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Flip UltraHD Video Camera – White, 8 GB, 2 Hours OLD MODEL

October 26, 2010 by  
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  • Easy-to-use, pocket-sized HD camcorder featuring one-touch recording and digital zoom
  • Simple user interface lets you start capturing video just seconds after powering on
  • Captures 120 minutes of HD video on 8 GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required
  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch FlipShare software
  • Built-in FlipShare software lets you easily email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still photos from video, and even upload video to sharing sites likeYouTube and MySpace

Product Description
The Flip UltraHD Camcorder combines Flip Videos signature shoot-and-share simplicity with the power of vivid, vibrant HD video. Power on and press record to start capturing incredible HD video in seconds. When its time to share your video, use the flip-out USB arm to connect to any PC or Mac and launch built-in FlipShare editing and video-sharing software. Built-in FlipShare software lets you easily email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture st… More >>


Flip UltraHD Video Camera – White, 8 GB, 2 Hours OLD MODEL

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5 Responses to “Flip UltraHD Video Camera – White, 8 GB, 2 Hours OLD MODEL”
  1. A. Chandler says:

    If I’m going to spend more than a hundred bucks on an item or somewhere around there, I do extensive research first to know I got the best bang-for-the-buck and, consequently, dodge any potential future buyer’s remorse.

    I’ve realized that the time I spend doing my product comparisons is often time that others don’t have so I may as well share what I can.

    I’ll start by saying that you’ll see my “Verified Amazon Purchase” on the Flip HD Ultra Camcorder review because, obviously, that’s the one I wound up buying and I’ll share with you why. But what I like in a camcorder may not suit your own needs so I’ll break it down and let you decide what’s best for you via what I found out:

    Here are the pocket camcorders I compared:

    Flip UltraHD (will be referred to as “F”)

    Flip Mino HD 2nd generation (Will be referred to as “M”)

    Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB 2nd generation (Will be referred to as “CL”)

    Kodak Zi6 Pocket HD (Will be referred to as “K”)

    Why HD cameras only? Brighter colors and better images, wider images

    HD SHOOTING TIME:

    F: 120 minutes.

    M: 120 minutes

    CL:120 minutes

    K: 25 minutes with batteries they included, 120 minutes if you buy an SD card

    MEMORY:

    F: 8 GB

    M:8 GB

    CL: 8 GB

    K: internally only 30 MB recording space but it has 32 GB expandable SD/SDHC card slot. Because it comes with such small recording space you really need to buy an SD or SDHC card to maximize its potential, but the potential is really good and this will increase your ability to shoot longer.

    RESOLUTION:

    All 720p which is excellent, just one step below the top 1080p format.

    MICROPHONE:

    F: Stereo

    M: Mono **Update** They are now putting Stereo Mics in the Minos as of 2010.

    CL: Mono

    K: Mono

    SOUND:

    F:Premier AAC audio. Best stereo sound quality but still not great in winds

    M:Good sound quality. Still not good in winds.

    CL:Poor sound quality; had issues with sound and picture not being in sync.

    K:Poor sound quality

    ZOOM:

    F: 2x

    M:2x

    CL:2x

    K: poor quality zoom on the one I tried but I still think it’s 2x. It has a great macro focus for very close-up objects if, for example, you see a bumble bee and want to shoot it on a leaf a few inches away! Kinda cool.

    CAMERA SIZE AND WEIGHT:

    F: 4.3×2.2×1.2 4 oz

    M: 3.9x2x0.6 3. 3 oz

    CL: 3.9x3x0.6 3.5 oz

    K: 5.5×2.5.0.9 5.6 oz

    SHIPPING SIZE AND WEIGHT:

    F: 6.2 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 11.2 ounces

    M: 2 x 0.7 x 3.9 inches ; 1 pound

    CL: 3.3 x 7.9 x 6.3 inches ; 11.2 ounces

    K: 4x 5x 2.5″ 2.4 lbs

    TECHNICAL DETAILS:

    F: USB cable pops out of the back so you don’t need to keep up with a separate cable. Comes with Flip Video rechargeable AA battery pack (recharges when connected to USB); also supported by standard AA batteries. Note: Some sets come with the HDMi mini included and others come with the rechargeable battery pack on Amazon. Looks like one or the other but of course if you need both you can buy the other.

