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The Best Flip once again so far....,
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This review is from: Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (3rd Generation) (Camera)This review is very similar to the review that I gave for the Flip Slid HD when it first came out. (Please see that review also...)
I have been a Flip camera user since they released the first gen. Flip Mino HD (not the new metallic model). I loved the camera. For what I needed it for it was everything I wanted. I soon became addicted to the Flip cameras and needed to purchase the newest one every time they came out.
I currently own the Flip Mino HD (1st gen) Flip Ultra HD (2nd Gen) Flip Slide HD, and now the Flip Ultra HD (3rd Gen with Flip Port). I also own a Canon GL2 and Vixia 30 video cameras and a Canon Xi digital SLR.
I got home from school on Tuesday and found my brand new Flip Ultra HD waiting for me. I had about 20 minutes to open the package, look and set up the features (time, date, etc.) before I had to leave for marching band rehearsal. During rehearsal I did some test shooting and I was very impressed with the quality of this camera, but I was worried about a few features.
I was reluctant at first to purchase this camera because of the 60fps feature. I did own a Kodak Zi8 and the 720p 60fps setting didn't not import into Final Cut Pro. I had to take it into compressor or some other software and change the file extension in order for Final Cut Pro to import it. Of course this causes a decrease in quality.
I was also reluctant because of the image stabilization feature. When image stabilization is added to a camera (of this size) video quality usually suffers. I know flips can be very shaky if you do not have a well trained hand. After a few hours a playing you will figure out the right movements that the camera can incorporate so your video will not come out shaky.
I don't use my Flip Slide HD because of the omni directional microphone. I can not record loud situations because the microphone distorts. This is my biggest fault with the Slide HD. I was a little concerned with the new Flip Ultra HD that it would have the same problem even though it uses a different microphone, but what really sold me on this new Flip was the accessories and the FLIP PORT.
Right off the bat I noticed all of the new accessories that they are pushing for the Flips, the aquapacks, the igo chargers, and my favorite is the magnetic Bower Wide Angel Lens. Flip and Cisco have finally started listening to its customers, but what put it over the top for me was Blue Microphones. Blue Microphones makes vintage and out of this world recording, studio, usb microphones. I own one of their USB Microphones called the Snow Ball and the quality of that microphone is amazing. When I found out that Blue Microphones was making a microphone (mikey) for the new Flip to be used with the new Flip Port, I purchased mine right away.
So the Review...
The Ultra HD has always been my favorite because of its size. I think the bigger it is the better control you will have and the less shaky video you will produce. The new Ultra HD is smaller, but not that much. It feels good in your hands. The controls and the screen are in the same place. It is a nice fit in your hand.
I was very shocked at how well the image stabilization worked. If you have used a flip before this one you know that the slightest movement will create shaky video. You can tell that this one has image stabilization. It still can produce shaky video but it might take a big jolt to do it.
The 60 fps was great. It was much clearer video and with the image stabilization it made everything much smoother and clearer in the view finder, even in low light situations. I did check when I got home and the 60fps does import right into Final Cut Pro for editing without any compression. (Probably cause the videos are in MP4 format)
Overall I think this is the best Flip Camera out on the market. I like this one better than the Mino because of the touch screen controls. Sometimes pressing the touch screen controls on the Mino will cause the camera to shake.
I hope this review was helpful. Please feel free to leave comments or questions.
See my comparison of my Flip Cameras below.
Flip Mino HD - Good Microphone (2nd out of all of them), doesn't have as wide as a shooting angle as the Ultra's. Very small in the hand, at times hard to control.
Flip Ultra HD (2nd Gen) - Good Microphone (3rd out of all of them) Wide Angle for shooting, Feels good in the hand, sturdy, wont break if dropped. Double A batteries only last a few hours, rechargeable battery pack has short life span. Unit can get hot when charging - may even shut down.
Flip Slide HD - Poor Microphone (in loud situations) - its omni directional so it picks up all around the Flip not just in the front like the others. (4th out of all of them) Touch controls are better than the Flip Mino, however this has no hard buttons. The Slide does have the largest storage capacity and is second in video quality only to the new Flip Ultra HD.
