"Everyday camcorder" simplifies shooting video, editing, sharing with friends and family, and YouTube publishing to the max
30 November 2011
Excerpt: "Everyday camcorder" simplifies shooting video, editing, sharing with friends and family, and YouTube publishing to the max
Pros: Very easily share videos with friends or on YouTube or Grouper, Ultra-simple operation, usually 1-click, Amazingly good MPEG-4 encoded video and audio quality, Hardware/software/uploading all integrated, Burn DVDs of your videos at numerous stores and chains, Runs a long time on AA batteries
Cons: Reliance on online hosting services, 1.4-inch LCD is a little small, Should include USB cable extender, Ours wasn't totally Vista-compatible
Excerpt: For those who want a HD video solution that can fit into your pocket, Flip Video (Cisco) offers various compact HD digital camcorder options like the UltraHD. This unit is offered in both a 4GB and 8GB model, each with a slightly different list of features. This High Definition pocket video camera sports some nice features packed into a frame that's about the size of your typical smart phone.
Flip UltraHD and MinoHD third-generation camcorders
15 November 2010
Conclusion: With the Flip camcorder, what you record is what you get. There are no image adjustment options, and all footage is captured in the standard 720p HD resolution at 50 frames per second. White balance, black level calibration and exposure control is all handled automatically with no input from the user and video is output in a compressed H.264 format at an average bit rate of 8.8Mbps. But the simplification is by no means a bad thing.
Excerpt: The Good 60FPS video with image stabilization. FlipPort for extending the feature set. Still very simple to use; same for FlipShare. Good audio quality. Neutral color balance. Replaceable battery. The Bad No 1080p or optical zoom. Value is hurting compared to multi-role devices. Visible compression and blur artifacts in video. FlipPort is proprietary. Design and the new FlipPort You'd be forgiven for thinking the Ultra HD has gone unchanged on the outside.
Pros: 60FPS video with image stabilization., FlipPort for extending the feature set., Still very simple to use; same for FlipShare., Good audio quality., Neutral color balance., Replaceable battery.
Cons: No 1080p or optical zoom., Value is hurting compared to multi-role devices., Visible compression and blur artifacts in video., FlipPort is proprietary.
Conclusion: Smooth, balanced footage without tics and jerks trumps slightly-off color every time, and both the accessories and dual battery capabilities make the UltraHD 3 a far more flexible model than any in Flip’s line. But there are other pocketcams that capture higher-resolution video, megapixel stills, and endowed with more capabilities – if not the improved image stabilization or stupid-simple operation – at a similar price.
Pros: Gyro-based anti-jitter, 60 fps smoothes out footage, 16-pin FlipPort allows third-party accessories, Runs on both lithium ion cell and alkaline AAA
Cons: Less natural color, less contrast than previous generation, No still image capture, Micro HD jack, no included cable or adapter, Too expensive for too few capabilities
Excerpt: Quote from review: "As with all pocket camcorders, Flip video quality suffers when compared to full-sized models, a result mostly of lower-cost image processing chips, cheap lenses and footage that shakes like a bridegroom hearing the wedding march - the result of ineffective image stabilization .
Summary: The Flip UltraHD is a solid handheld video camera. It’s a stellar performer that is simple and quick to use. The inclusion of the FlipShare software makes it a step above the many of the other handheld options out there.
Excerpt: The Good HD video at a still-affordable price. Good form factor; HDMI out is new. Very user-friendly hardware and software. Much more storage; longer recording than Mino HD. Replaceable battery. The Bad No optical zoom; same image quality as before. FlipShare is quick but still limited. The Ultra HD is Pure Digital's flagship camcorder and carries 8GB of memory in addition to its high definition (720p) recording. Flip also offers the small form factor Flip Mino HD.
Pros: HD video at a still-affordable price., Good form factor; HDMI out is new., Very user-friendly hardware and software., Much more storage; longer recording than Mino HD., Replaceable battery.
Cons: No optical zoom; same image quality as before., FlipShare is quick but still limited.
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Excerpt: When I first reviewed the Pure Digital Flip camera back in 2007, I liked the camera for its ease of use, video quality, and portability. The video camera pretty much set the video camera world on its ears, with more than 2 million cameras sold since being introduced several years ago--so much so that Cisco Systems snatched up the company. The latest version of the camera, The Flip UltraHD coupled with the latest version of FlipShare, keeps the solution a compelling one.