    M: USB cable pops out of the back on this one as well. Has child safe button to prevent accidental deletion of videos. Internal lithium ion battery recharges through built-in USB arm

    CL: USB in camcorder. Included in box are HDMI cable (nice), USB extension cable,(nice)silicon skin (cool) & rechargeable battery.

    K: Included in box are HD and AV cables and wrist strap and rechargeable batteries and battery charger. Has built in USB arm.

    SPEED:

    F: 30 frames per second.

    M: 30 frames per second

    CL: 30 frames per second

    K: choice of 30 frames per second or 60 frames per second.

    VIEWING SCREEN: All 2″ except the Kodak was the largest at 2.4″

    IMPORTANT NOTES:

    F: Best low-light performance for the mini cameras (though not perfect at all) and least amount of blurring and dropped frames in my opinion. Best color. Only one with stereo sound. You can get an underwater case for this one! Though that may sound crazy for a Texan, we use the camera non-stop on vacations and even when we aren’t IN the water, we are around the water…on boats, in the sand with sea mist, etc. Then we can dive in and record the fish. Comes preloaded with flipshare software…just plug in to computer and it pops up. Only one with stereo sound.

    M: Colors don’t appear as good on the Mino as the other cameras. Thinnest camera. Make sure you get the one that only comes in the color aluminum or brushed metal. If it comes in any other colors it is the 1st generation MinoHD and they improved upon that one in the newer models. Great audio. Better shooting in low light than most mini cameras. Camera comes preloaded with FlipShare software. Can get still images through flipshare software.

    CL: Decent filming in low light but not nearly as good as the Ultra or Mino; Software is preloaded in camcorder.

    K: This is the only camera that I compared without the built in image stabilizatin which corrects for shaky images. What appears to be metal in picture is actually a chrome colored plastic. That said, this had the largest viewing screen of all of them. 2.4″ Very poor in low light and seemed to have far more shaking and blurring. It also takes still pictures but they are really really poor quality…same as a lesser-quality cell phone pictures but good in a pinch if you want a still shot and have no cell or camera I s’pose. Heaviest for a pocket camera. Software is not preloaded in camcorder but a cd comes with it.

    HOW CNET’S EDITORS RATED THE CAMERAS:

    F Excellent

    M Excellent

    CL Very Good

    K Very Good

    And, finally, the reviews of the Flip from experts swayed me quite a bit:

    Fast Company: “Flip Ultra HD is Pure Digital’s “Best Pocket Camcorder Yet.” 6-09

    USA Today: “New Flip Ultra Video Cameras Might Flip Your Switch” 4-09

    Business Week: How do you Invigorate a Recession? Look to i-phone, Flip, Kindle, and Zip Car For Answers

    There were lootttts more I came across when researching the Flip Ultra HD but those are some of my favorites.

    CONCLUSION: Clearest picture and sound was important to me, expert reviews that pointed to the Flip UltraHD as well and I liked the built in software and the case I can get to shoot underwater. It is the number one selling camcorder as well. So that was my personal decision-making process. However, keep in mind that if you need reading glasses none of that will matter if the 2″ screen is too small for your viewing the shots easily for playback in which case you may wish to get the Kodak if that’s important to you..

    Also: No matter which one you get, you will probably want a mini tripod if you ever want to be in the shot yourself do don’t forget those.

    Also note: It’s confusing because when these manufacturers make changes in the camcorders, they do not change the names on the new versions, nor do they change the names if it’s an HD version or a non-HD version so be sure you look for the “HD” after the brand name and look for “2nd generation” or “newer version” on the Mino and Vado if you like one of those better so you don’t get the older models.

