|Flip UltraHD Video Camera Camcorder Black 8 GB, 2 Hours, 3rd Generation, U32120B|
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|flip video ultra HD camcorder u2120 u2120b v2.53|
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|UPC||0745883590230, 745883590216, 745883590230, 886541018816|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash card|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Focus Adjustment||Focus Free|
|Memory / Storage|
|Integrated Memory size||8 GB|
|Video Recording Length||2 Hours|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI output, 1 x USB|
|System Requirements for PC Connection|
|Operating System Supported||Apple Mac OS X 10.4 - 10.5, Apple Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Apple Mac OS X 10.5.x, Apple Mac OS X 10.6.x, MS Windows 7, MS Windows Vista, MS Windows XP|
|Battery Form Factor||Standard form factor|
|Digital Video Format||H.264|
|Additional Features||Auto Power Save, Built-In Speaker, Date/Time Stamp, USB 2.0 Compatibility, USB Charging, YouTube Capture Mode, in-camera movie editing|
|High Definition Video Support||720p|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Video Capture||H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 7200 sec - 8.8Mbps|
Shoots 720p HD video; high-quality video for its class; easy to use; uses rechargeable AA batteries; FlipShare software compatible with both Mac and Windows machines.
Somewhat pricey; no memory card slot; no cable included for HD output to HDTVs.
The Flip Video UltraHD may not be the sexiest mini camcorder out there, but it offers a respectable feature set and some of the best video we've seen from this type of cheap, YouTube-friendly camcorder.
Average review score based on 117 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I was quite happy with my 2009 version of the Flip Mino HD for my intended purpose of capturing quick casual videos. I carried it everywhere, like my cell phone, so it was available when no other camcorder was. The best camcorder is the one you have with you.
One day, I planned a trip to a great snorkling spot in the Bahamas. I needed an underwater housing for my Mino, and was disappointed to discover the housing was only available for the new Flip Ultra HD. I was forced to part with my Mino and buy a new Ultra.
The Ultra is larger than the Mino, but offers several advantages to offset it's larger size. Like the Mino, it also shoots in high definition video mode at 720 lines. And it's just as easy to operate. With similar specs, I figured the image would be about the same. Much to my surprise, it was quite a bit better. It has truer more vibrant color, better contrast and is just a little sharper around the edges than the Mino. Low light sensitivity is better, too. Probably due to the newer version rendering engine, because the imaging sensor is the same.
Here are some other truly notable advantages of the Ultra over last year's Mino. It has two hours of shooting time instead of one hour (although this year's Mino does, too). The included battery pack runs 2.5 hours, but it can be removed and replaced with two off-the-shelf AA batteries. If you use lithium AA batteries, you can shoot six hours. Nice for a vacation. The mike is stereo, unlike the mono on the Mino. It also has some real bottom end to it, eliminating the thin sound of the Mino. The viewfinder is larger with more pixels, making it much more useful. Since the Ultra is thicker than the Mino, the lens sits farther back into the body. As a result, the sun shading is much better with less lens flare when shooting into the light. There is an HDMI connector to view HD video directly on an HD TV. You'll need to purchase an HDMI cable. It doesn't come with the Ultra.
If there's a weak link of this camcorder, it's keeping the image steady. There is no image stabilizer. The camera shoots 30 frames per second in progressive mode. The nature of progressive mode tends to make any image look jittery during pans or fast motion. Even though it's bigger than the Mino, you still need to learn to hold this camera rock steady with both hands when you shoot, and must pan very slowly. Careful steady shooting with a progressive camera rewards the user with a film-like effect.
The Ultra also lacks an optical zoom like all the Flips. The digital zoom is nearly useless as it just magnifies the pixel size, losing sharpness as you zoom. Better to shoot wide angle, and zoom in during the editing process. Same effect, but you have more latitude in framing your shot after the fact. The built in USB plug lets you charge the camcorder on any computer as well as transfer the files to the hard drive. Because the USB connector comes out of the side of the body and not from the top like the Mino, it puts less strain on the computer's USB jack.
For it's intended purpose of shooting casual video, it's an excellent camcorder that goes beyond most people's expectations for it's size and price. By learning it's strong and weak points, and with a little practice, a capable user can create some great videos with a Flip Ultra HD. With the underwater housing and a steady hand, the results are documentary worthy.
