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Old Mar 15, 2011, 12:19 PM   #1
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Default Zx5 - Is Integrated Battery Pack a deal breaker?

I already asked a similar question in another thread, but I am trying to narrow down my options.

Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is out today with a price tag of $179.
It has some significant improvements over a previous model Zx3. (today ~ $108)

1. It shoots in .MP4 instead of .MOV. <-- I like that! More editing options than with .MOV. Plus file size is usually smaller.
2. New Sharing capabilities. <-- Big plus if you ask me.... extended family abroad and all.
3. Shockproof. <-- I have small kids. That says it all!
4. Macro Mode.
5. Four Capture effects: B&W, sepia, Vivid, and 70s film style

Now, I am willing to pay extra $70 for these features. However, there is a big issue in my eyes:

Integrated Li-Ion rechargeable battery

Why, Kodak, why?

You have no way to change a battery. With an old version, you can buy a second battery pack that does not cost all that much, and carry it with you as a backup. In Cisco Flip Ultra
HD you can even use AA batteries as a backup. Here, once battery time runs out, you are done filming until you recharge and that takes hours.

So, in your eyes, is this a deal breaker or not?

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Old Mar 15, 2011, 3:32 PM   #2
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Old Mar 15, 2011, 11:22 PM   #3
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Well everything made by Apple uses an integrated battery as well. I think it sucks but it didn't stop me from buying an iPod Nano. However, I got my Nano on Craigslist for $55 and I never use my iPod for more than 3 hours at a time.

For $180, I would be much more hesitant to buy something with an integrated battery. Also, with a camera, I am often swapping out batteries on trips to the zoo, vacations, and even sometimes on weekend backpacking trips. With the latter in mind, I think it would be a deal-breaker for me also.
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Old Mar 16, 2011, 4:26 PM   #5
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G'day mikey

As a serious photographer - I would never buy a camera system with non-interchangeable batteries ... the need to swap a battery mid shoot occurs for me all too often

It also means that your camera must be on the camera-dock all the time for it to be recharging between uses.
Q- what happens when you're on hols and away from a power point?

You mention "extended family abroad "
Q- what happens if you ever decide to visit them and you end up with the inevitable voltage and power connector issues?

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