I am a reluctant gadget lover. I enjoy technology that makes my life simpler and gadgets that look cool, are highly portable and deliver on the ‘simplify my life’ philosophy. And i am reasonably tech-savvy. I was quick to embrace digital cameras and digital photography. I take hundreds of pictures a month and catalog them carefully. However, i have never gotten into video – camcorders are too bulky and complicated for me. My husband has some cool sony camcorder that supposedly does great things but i have never been tempted to use it once. But i love the idea of video. So, after reading all of the reviews of the flip video ultra here and elsewhere, i decided that this company may have accomplished what i have been looking for in a video recorder. I just got my flip yesterday and it is everything i had hoped for and morei bought the orange flip – it’s compact, light and pretty.
After only having this camcorder for a week, i can honestly say i will never go back to a regular camcorder again. I bought the first issue of sony’s dvd camcorder years ago and still don’t fully understand it. It cost me $900 back then and i still have to buy 30-60min dvd’s that are expensive. I did it because i didn’t want to transfer video but it was still cumbersome. In the past year or so, it barely comes out at all and when i want to tape something, i never have it on me. Plus, you need to carry the bulky battery charger and hope things are recharges and ready. The flip however is the same size as my comcact canon camera and actually weighs less. When i opened the box, i was surprised to find 2 aa duracell batteries already in there as well as a velvet draw string pouch to put the camera in. It has a av cord to hook up to your tv to playback your videos and a very simple 6 page book for directions. No huge manual in 10 languages and more importantly, no software.
I purchased the flip video ultra mainly to take videos of our family gatherings both for keepsakes and to send them to our family members that live too far from us. The expectation was to be able to make videos that we could edit in os x 10. 5, upload to youtube, make dvds or add to our two appletvs. The goodthis is as simple as it gets. It is held more or less the same way that you hold a cell phone while taking pictures/videos, and it is very light. It only has the bare minimum controls to get the job done. Importing into os x is easier if you just plug the camera and drag the movies into wherever you want them stored at. Processing is simple: i just import the clips as imovie events, and in minutes i can edit the whole thing with transitions, titles and music. Export to youtube from imovie is painless, while sending to appletv is a bit more involved (this is an imovie concern, it has nothing to do with the flip video). As a rough estimate, i can take a five-minute clip, edit it and export it to youtube in less than half an hour, and most of that time is wasted in conversions and uploads.
I’ve owned this since january 2008, and have found it invaluable – it’s so easy to use & so portable & cheap that i can take it anywhere and put it anyone’s hands and they can use it. I have used it mostly for capturing dog-training classes — agility and herding. I can hand it off to a fellow class-member, give them 10 seconds of instructions (‘turn it on there, and stop/start the video with the big red button’) and i end up with hours of very useful videos of me & my dogs that i can watch later to review what we did right or wrong, and to listen again to my trainers’ comments. If you don’t use the zoom, the picture is fantastic. I can hook it up directly to a standard 37-inch tv and the video is terrific. Sound is amazing, considering the basic microphone. It’s digital, not optical, so that means the picture gets fuzzy, like blowing up a lo-res. I just don’t even use the zoom anymore.
I wanted to get my husband a birthday gift that he would really enjoy and use often. I chose this after reading many reviews on amazon and i couldn’t be happier. He’s using it for video podcasting, home recording of our family, to record clients progress (he’s a fitness expert) and also for video’s to have on his website. He loves it, and frankly i’m sort of jealous and now want one of my ownthis is absolutely the easiest camcorder you’ll ever use. Both for shooting and also for uploading to your computer. And the video quality is amazing considering how durable and inexpensive it is. The fact that it takes aa batteries means it’s convenient to always have some ready or purchase at a drug store, as opposed to having to plug in and charge a typical camcorder. And unlike a typical camcorder this one fits in any pocket, purse, bag or briefcase and is easy to always have on you. Definitely get the ‘ultra’ version – according to the reviews i read it’s a better made machine. Plus, it works great with the optional tripod (tripod isn’t compatable unless it’s the ‘ultra’) and you’ll certainly want the most recording time available which right now is 60 minutes.
