52 Cameras: Week 18 part 2 — Kodak PlaySport (Zx3)

As a camcorder, the PlaySport is great. As a still camera, it’s fun but frustrating. There just aren’t enough controls, or rather, controls that one can control.

Exposure data taken from the EXIF information. Resized and a couple are cropped but no exposure adjustments.

Do not go this way -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/2000 sec.

Do not go this way — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/2000 sec.

Duke City Lumber Company icon — now above May Cafe Vietnamese Cuisine. No idea what happened to his arms and his axe. I think he looks a bit like Walter White.

Lumberjack (cropped) -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/1000 sec.

Lumberjack (cropped) — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/1000 sec.

Fence and landscaping at Hotel Parq Central -- ISO 200, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Fence and landscaping at Hotel Parq Central — ISO 200, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

This is an example of why the lack of user-controlled controls is frustrating. It’s kind of an interesting photo but the automatic white balance didn’t adjust for fluorescent light.

Stairwell at Hotel Parq Central -- ISO 800, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Stairwell at Hotel Parq Central — ISO 800, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Bicycle and Hula Hoops at Rt 66 Diner -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/125 sec.

Bicycle and Hula Hoops at 66 Diner — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/125 sec.

Old Vendorlator Coke machine at 66 Diner (cropped) -- ISO 100, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Old Vendorlator Coke machine at 66 Diner (cropped) — ISO 100, f2.8, 1/30 sec.

Wall o' signs (cropped) -- ISO 50, f2.8, 1/640 sec.

Wall o’ signs (cropped) — ISO 50, f2.8, 1/640 sec.

The PlaySport manual says exposure is “Auto”. I don’t think the lens can stop down since everything was at f2.8 and only the shutter speed and ISO were adjusted. I really like its video — I’m going to shoot next week’s intro with it.