"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.
Summary: Another minor refresh from Flip Video, the new UltraHD is a small, simple camcorder with only a handful of new features to differentiate it from the last model in the range. There are a couple of glaring omissions -- no 1080p or photo modes, for example -- but it's still a great choice.
Cons: No memory card slot;. HD up to 720p only;. no photo mode;. no HDMI cable provided.
Excerpt: Cisco’s Flip Video UltraHD is available in two hour and one hour versions and it is not just the recording time that separates these two models. The one hour model costs $149.99 and it is the same as UltraHD that I reviewed last year but with smaller storage capacity. The The UltraHD 2 Hour (2H) come with plenty of new features.
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.
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 Ultra HD is a decent pocket-friendly camcorder. With high frame rates and good quality image stabilisation it’s definitely the best Flip we have seen so far. If you intend on doing most of your filming outdoors then this is a great choice.
Summary: Provided you've got steady hands, the Flip UltraHD is a great solution for capturing quick video, but as Flip cameras have become more high-end, other companies have met it in the middle then strolled right past it, with better specced, similarly sized shooters for cheaper. Unless you're a die hard Flip fan, it's hard to recommend this over the Toshiba Camileo S10.