Flip Video U2120B 8 GB Camcorder - Black
About this product
|Expanded Product Features|
|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, In-Camera Movie Editing, USB Charging, YouTube Capture Mode|
|High Definition Video Support||720p|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Video Capture||H.264 - 1280 x 720 - 7200 sec - 8.8Mbps|
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- fineartvideoMar 1, 2010by
PURE DIGITAL Flip Ultra HD vs. Mino HD
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.Read full review
- italycutie37Jul 2, 2009by
Great video/easy to use and download
This is very easy to use. Uses AA batteries. My son figured out how to use immediately and downloaded. Small enough to carry in your pocket.
- irishrosesJan 4, 2010by
A Gem of a Product
This little camcorder is a gem. Very easy to use and compact so you can take it everywhere. I like being able to instantly plug it into the TV to view videos I have just taken. It is also very easy to upload the videos to YouTube and Facebook. The software is automatically uploaded to your computer when you attach the camera using the "flip" out port. It's great not having to buy more SD cards or other software. I will probably purchase the rechargeable batteries and power plug in the near future. Right now, I am powering it with the 2 AA Duracell batteries it comes with. I may also purchase the little tripod that is availabe so I can use it hands free. Everyone I show it to wants one because of the ease of use, reasonable price and compact design. I bought it for myself for Christmas so that I can have great videos of not only my family but especially of my 14 month old grandchild who is now walking and trying to talk and doing all those great things toddlers do as the grow. This product is also very reasonbly priced. I was able to get mine new and unsed (not refurbished)on eBay for $104.00. Mine has 4GB and 120 mins of recording time. I own the Ultra, my daughter has the Ultra HD and also loves it. She also has a compact, hand held camcorder that is bulkier and more difficult to use. We purchased that camera for over $500 to be used for a course she took in college. I never see her using that camcorder anymore. I highly recomend the "FLIP", especially if you are on a budget and want to capture and share great memories of your family and friends.Read full review
- 121millAug 8, 2009by
Great Product For The Price
Purchased this camera almost new. We went to visit our daughter and first grandchild and it worked very well. It doesn't have the quality of a regular camcorder but it is a lot more convenient when you need it in a hurry. It is very easy to upload the videos to your computer and make a dvd, also. We have only used it for a week so far but we am very pleased with it and have some nice video clips of our new grandchild.
- estunumApr 26, 2011by
Crisp easy HD recording with less of the advanced features.
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.Read full review