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The most versatile of the current Flip line.

  • Aug 2, 2010
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Of the three Flip HD models in the current line, this is my favorite.

It is the heaviest of all the Flip models, but this is because it uses regular AA batteries or a rechargeable Lithium AA pack. The 8GB internal memory will give a full 120 minutes of recording capacity in HD mode, but the Lithium battery may not last quite that long.

Creating two hours of video is difficult to do and I suspect most people will not come anywhere close to it. Even the kids' soccer game is interesting when the kid is playing. If the possibility that recording more than two hours of video exists, bring a netbook computer, offload your Flip video, throw in a spare rechargeable AA battery pack and go to it.

Overall, I like the heft of the Flip UltraHD. None of the instant camcorders in this class offer effective image stabilization, so the extra couple of ounces and larger size help in keeping the camera a little steadier. The 2x digital zoom is useless because of image degradation, again common in this class of device. The effective focal length of the lens is higher than I would like. I would prefer a wider angle of view and something less than the approximately 3 foot minimum focus. But things are what they are.

The HD image is simply gorgeous. Breathtaking, in fact, is not too strong a term to use. Audio is acceptable for its class.

The controls are responsive to a moderately firm touch and the 2" LCD screen is bright enough for most circumstances.

I am not a fan of letting the camera hang from the cleverly designed USB arm. I use a short male/female USB extension cable.

The supplied FlipShare software is fine for transferring video from the camera to computer an uploading it to places like Facebook and YouTube or e-mailing it. But the editing functions are primitive.

The Flip gets into action quickly, much faster I think than a smartphone or still camera video function. That's one of the beauties to it.

If you don't mind a somewhat larger and heavier instant camcorder than the others on the market and want the convenience of AA batteries which are found everywhere, the Flip UltraHD is a terrific companion - and, as I said, the HD image quality is awesome.

Jerry

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UltraHD Overview

  • Easy-to-use, pocket-sized HD camcorder featuring one-touch recording and digital zoom
  • Simple user interface lets you start capturing HD 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

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  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch FlipShare software
  • Pre-installed 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 like YouTube and MySpace
  • FlipShare’s advanced compression technology allows for quick and easy sharing of high-resolution HD video in compact-sized files (via email or publishing online)
  • Comes with Flip Video rechargeable AA battery pack (recharges when connected to USB); also supported by standard AA batteries
  • Large 2-inch anti-glare color LCD screen to play back and delete videos
  • HDMI output (mini-HDMI connector) makes it simple to watch video on your HDTV
  • Video: 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 files


Flip UltraHD Highlights

The World’s Simplest HD Camcorder
The Flip UltraHD camcorder combines Flip Video’s signature shoot-and-share simplicity with the power of vivid, vibrant HD video. UltraHD could not be easier to use: just power on and press record, and you’ll be ...
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