I bought this at a good price, and decided to get one due to my growing family. It was agood little gadget that i still use occasionally. Of course, it’s not hd and not much storage space, butit did get the job done. As someone as noted, the software is no longer usable. Because of that,i did lose some videos which can’t be replaced, but i blame that on myself since i didn’tproperly ‘save’ it. As today’s smartphone are getting better, there’s no reason to use a video camera unlessyou don’t have a smartphone. All in all, i did get great usage out of this, and it still worksi have purchased this item, personally for me, at the full retail price. There’sno relationship with the seller or the company of this product. Absolutelythere’s zero compensation involved for my review. I am solely reviewing myexperience for other potential customers.
- It was a great little gadget!
- Great toy and it’s idiot-proof!
- Why can’t all electronics be this simple and easy!!!
I like it for close-ups and it’s ease of use and price. I like the convenience factor. (it fits in the pocket and there’s no cables to mess with and no settings to fiddle with. It’s plastic, and the buttons feel a bit like a toy. It doesn’t feel like it will fall apart and the quailty of the video up-close to 10-15′ feet is great. . But i have a problem using it for my mac. Imovie ’08 doesn’t support the video format. There goes much of the ease of use (and convenience) the camera gave you initially. (note: the included software is very very basic and has to load each time the flip is plugged in.
I had been debating buying the flip ultra for the past two months. I read so many of the reviews on amazon as well as other sites and kept going back and forth for two reasons: 1. My ibm laptop, running xp which is 1 and half years old has had massive problems from day one, it’s extremely delicate and i’ve gotten the blue screen of (almost) death on many occassions. My hard drive has been wiped out more than one and the list goes on. 00+ i couldn’t justify it given i had just bought a very expensive dslr and i already have a point and shoot that takes video. What changed my mind in almost an instant was the drop in price. As i mention, i do have video on my point and shoot but now that i have a digital slr camera i won’t be carrying both camera’s around so wanted something that would do just video on a day to day basis that i could just tuck in my pocket or my purse. I take a lot of video’s of my 4 year when we are out and about and upload to dropshots and carrying the point and shoot is kind of pain sometimes so i thought the flip ultra would be a fantastic option for me. I received the flip ultra and was anxious to try it out but again was nervous that i would have problems with it as mentioned in so many reviews and was in fear of my laptop going nuts again but i finally took the plunge.The flip ultra is so incredibly easy to use i can’t get over it, it’s basically plug and play right out of the box. I put the batteries in which is clearly shown how to do on the instruction booklet, set the time and date, and started filming. The screen is beautiful and far surpases the screen on my point and shoot camera with video. Then i popped out the usb arm (which i will not use again for fear of it breaking off – i will just use a standard usb cable), plugged it into my usb port and my job was done. It automatically started downloading the software which could not be easier to use. You can’t make changes to your video but i don’t do that anyway, do most people?. No one i know of does that’s using it for similar purposes. I’ve got a sony handcam so if i was looking to make some incredible video that i wanted to look a certain way i could use that with other software but trust me, i’m not ever going to do that. As i mentioned earlier i use dropshots dot com to share my video’s with family and friends and have the dropshots dropbox on my desktop which you just drop a video into and it uploads, i was unsure how my flip ultra video’s would work with dropshots but not only was it no problem at all the video and sound quality far surpasses my point and shoot digital camera video, it’s just amazingso, i am not looking to discount anyone else’s experience with the flip ultra but for me this works like a dream.
Features of Flip Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Black)
- Make sure this fits
by entering your model number.
- Simple to use, pocket-sized camcorder with one-touch recording and digital zoom
- Holds 60 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 2GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required
- Convenient USB arm plugs directly into your computer for easy viewing and sharing
- Built-in software lets you easily e-mail videos, upload to YouTube and AOL, and capture still photos from video
- Watch videos instantly on TV with included cable
Make sure this fits
by entering your model number.
Simple to use, pocket-sized camcorder with one-touch recording and digital zoom
Holds 60 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 2GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required