    Hope my obsessive comparing and contrasting for my own purchasing assistance helped you as well even if what you wanted in a camera was different from me. :-)

    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. VideoInFocus says:

    Watch Video Here: http://www.amazon.com/review/R21ECF3J5Q19F2 This video shows you what you get, and how it compares to the Flip MinoHD. Why should you buy one over the other, when they are similarly priced? Shows a side-by-side comparison of the video, and a feature comparison table.

    Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes (Black)Flip UltraHD Camcorder, 120 Minutes (White)Flip Video Battery Pack for 2nd Generation Ultra & UltraHD
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Jeff says:

    I previously owned the Flip MinoHD so this review is based on a comparison between the Flip MinoHD and the new Flip UltraHD.

    After reading about the Flip UltraHD’s addition of an HDMI output, larger screen, and longer battery life I decided to sell my 4 month old Flip MinoHD and purchase the Flip UltraHD. Since the MinoHD is very sleek and diminutive in size, my first reaction to the UltraHD was that it was quite a bit larger and bulkier to hold, and has taken some time to get used to. However, unless you’ve used a MinoHD the larger size of the UlraHD will probably be less noticeable. I found the camera controls on the UltraHD to be slightly easier to operate vs. the touch sensitive buttons on the MinoHD. As far as video quality between the two, I compared two different videos and both are about the same, however, the colors appear to be slightly more vibrant with the UltraHD.

    If you are trying to decide which one to purchase, if maximum portability is important to you than the MinoHD is the better choice. Otherwise, if you’re looking compact camcorder with more features (HDMI output, replaceable batteries, longer record time) then you can’t go wrong with the UltraHD.

    My ultimate wish is for Pure Digital/Cisco to introduce a MinoHD with all of same functionality as the UltraHD. Until then, the UltraHD is the all-around better choice.

    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Chamberlain says:

    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.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. Originally I went in to Best Buy to pick up a Mino HD so I could record studio and location “behind the scenes” photography shoots for my business. The employee I spoke to handed this to me saying “it doesn’t come out for another week, but its cheaper than the Mino that is on sale”. It was a no-brainer for me to pick up.

    Its a nice little unit; compact, fits in my back pocket if needed, and the controls are very basic – click da big red button to record. Click da big red button again to stop. Simplicity at its finest.

    I love that the unit has a USB built right in, but I still use a USB extension because I’m using an iMac, and since it ends up hanging upside down, I don’t want to add stress to the USB prong.

    I haven’t used the built-in editing software, as I’m importing my files into iMovie and editing from that.

    Quality wise, I’d say is pretty darn good considering its about the size of a box of Necco valentine sweet-hearts candy. However, I must insist that it is to be used as a stationary “fixed” lens, and not to use the digital zoom. Once that digital zoom is used, the quality, like *any* digital zoom, suffers greatly. To circumvent this, I’ve super-glued a step-down ring to the front of my Ultra HD so I can screw on a wide angle and a telephoto lens. If you don’t mind Frankenstein-ing your Ultra HD, then go for it.

    I haven’t done much low-light shooting with it, but I have a feeling that it could get somewhat noisy and grainy. I’ll see more results soon when I start using this inside the studio.

    I’ll be mainly using my Ultra HD on a tripod to record behind-the-scenes footage of my photography sessions, so I’ll have a way of keeping the camcorder static and not moving around a lot.

    Overall, I feel this is greatly worth the $199 I paid. You have to remember that this is a dinky little device with a tiny sensor in it, so the quality won’t be as good as a larger dedicated video camera, or one of the newer DSLR’s with the built in high-def. Apples to Oranges.

    With a little extra cash and some super-glue, you can get more reach and wide angle out of the unit.

    [...]

    Great little unit. Don’t come in to this expecting a goose that lays golden eggs. For what it is, it does well.

    Recommended.

    :: edit – people have been asking about the wide-angle mod you can do. I picked up a Sunpak 37mm .5x video camera lens that comes with a set of step-up/step-down rings. I glued one of the rings around the lens on the Ultra, let it dry, and it allows me to screw the wide angle lens over the existing lens. I picked the wide angle lens up at Best Buy. Can’t find a link here for the item.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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