Review of Flip Video Ultra HD Camera
Posted on February 3, 2010 by mike
I have had two people ask me about the camera I use for recording my brew reviews and if I liked it, so I thought I’d put up a formal review of it and let you guys make the call.
Product: Flip Cam Ultra HD 120 Min (Black)
Price: I paid $179, but they are cheaper now
Records 120 minutes
H.264 video and AAC stereo Audio in MP4 file format
HD 720p Resolution | 16:9 Ratio | 1280 x 720
HDMI Out Port
Comes with: Camcorder, Rechargeable Battery Pack, Wrist Strap, Soft Case, and a Quick Start Guide
I have used this camera for about 3 months and there are a lot of things about it that I like. I like how small and light it is. I am able to carry with me pretty much anywhere. One of the other big features that I like about this camera is the fact that it starts up and is ready to record in less than 2 seconds. The Flip Cam Ultra HD is also really easy to use. Of course there are not a lot of options, but you hit the red button and it records, you can zoom in and out a little bit but not a ton.
Another feature that I think gets overlooked is that you can literally edit the footage right on the camera. Just plug it in on any computer and you can edit and share right from software that is on the unit. So you don’t have to install another program onto your computer.
The camera also has a standard tripod mount on the bottom so you can take some pretty good steady video. I haven’t used the HDMI out on it yet, but I imagine this would come in handy if you take a lot of video and want to show people on your LCD, Plasma, or LED HD TV at home.
For myself the biggest downsides I’ve face thus far is that if you record yourself, like I do, you can’t see what you are recording so you are forced to do a test record to make sure your set in your spot right. The other thing that I wish this thing had was a microphone port. The sound is amazing for what it is. I took it to a local concert in a bar and it filtered the sound into something I could actually hear and enjoy a day later. However, it would just be nice to have the option.
I think the Flip Cam Ultra HD is a good camera for the price. It is EXTREMELY easy to use for even the most inexperienced person. That means that it doesn’t come with a bunch of bells and whistles, but if you are looking for something that you can pull out of your bag, fire up and get recording before the moment passes, and then want to be able to just plug it in and share, this is the camera for you.