How to shoot under water HD video

When I spoke at BlogWorld ’10 in Las Vegas, I was pleasantly surprised when Kodak gave out cameras to the speakers who presented about video production.

My presentation happened to be about mobile video production, so I was given the option to get the Kodak PlaySport, or the Kodak TouchPlay.

Since the TouchPlay is an upgraded version of the popular Zi8 (which I already own), I chose the PlaySport. Why? Well, I’ve never owned a camera or the equipment to shoot underwater video before.

The PlaySport is said to be waterproof down to 10 feet of water. It probably wouldn’t work so well if you’re a scuba diver, but if you’re enjoying a family day at the pool, it’s perfect.

Now that the weather is warming up, I’ve had the chance to test out the PlaySport about three or four times.

Overall I like the camera, but I just found out the Kodak has released an even newer model – the Zx5 (I have the Zx3).

Either way, you can’t go wrong…

Watch this short video about the camera and its features. If you have it, let us know what you think about it.

(BTW, other than receiving a comp camera, this isn’t an endorsement. Kodak isn’t paying me, though I’ve sent a gang of business their way).


Right after I recorded this video, my PlaySport stopped working. I went to charge it, and noticed that the power light did not come on as it usually does. After I let the camera sit there for a while, I tried to turn it on and nothing. I swapped batteries, and still nothing. My hardly used PlaySport no longer works, so I’m thinking about sending it in to Kodak for repairs. After a quick Google search, I found a few forum posts from users who experienced the same thing with Kodak pocket cams. Even so, I say try it out. For the price, you can’t go wrong.

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