Flip Ultra HD (3rd Gen Flip Port) - Widest Angle for shooting, feels the best in the hand, has the Best Microphone and currently I believe has the best video quality. This also is the only unit that has the new Flip Port.
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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2011 5:48:40 AM PST
You hit the red record button once to start recording and then hit it once again to stop recording.
Posted on Apr 15, 2011 9:08:58 AM PDT
Aunt Lynn says:
Thanks for the review. I am considering buying a mini-cam for the first time to record meetings and have been told that I definitely want to get one that has external mic capability to capture the sound well. I am going back and forth between one of the Flips and the Kodak Zi8, which has an external mic jack (and quite a few choices for mics). You mention that Blue Microphones is making a Mikey for this Flip, so does that mean I will be able to get what I need from this camera, and is that my only option for an external mic? Thank you.
Posted on Apr 15, 2011 5:20:55 PM PDT
I've been reading so many pros and cons on Flips. My question is this: I need a camera with good enough quality to be able to send auditions to my agent through email. My JVC GR-D77OU uses a mini dvd but has no way to connect to my computer (I don't have a firewire port). Assuming I'll be using a tripod, will the sound and picture quality on the Flip Ultra HD 8 gig be as good in your opinion?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2011 12:01:53 PM PDT
I had the Kodak Zi8 and I found the sound to have a high pitch hiss in it even after the update. I does have and external microphone port and it does clear up the audio, but personally I do not like the video quality of the Zi8. Blue Microphones are or should I say where making a microphone which also featured and external microphone input. That would be the only option for an external microphone, but with the announcement that Cisco is killing the flip, I wonder if this product will get made.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 27, 2011 12:09:37 PM PDT
I think it sounds and looks great for a hand held camera that is not ment to replace HD cameras. I have shot entire movies using just my flip cameras. Below is a link to a video I posted on youtube. It is a video of my percussion group at WGI finals. I used my 1st gen flip mino, 2nd gen flip ultra, and my flip slidehd to shoot this video. However the Flip Ultra HD 3rd gen was not out at the time. I then took the video and edited it in Final Cut Pro. It has a little compression. Hopefully this helps.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 8:46:51 AM PDT
Singers wife says:
Is this available yet....I cant find it. I am looking for a camcorder with excellent sound...to record my husband when he performs in nightclubs (so low light/stage lighting settings). I have a Sony ($400) and the sound suffers...
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 6:25:42 AM PDT
Sara Glauser says:
Getting ready to take my kids to see their Grandparents(oddly enough near you N. Farrell), and I am very much an amateur when it comes to taking videos. I just want something that I can capture those special Grandparent moments on. I have a really old Sony Hi 8 Video Camera, but I wan something small and compact. My question to you is, is this the right camera for someone like me? Is it easy to use, and then easy to transfer the videos, and have you ever then burned the videos to a dvd? Thanks for the input.
Sara (Fellow Upstate New Yorker)
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 6:38:18 AM PDT
If you can run an old Sony Hi 8 Video Camera than you can easily operate a flip. Hit the power button and hit the record button to record, hit the record button again to stop recording and thats it. This is very small and very compact. I usually never go anywhere without one of my flips. I just bought the new third generation mino and it is just as good at the ultra, but it doesn't have a flip port. I have burnt these files to a dvd before. They record just in a mp4 format and are easily played by window media player or quicktime player depending on what type of computer you have. This is a great camera, just keep a steady hand when shooting video and you will be in good shape. You can't go wrong with this camera (this is my opinion).
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2011 4:48:30 PM PDT
Sara Glauser says:
How well do the recorded DVDs play on a regular DVD player, or do they?
Posted on May 26, 2011 2:02:30 PM PDT
I. Gross Georg says:
I just want to thank you Nick for being so incredibly patient with people who obviously have no idea what they can realistically expect from a low priced camcorder. You make it easy for all of us to understand.