Flip Ultra Video Camera – Simple and Brilliant

Not the sleekest looking digital video camera, but surprisingly good for what it is. I’ve been through a bunch of digital video cameras at this point: the creative vado, the kodak zi8, the flip ultra (this one), plus video that you can capture with a point and shoot camera. Let’s preface this review with the following: none of these pocketable digital video cameras holds a camera to a good quality traditional video camera. That applies not just to the latest generation video cameras, but even to older generation 8mm (or dvd-r) cameras. The traditional video cameras win on lens quality, picture quality, zoom quality, sound quality and just about everything else except portability, price and (sometimes) battery life. So if you are thinking of getting this camera to replace your few year old traditional video camera because you think time is passing you buy. The reasons to get a camera of this type are that they are very small, very easy to use, can fit in your purse or pocket, and they get good battery life. If none of those is a game changer for you, you don’t need one. Now on to this particular video camera.

Excellent, compact camcorder. I’ve made a video review, using the flip ultra camcorder, so that you can see the audio/video quality (keep in mind i had to compress the video a little bit for amazon), and i also show how to use the camcorder. In my opinion, this is an excellent camcorder for a novice, or someone who just wants an easy to use camcorder that is small and compact. I personally don’t need more than 2 hours recording time and it’s wonderful not having to purchase tapes. The price is actually less than many digital cameras. I’ve wanted to own a camcorder for a long time, and the flip ultra has finally met my standards for: quality, value, and ease of use.

This has by far been the handiest, most versitile, easiest-to-use camera i have ever owned. Although customer service seems to have disappeared since cisco bought the original company, my camera has never given me a problem. It takes great videos and the editing software makes it easy to pull still shots from video when desired.

God bless all of you folks who warned me about the battery. This is a nice little mini-camcorder that did a great job at recording priceless information for me at a dance seminar. It’s ease of use and protability has helped to create some great video which i will refer to again and again in the future for further study and practice. Thank god i had another set of batteries with me, because it went dead about 2/3rds through the seminar and i had to do a quick battery replacement (which fortunately is all i needed to get me up and running again). Thanks to all of you folks who gave me a “heads up” about the battery life (or lack thereof) and the fact that the camcorder will go dead without any warning. Your knowledge enabled me to be adequately prepared with a fallback plan. And really helped to make my trip at great one:0).

  • Excellent, Compact Camcorder
  • Good portable camera, the younger brother to the HD Model
  • The easiest video camcorder you’ll ever own
  • Simple and Brilliant
  • Smart changes to an already outstanding product.
  • Great little camera!

Flip Ultra Video Camera – Blue, 4 GB, 2 Hours (2nd Generation)

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  • Easy-to-use, pocket-sized camcorder featuring one-touch recording and digital zoom
  • Captures 120 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 4 GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required
  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer to launch FlipShare software
  • Built-in FlipShare software lets you easily email videos, edit individual clips, and upload video to sharing sites like YouTube and MySpace
  • Large 2-inch color LCD screen to play back and delete videos

Excellent videos with voice clarity. My wife needed this for work, to tape her sessions with clients (required for her profession). Until now she had relied on an old but still good vhs-c camera. The videos of the flip ultra (non hd) have better image clarity and audio, which is very important for reviewing the sessions. Editing on her pc is also very easy. On our wish list for future flip software upgrades, is the possibility of a higher fast-forwarding speed, when keeping the fast-forward button pressed. If you have a long one-hour interview, and for some reason you need to just view the end, it takes about 6 minutes to reach that point: a 10/1 (10 seconds in one second) fast-forward speed. It would be nice if after a few seconds of fast-forwarding the speed increased automatically to 120/1 (2 minutes in one second).

If you’ve done any camcorder shopping at all, it doesn’t take long to realize that we’ve got a problem with function/feature overload. You could pick camcorder a with night vision, steady hand, and sepia filming capabilities. Or you could pick camcorder b with the touch screen, hd video quality, and 50 other functions that you’d never use. The list, as you no doubt have discovered, goes on and on. Within 2 minutes of opening the box, it was on and ready to start recording. Within those same two minutes, i’d read the instructions on how to record, playback, and download the videos onto my computer. In my opinion, this is brilliant technology – it’s small, convenient, and incredibly simple. Still want high-quality videos, not to worry, this puppy can capture ’em.

Doesn’t get much easier than this. I had heard the flip camera had decent video quality (for the price) and was very easy to use, so i knew i wanted a flip, just didn’t know which one. I chose this one because it was the newest model that still used aa batteries. I liked the idea of using aa batteries, which i know is a turn-off for many people, for a variety of reasons. First of all, a “specialty” battery tends to lose its ability to hold a charge (hasn’t that happened to one of your cell phones?) as it ages, which means you could lose out on taking some special videos if you’re caught without enough juice to keep going. Other reviews rave about how tiny and slim the newest flip is (because it doesn’t need to be fat enough to house aa batteries). Personally, i think this camera is very compact, while still having enough substance about it so you get the sense you’re actually holding something. Smaller isn’t always better in my opinion. . Too easy to drop, lose, and often accompanied by limited functionality. In addition, if you’re on your way to a big event and you realize your battery is dead, you simply stop at the drug store and pick some up.

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