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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. However like ever product not everyone is going to love it one hundred percent. I did find a few faults with the my Mino HD.
#1 - I thought the camera was a little to small and felt very flimsy in my hand. My hand shaking seemed to be amplified by the very small flimsy feeling camera in my hand.
#2 - The touch sensitive controls were not that sensitive and pressing the controls caused the camera to shake and jerk.
But for the most part loved the sound and thought the picture was great.
Soon the Flip Ultra HD came out and I had to have it. Selling points on this camera were more storage space, no touch sensitive controls, and it was bigger and felt much more durable in the hand. But just like the Mino I did have some complaints.
#1 - The rechargable batteries sucked and when I tried to recharge them my camera kept getting hot, causing it to shut down or stop charging.
#2 - The microphone on the camera I thought was not as good as the Mino. Me being a band director I find that at times it distorts when filming my drumlines and band playing, but it was only on initial loud hits and pops.
Other than that I loved this camera and I use this one most of the time. This one has a wider shot then the Mino. It doesn't have touch sensitive controls making zooming much smoother. The camera is much larger and when my hand shakes the camera (video) tends not to.
Recently Cisco came out with the Flip Slide HD and once again I had to have it. I bought it the day it came out and took it to WGI World Percussion Championships in Dayton Ohio for some testing.
At first I was a little skeptical about the touch screen since I was not a fan of the Mino HD's touch sensitive controls. I was not to worried about the size since I think the bigger the size the more control you have and the less shaky your footage will be.
I think this shoots the best footage of all Flip Cameras. It is crystal clear. I was real surprised by the touch screen. It is not as sensitive as I thought it was going to be. Actually it is like if I was using my Flip Ultra HD. I love the feel in the hand. I am not real picky about the Slide out screen. I think that it is a great idea/feature and used it a few times this past weekend. The slide bar is a little confusing at first but you do get the hang of it. Its really not that big of a deal, but some people find this frustrating and give the camera a poor rating. I don't understand that. I love that they put a headphone jack on the camera. In the past two models I felt that the video got very pixelated when the camera was zoomed. I don't see that as much with the Flip Slide Hd. The video stays pretty clear when zooming.
I have only one issue with the camera. The Flip Slide HD has an omnidirectional microphone which is great (I am pretty sure the others use a unidirectional microphone), but it is really sensitive. Being close to my drumline at World Championships caused the camera to distort big time (inaudible at times). When I moved back away from them it got better (moved back like 15 - 20 yards). I am hoping that this will get fixed maybe in a firmware update or something like this.
I do have to say that I am a little upset with Cisco. I thought the new Flip camera would at least have image stabilization and the so much talked about WiFi capabilities, but no such luck. This however will not turn me away from my beloved Flip Cameras.
I have used a number of other HD Cameras such as the Kodak Zi8, and I prefer the Flip.
In my opinion
Flip Mino HD - Best Microphone
Flip Ultra HD - Widest Angle for shooting, feels the best in the hand
Flip Slide HD - Best Video Quality
****UPDATE**** (June 7th, 2010)
I have finally gotten around to uploading some video to youtube that showcases the Flip SlideHD and the Flip Mino HD. (click the youtube video link at the bottom of this update) You will be able to see and hear the difference in quality. The first four clips of the video were shot with the Flip Slide HD. You can see that the microphone is very active and I am standing about 10 to 15 feet away when I am video taping. The 5th, 6th, and 7th clips in the video are shot using the Flip Mino HD. I switch because it started raining and the Mino is my older camera so I really didnt care to much about getting it wet. The very last clip of the video is with the Flip slide HD. It stopped raining so I got out the new one to do more tests, since I only had the camera for about 2 days. The video was made in Final Cut Studio so there has been some compression to the video.
Hope this video helps a little.
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Initial post: Apr 25, 2010 10:19:59 AM PDT
B. Jones says:
Thanks for this excellent review. I have a few questions about the battery:
1. Does it have the same overheat problem during charging as previous flip cameras?
2. How many hours of HD video can you record before the battery runs out?
3. Can the battery be removed so you can insert a fully-charged spare when it runs out?
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 25, 2010 10:56:45 AM PDT
B. Jones -
#1 - I have only charged the camera once and it has not overheated. The only one that overheats is my Flip Ultra HD and I am pretty sure that it is because of the rechargable batteries supplied with the camera. (I don't think they are that good, and I am recharging through my computer not the wall adaptor.)
#2 - I have no idea to this question because I have only charged the camera once (when I first got it). I have about two hours recorded so far and have a bout 75% charge left on the battery.
#3 - The batteries are internal. The only Flip HD Camera that allows you to remove the batteries and replace them is the Flip Ultra HD.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Apr 30, 2010 7:01:17 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 30, 2010 7:33:58 AM PDT
I am not now or have ever been an employee of Flip. I am a music teacher in New York, so before you start pointing fingers and making blanket accusations you should check your facts. Don't be angry. $279 is a little high, but you get a great camera that has some cool features. I love Flip and will keep promoting it. Great Camera Guys (for the casual user) Keep it up!!!
Instrumental Music Teacher
Posted on Jun 5, 2010 5:07:12 PM PDT
hah wish my band director or even caption head was that enthusiastic about our drumming when i was in high school. how did your drummers do at Dayton? do they have a vid on youtube? good review btw. im still undecided whether i should get the ultra hd or the Kodak PlaySport (Zx3) HD because its waterproof up to ten feet...
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2010 8:53:56 PM PDT
The group did good. We finished 14th in the world. Not to bad for our first year at WGI Championships. I don't know much about the Playsport but am interested. Here is a link to video of the drumline in the lot at WGI Championships. I shot using both the Mino and the new Slide. The first 4 clips in the video are with the Slide, the 5, 6, and 7th clips are with the Mino and the last clip with the Slide.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Jul 15, 2010 2:54:50 PM PDT
Tracy R., Schmid says:
This is a fabulous review and is really helping me with my decision. I'm about to purchase the Flip SlideHD but I read one review on Costco.com that the slide kept locking up. Have you had any such problems?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2010 7:13:49 PM PDT
I havent really had any such problems. Its never locked up with me, but you have to remember with any touch screen if you touch the screen fast and furious it will lock up for a second. Because of the microphone I really only use the slide when I need to do far away shots or shots that don't have lots of noise (as you can see I do lots of music recording).
Hope this helps!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2010 12:07:55 PM PDT
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A. Su says:
Thanks for your reviews which I found very helpful! I have the original Ultra (1 hour) and the newer Ultra HD (2 hours) and use them both when I go to dance competitions. My original Ultra, which has had heavy use over the years in addition to being dropped on a number of occasions and being exposed to the elements when traveling, has started doing this weird thing ... it produces a reddish tint in the video. It comes and goes. I have been wanting to get the new Slide model so I think now is the time! I also sometimes have overheating issues when recharging my Ultra HD.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 23, 2010 8:16:42 AM PDT
C. Steele says:
Hi I have the FlipHD and love it, although I will be the first in line when they have a stabilizer. I did change out the battery system to some rechargeable and love it now. The time left that is displayed is memory, not the power. I found this out the hard way and missed recording an occasion that I had been anticipating for more than four years. Wished I had my old recorder for that day. Don't trust the original battery pack.