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Kodak PlayTouch

Hot off the heels of Kodak's PlaySport waterproof camera comes the company's first touchscreen model.

Similar to the Bloggie Touch, the Kodak PlayTouch ($199.99; Kodak.com) can shoot 1080p (1920 x 1080 video) with image stabilization and snap 5-megapixel stills, which you control via its 3-inch touchscreen display. It also has a "Share" button that tags videos and photos, which makes it easy to upload these videos once connected to a PC or Mac.

The PlayTouch offers a few benefits over the Sony model, including a screen that's easier to see in bright sunlight (an important consideration), an external microphone jack option (for better quality audio) and the ability to video edit right on the touchscreen display, such as trimming unwanted portions of the video before connecting to a computer (though it's easier on the PC or Mac).

The PlayTouch has two other advantages: You can add fun effects to your video (including black and white, sepia tone, high saturation and a grainy '70s film look), and you have an HDMI output option (for HDTVs). Unlike Sony's model, the HDMI cable is included.

But it has some shortcomings, too. The USB arm can be a bit tricky to pop out of the side (more so than other models) and no substantial memory is included with the camera. Therefore, you'll need to get an SD (SecureDigital) memory card to store the video. At least the cost of these memory cards is minimal, at about $20 for a 16GB card (for about 8 hours of HD video).

PlayTouch is available in Smoke Gaze (black), Chrome, Wine Country (magenta), Cabana (orange) and Spa Blue (teal).

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