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This review is from: Flip UltraHD Video Camera - Black, 8 GB, 2 Hours (2nd Generation) (Electronics)
So when I was 17 (and convinced that I would someday be famous) I really wanted a video camcorder to try my hand at making movies, or to film myself to see whether I had what it took to be a TV reporter, but never could justifying spending $500+ on one. Over the years I moved onto other tech cravings and ambitions. Then last year a friend showed me the Flip Mino - and I had to have one. It was super easy to use and fun, and I started getting great videos of my own kids - and captured moments that otherwise would have been fleeting, including my youngest child's first steps. I wish this had been around when I was a kid. Anyway, the Mino is great, but it's tiny tiny tiny. That's convenient when it comes to having a camcorder on you at all times, or when trying to get into events that prohibit cameras, and the screen is really small. So I just picked up this new Flip - the Ultra HD. The screen is wonderfully large. It comes with a rechargeable AA battery back, which works through the USB, but it looks like you can throw in regular AA batteries in a pinch. Sound quality is great, video seems even better than the Mino. Only drawback with both the Mino and Ultra is you have to keep your hand steady when filming - but I find that easier to do with the Ultra than the Mino. Also, it's not ideal for filming kids' concerts, because the zoom is only 2x. But for capturing otherwise fleeting moments in great quality, the Ultra HD is now my standby. The software that comes with it makes it easy to email videos to family and friends, or to upload a video to Flickr or wherever. Bottom line is I've been carrying this thing around nonstop since I got it. Hasn't made me famous yet, but I love my Ultra.
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Initial post: Jun 26, 2009 1:56:21 PM PDT
You know Chamberlain, you post a great review that really shows the difference between the two cameras-thanks!
Posted on Aug 4, 2009 11:31:59 AM PDT
Thanks for your real world assessment of the Flip Ultra HD pocket camera. I think I am going to get one here on Amazon myself and record precious memories of my 3 Grandchildren. Boy do I wish I was 17 again as well. Thanks for your great informative review and comments on this Pocket Camera. Again, thank you for sharing your insight on this product.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009 6:37:24 AM PDT
Tommy Boy says:
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2009 9:44:22 AM PDT
Neil W. Ballou says:
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2009 6:25:31 AM PDT
B. Gibbs says:
shut up cause i got the flip also and it is everything he said it was the best video camera I've ever had so there!!!
Posted on Dec 8, 2009 3:03:41 AM PST
A. Zustra says:
thanks for the comparison of video recording a kids concert or something that needs more distance. that is exactly what I needed to know before I switch from canon's to this. Maybe one day they can get better zoom.
Posted on Dec 9, 2009 12:41:17 AM PST
nikon fan says:
I really like this Flip Video HD, even with the charging problem I think it is worth the money. I just got rid of the rechargeable batteries and replaced with quality rechargeables, and it has been fantastic. I took this camera to a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert and got well over an hour of recording before the batteries needed replacing. No problem pop in some AA's and you are good to go. I e-mailed some of the clips to friends and family and they were very impressed. I did not tell them I got the footage with my $169.00 pocket video camera. I would recommend this camera to anyone who asks, but be prepared to just toss the battery pack that comes with it.
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