I know a lot of folks are looking at picking up convenient camcorders, this holiday season, so I thought I’d take a minute to give you a quick comparison.
Right now Amazon has a Kodak PlaySport bundle available for $139; that includes the PlaySport camcorder, a 4GB SD card, flexible tripod, and a remote. On the other hand, the comparable 4GB Flip MinoHD camcorder will currently run you $148 without any accessories at all. Beyond the better price for the bundle, though, I’m going to give this smackdown to Kodak for all of these other reasons:
1) My husband is a professional photographer, and he prefers the Kodak (we have both); he thinks the user interface on the Kodak is somewhat better. (Although—to be fair—he does lament the PlaySport not having an external mic jack, which is not a concern for casual users.)
2) The Flip’s memory and battery are internal, whereas the Kodak takes SD cards and a removable battery—more shooting time on the fly, provided you have cards and batteries to spare.
3) The fact that the PlaySport is waterproof to 10 ft is magnificent, because we have tried a couple of different “guaranteed waterproof” housings for the Flip and they all leak.
In fact, the only solid point in the Flip’s favor I can come up with is that the Flip is slightly smaller/lighter than the PlaySport. Not so much that it really matters to most, though.
If you’ve been thinking about a pocket camcorder, I hope this helps.