Gear Up: Kodak Playfull

The memories we remember for years and years are just one of the many reasons people enjoy venturing into the outdoors. Time away from things like work, school, television, and traffic, provides us with an opportunity to spend time with our friends and family, which can be easy overlooked amidst the din of everyday obligations and urban white noise. Of course, we all want to cherish such experiences even after the trip is over, which it’s always a good idea to bring a camera along. To make sure you don’t miss out on remembering your camping trips for years to come, I suggest Gearing Up with the Kodak Playfull, a compact digital camera made for the trail.

Weekend camping trips with the family, where you have ready access to your vehicle, or an RV, leave you without the worry of space conservation. However, backpackers and backcountry campers who still want to take pictures will find themselves going without if they want to bring along their DSLR. The beauty of the Kodak Playfull is that it’s roughly the size of a granola bar (which fits easily into a chest pocket), and weighs around 3 ounces, which means you’ll have plenty of room for it.

As far as image quality is concerned, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. The Playfull is five megapixels and shoots videos in HD 1080p (30 fps), or 720p (60 fps), which gives you clear, sharp images every time.

The Kodak Playfull has no cords or software. It possesses a USB that tucks into the camera body that both charges the camera and exports data to your computer. The thumb-sized buttons are easy to operate, as well. Furthermore, the Playfull is equipped with a variety of features, such as the ability to share files via Facebook, a 1 ½ inch scratch-resistant screen that allows a preview of the shot before you take it, and the camera is waterproof down to three meters. Add to that an easily affordable price tag of $130, and it’s no wonder the Kodak Playfull has become the outdoor camera for many customers.

The small screen doesn’t help when you’re trying to frame wider shots, such as landscapes, and also makes it difficult to see detail in close-ups. The Playfull’s battery lasts only three days, which true backcountry campers might find to be a hindrance. However, you can purchase a portable device charger from pretty much any major retailer to juice up any products overnight.

While we don’t always have room for a DSLR, there are a few smaller options that still get the job done exceptionally well, such as the Playfull, from Kodak. Gear Up with this compact gadget and you’ll be worrying less about the space in your pack and more about enjoying yourself on the trip. With a low price, an abundance of helpful features and a design that focuses on saving space, the Kodak Playfull has become a camping gear must-have for many. Have you been missing out on a great camera for your trips? Check out the Playfull the next time you head to the store and see for yourself.