  5. I like the video. Thanks for the review John!

  6. Abhik says:

    It’s 720p nHD. The quality of the video is nice though.
    My new Nokia N8 shoots same quality video though.

    1. I agree with you Nokia N8 has amazed me with their video quality

      1. Certainly quality of N8 is really amazing and this one also have 12 mega pixel camera … so your mobile is also your digital camera.

        Though I always recommend camera should be for shooting photos and mobile for talk and blogging purpose.

  7. I like the design but im not too satisfied with its features. But nevertheless nice review

  8. Mike says:

    Hey John, be sure to press record and post the video when you drop the camera in a glass of tea tomorrow! Funny stuff man!

  9. PPC Ian says:

    Seems like Kodak has really been stepping it up in recent years. They have definitely reinvented themselves.

    1. Yes now they realised that even 8 year old kid do not like to go for roll camera now a days.

      Nice move and nice product as well.

  10. fas says:

    This camera is waterproof which is its USP

  11. Tina Clark says:

    Hey John and readers – Tina from Kodak here (@KodakEvents) it was great to meet you at BlogWorld! Thank you for the review. Just wanted to mention a few points on the PlaySport to answer some of the comments.

    Wanted to point out that the PlaySport can record in full 1080p HD (along with 720p, 720 at 60fps, WVGA and 5mp stills).

    The MSRP price of the PlaySport is $149 – so great price for a great camera.

    The camera can be attached to a tripod.

    More info on at

  12. Yeah well said friends Kodak is serious about the products and market competition.

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