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The future of small, lightweight and discreet recording has arrived. The ‘Flip’ measures just 4.17” x 2.16” x 1.25” and weighs in at a 4.9 ounces featherweight. There is little style to the product but then who needs it when it operates so effectively for such an incredible price.
The structure is very simple with the front casing a fixed focus lens and a built in microphone. The back has a basic user interface that is a simple point and click design. Running on just two AA Batteries the unit produces AVI files at 30 frames per second with a resolution of 640 x 480. The battery life is an impressive 2.5 hours. A 1.5 inch TFT Screen and speaker provides the view and play back facility. The 2GB internal memory gives about 60 mins of recording and the quality is only reasonable and you get what you pay for. With only a 2 x digital zoom and no lighting, the Flip Ultra has definite limitations.
Why would you buy this video camera?
If your plan is to record those very special moments of weddings or parties then this camera will not deliver the standard to impress others viewing the end result. It is better to find another £50 - £100 and upgrade to a higher end SD Camera.
However, if you are out on a night out and you want to film those spontaneous moments, (that invariably end up on YouTube), then this is the camera for you. It can be carried effortless in a back or inner pocket, a purse or handbag. Its use is quick and effortless and at the end of the evening you just flip out the USB port, attach to the computer and download. Worried about battery life? then just carry a couple of spare AA batteries.
For those of you with James Bond intentions, the Flip Ultra is also a great discreet camera. You can easily hide it in a room or even store it so that it films through a hole in a box or clothing. For some, this could have some uses.
Lastly, this is at last a camcorder that does not discriminate between left and right handed users. Either way, the screen on the back panel works well.
This camera really is for casual and not too serious camcorder enthusiasts. However, everyone can find a use for it and makes a great back up or secondary camera for those moments that you just need something better than your mobile phone.
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