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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.
What I love about the "Flip Video Ultra HD" is that its small enough to put into your pocket and take it anywhere you go and the prise is great you don't have to pay an arm&leg to have it. The video taking is just awsome high defenition.
But the problem is that the charging battery is an issue for some reason when I plug the USB part of the flip ultra into my laptop it say "It's really hot Charging paused" meaning its 2hot and its not charging. So I started looking online to see is there anyway to fix the problem and I found 2 answers that may work. But it'll cost you more $$ ( but you can get these items pretty cheap on Ebay or either Amazon).
1) You need to buy a USB Adapter and a 2.0 USB Cable for the flip ultra to charge. First you'll need to plug the Flip ultra USB into the USB 2.0 Cable then plug that into the USB adapter then plug the adapter to the wall charger thingy.
2) You can try plugging the Flip ultra into the computer with out the chargable battery then once its pluged in then you put the battery in the flip ultra while its still pluged into the computer after that you safely eject the icon or white disc to unplug the Flip ultra and once thats unplug wait a comple of seconds and plug it in with the chargable battery still in it. It should show that its charging. Other then that everything about the flip ultra is great to have. I'm still keeping mines I'll work the problem out in any way I can.
If you feel that its not worth the money or the hassle then the flip ultra is not for you! Check out reviews about this problem on YouTube.com.. Good Luck and take care
Videos look very nice. 720P hd is very nice, but not as good as 1080. Oh well, that's ok. 60 fps makes for smooth looking video also. I wish there was optical stabilization but for $150 it's as good as it gets. It has however kinda weak, electronic stabilization, slightly effective, better than nothing. Best to hold with two hands when zoomed in, especially when you play back on a big screen, it's very annoying all those jitter and shaking. Have not used it long enough to evaluate battery life, but I'm sure it's decent.
The Flip Video UltraHD is a very simple to use with a beautiful HD picture. The stabilizing system works very well and software that comes with it downloads instantly. All and all if you want something to take great videos while you save you cellphone batteries for other things, this is it and the price is right.
Nice looking, Stereo audio recording are the pluses. No zoom lens, and lack of features available in most other cams are negatives. I also do not want a cam with permanent contained memory- Get one with removeable SD cards. Kodak Zi8 is a better choice.
Ease of use, it's simple. It's light weight, small, and convenient to keep with me. I always have my flip in my purse because one never knows when a photo opportunity will arise. I am a professional video producer, and have a video library for use in my productions. My only dissatisfaction is using the editing/movie making program included with the flip. For those who want to throw something together for relatives or friends, it fills the bill. But for me, it's not enough and I must load it into my Adobe Primere Pro Program where the formats don't match. It requires getting additional software to convert and import into my Adobe editing program.
The Flip Video is compact and easy to use. I use it for Business and Family and the video quality is excellent. It is easy to charge in your USB port of a computer and the battery and the 8 GB last a long time. In fact, I have used the video camera for about 20 recording sessions and I have not even taken 1 GB of memory
good camera. recommended for youtube and home videos. battery life is that great but besides that overall a good product.