Excerpt: Flip’s SlideHD reminds us of Rocky Balboa. Unfortunately, not the Rocky Balboa of the original Rocky or even Rocky II . Instead, we’re thinking of Rocky III , where The Champ comes in out of shape and loses to, of all people, Mr. T. What else would you think after picking up Cisco’s Flip SlideHD? Unlike the Flip MinoHD 8GB, which is truly svelte, the SlideHD feels chunky. You can thank the camera’s “slide” feature for much of the chunk.
Pros: Audio-out at last! Large screen is viewable in direct sunlight.
Cons: Thick around the waist; expensive; no charger or HDMI cable; clunky interface.
Excerpt: The Good Simple control and software. 16GB of storage. Good for previewing recorded footage. Capable, though not spectacular HD. The Bad Unresponsive resistive touchscreen. Video and audio quality mostly unchanged. Possibly unreliable slider mechanism. Expensive for the category. Hardware design and the screen The Slide HD is about the same size as the thicker Ultra HD we reviewed last summer and is easily pocketed.
Pros: Simple control and software., 16GB of storage., Good for previewing recorded footage., Capable, though not spectacular HD.
Cons: Unresponsive resistive touchscreen., Video and audio quality mostly unchanged., Possibly unreliable slider mechanism., Expensive for the category.
Summary: If you're looking for a Flip camcorder because you've decided you like it's out-of-the-box simplicity, we don't blame you. We just think that the $279 SlideHD isn't the Flip you should be considering. It costs $80 more than the Flip UltraHD, which also has 16GB of internal memory and a simpler design.
Pros: Brightly lit video qualityLong battery life3.5mm headphone jack
Cons: Bulky and heavyExpensiveFinicky resistive touchscreenLow-resolution displayDoesn't support 1080p
Conclusion: The Cisco Flip SlideHD features an easy-to-use, touch-screen interface and a nifty tilting display for video watching, but if you're looking for recording versatility, you won't find it in this pricey pocket camcorder.
Pros: Sliding, tilting 3-inch LCD. Easy-to-use, touch-screen interface. 16GB of embedded storage. Loud speakers. HDMI out. Bundled FlipShare software simplifies video management and sharing.
Cons: Expensive. No still-image capture. No 1080p recording. No microphone input. Only a portion of the LCD is usable while recording video.
Excerpt: We found plenty of things not to like about the second-generation Flip MinoHD , but its sleek, compact design was not one of them. With the new SlideHD, Flip throws out this most likeable asset, preserves the ho-hum feature set, and backpedals on features like usability. The SlideHD, advertised as a kind of pocket camcorder and TV in one, adopts a slide-out three-inch screen for sharing videos, along with 16GB of internal memory for up to four hours of recording.
Pros: Large 3-inch screen for viewing, Captures sharp 720p video, Generous 16GB internal memory, HDMI and headphone outputs, Intuitive FlipShare software
Cons: Bulkier and heavier than comparable cams, Touch controls complicate shooting, Sloppy, unintuitive playback controls, Too expensive for pocket camcorder, No included HDMI cable, No still mode, SD card slot, or electronic image stabilization, Suffers from motion blur