If you're like me and frustrated by the difficulty in doing something so seemingly simple as sending a quick video to youtube, or your daughters first recital to Grandma's email, then the Flip is the answer to your prayers! I love this little gadget so much that I have bought several for friends and family, we use it for fun videos at Powder Blue Productions and I made sure to give one away to the recent winners of our So You Think You Can Turbo contest winners and we recently bough all of our top 5 Star Presenters their own Flip cameras too!
Prices range depending on the version that you buy from $55 - $210
Way cool is the size! It's as small as a cell phone. Super easy to keep in your purse for quick unexpected moments that might otherwise go unrecorded! Easy to review and delete on the 2 inch display screen!
The more expensive price range is for HD quality video, which I must say is really quite fab! However, if you don't need really amazing HD quality then the non HD version takes up far less hard drive space, thus making editing a breeze! I also found that the HD version crashed my computer more often. Again... probably a giga-something issue, but I don't have the patience to figure it out! Back to the non HD version for my personal stuff. We use the HD version for work!
I'm not too techy..(shocker) I just know that it works like a charm. It gets its name from the USB plug that "flips" up upon pressing a button. Great idea! All I have to do is point, shoot, flip then plug it into the USB port and bam! Then I have the choice to edit it or directly upload to youtube.com! Nice! No converting! No cords to lose! It's dummy proof! A must if you have precious childhood memories to capture, need to record yourself teaching, have an idea for a video blog, want to share video tips, or just about any other (hopefully legal) activity you can imagine!
Technical Details from their site!
Holds 60 minutes of HD-quality video (1280 x 720 resolution at 30 frames per second; 16:9 widescreen) on 4 GB of built-in memory
Weighs only 3.3 ounces; Super-slim, super-sleek design, fits into your pocket or purse
Features one-touch recording and digital zoom
Flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your computer to launch built-in FlipShare software
FlipShare software lets you save and organize your videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, email your videos, and upload them