Summary: Low-light performance was also better than with the others, but not great. (Hey, it’s time you guys put LEDs into these puppies for low light, or add a night mode.) Don’t get your hopes too high, however—the video still can’t touch output from those obsolete HDV camcorders. But those don’t fit in your pocket, either. So where does this leave us?
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.
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.