I loved my first edition FLIP video camera so it was a no-brainer to move up to HD with the digital FLIP UltraHD, 120 minutes. These digital movie cameras are compact enough to fit in a pocket, purse, or day pack without a problem. It is camera that can go almost anywhere to shoot parts of graduation, your kid's birthday party, swimming at the dock, capturing exciting moments at a baseball game, or making a memory of your latest vacation.
The drawbacks are its durability. This camera is not water-proof and I would not take a chance to go mountain climbing with it. The zoom is limited and the small screen makes this product a move down from "excellent" to "good".
I still decided to purchase this camera for ease of filming and just as importantly how it downloads in its digital format. The USB-like arm springs out when a button is pushed. You simply insert this to your storage device and the filming segments are transferred. Did I forget to mention that automatic software is incorporated within the camera? The features of the software are easy to use to organize, edit, and share with friends or family. I believe this type of format with its relatively economic price tag will continue to make FLIP cameras outstanding!
I purchased this little gadget to record videos for my You Tube channel. I won this in an Ebay auction, and I paid $45 + $9.95 shipping. I thought that it was a good price for a 'newsed' item, since it normally sells at Target for $100+. It is a basic entry-level video camera, with zoom in and out functions - but you have to do it manually. There is also no auto-focus. It is smaller than an I-phone, and comes with a soft fabric case and wrist holder. It can easily fit into an evening bag/clutch, and the bag will be able to close properly.
I have to say that it is extremely easy to use. The memory holds up to 2 hours of footage. If you want more, just transfer your recordings to an external drive or your computer to keep going. To recharge the battery, simply plug it into your computer's port like you would with a phone. You can alternatively use AAA batteries, if the lithium battery runs out of power and you are unable to charge it up in time for when you want to use the camera.
The files are mp4s, and the quality and audio is impressive even in a dimly lit area. When I export these to my computer, I have to convert them to 'wmvs' so that I don't have any issues with that wacky Windows Movie Maker that I use to edit my videos. The Flip camera comes with it's own software that you can use for editing your movies, but it is limited, so I don't use it. Once I did try, and it took forever and a day to edit a clip that was about 5 mins long!!
Come December 2013, Flip will no longer be supported by Cisco. They are closing the doors on making video cameras.
I wanted to get into video-blogging, but didn't want to use my mom's video camera for it so, I asked for this one for Christmas.
-Shoots good quality videos with amazing audio too.
-Very easy to use, a completely tech newbie could figure this out.
-Simple design, nothing flashy or complicated.
-Great customer service, answered my question within 24 hours.
-Easy to hold, exterior is soft and "grippy" feeling. Also light weight, not bulky.
-Lens is exposed; I keep it in the pouch at all times when I'm not using it to keep the lens from getting damaged.
-Power button is too easily pushed; Sometimes I go to pick it up or put it in my bag, it turns itself on. Thankfully, it powers itself off after a minute.
-Battery won't last for the full 120 minutes, must charge after a few uses.
-Mine wouldn't turn on after I disconnected it from the computer, I had to take the battery out and put it back in to make it work. Just hit a button to light up the screen before disconnecting and it's fine.
-The FlipShare editing software isn't very good. It might be if you only wanted to cut some off the beginning or end of the video, but if there's something in the middle of the clip you want to cut, too bad. Windows Movie Maker decreases the video quality considerably, invest in better editing software like Sony Vegas.
All in all, I really love this camera, it's light weight and easy to use. The few cons are easy to overlook (or fix) with all the great things the Flip Ultra HD has to offer.
I cannot believe that Cisco shut down the Flip Video operation. If I had any money I'd buy it. This product can easily be positioned to a different market than the smart phone video sender.The Flip system is for not very technically-oriented people who want to make and keep videos, kids growing up, etc. low cost, ease of use.Age 35-plus people who feel an I-Phone is not for them. I know that single use products are frowned upon these days so bye bye Flip.
It can't be any easier to use. 2 hours of high definition video. carry it anywhere. Use Flipshare to email clips to you friends.
I do have one gripe and that is there needs to be editing capability on Flipshare. If they were still in business I would suggest a premium Flipshare for a little more money.
Unless someone can see a way to make money on Flipshare support, it goes away 12/31/13