Question of the Day: Which Flip Video Cam?

By  |  Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:51 am

As we collectively gear up for the holidays, product purchase inquiries have started rolling in. Katie asks:

Mino or Ultra!?!? Im getting one for x-mas and i need to tell my dad which one is the best but both sound good!!!

Flip rocked the CE world with the success of their reasonably priced and dead simple digital video cams (and software). So impressed was Cisco, that they acquired Pure Digital, the company behind Flip, for a lofty $590 million earlier this year.

I’m hoping Katie is inquiring about the HD Mino and Ultra Flip cams. As there’s no way I can recommend the SD models—functionality duplicated in nearly every digital still camera (and the iPhone 3GS). In fact, for some time I’ve been eyeing the waterproof Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 still camera which also shoots 720p HD video and I’m currently evaluating the 720p-capable Sony DSC-WX1 digital cam.

But for those, like Katie, intent on a relatively simple, inexpensive, dedicated video camera I’d say go with the Kodak Zi8 ($180 MSRP). Unlike the Flip competition, the 1080p Zi8 provides a macro recording mode, incorporates some basic image stabilization, and effectively offers unlimited storage by utilizing SD cards (BYOM). And then there’s the larger 2.5″ LCD. I also happen to think Kodak’s current cam lineup is sharper looking than Flip’s, and the Zi8 is offered in three colors (black, raspberry, blue) for those who care.

[This post republished from Zatz Not Funny.]


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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Stilgar Says:

    I have a Zi8. It’s awesome. You get much better gear than you do with a flip. I use it with my Mac and PC. Straightforward controls and good quality. Outdoor vids on my 1080p TV look pretty amazing. One thing I don’t like is the loud beep it makes when you start/stop recording. Whenever people see it they think it’s a cellphone 🙂

  2. Aaron Flip HD Camera Says:

    I think what makes these flips so awesome is their size/mobility and ease of use. You can flip it out of your pocket in an instant and mash one button and you're recording. I'm diggin my Flip HD Camera. I prefer the UltraHD