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Flip Video Ultra Camcorder

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The simple to use Flip Video Ultra Camcorder comes in a 512MB or 1GB model capable of recording 30 or 60 minutes of video. It can record VGA (640 x 480) quality MPEG4 videos at 30 fps. The Flip Video Ultra has a flip-out USB 2.0 connector for quick video transfer to your PC, along with 2x digital zoom (no optical zoom), a 1.5″ TFT display (528 x 132 pixels), 1/4″ VGA CMOS sensor using large (5.6 ┬Ám) pixels for maximum light sensitivity, built-in speaker, and TV-out. Battery life is up to 2.5 hours on regular 2 x AA alkaline batteries; using 2 x AA Energizer e2 batteries will boost usage to 6.5 hours.

Not very “beefy” specs, but surprisingly the New York Times did a review the Flip Video Ultra and were surprised by the quality of the compact camcorder:

The video and audio quality is surprisingly good — not as sharp as a tape camcorder or even digital still cameras, but far superior to cellphone video. It has TV resolution (640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second), with softer images than you’d get with a real camcorder.

The shocker is the Flip’s low-light abilities, which trump even $1,000 camcorders. Not only is the video grain-free, but recorded dim scenes actually look brighter than they looked to your naked eye.

The Flip Video Ultra Camcorder also has a tripod mount that makes it compatible with most tripods. It is available in white, black, pink, orange, and green for $142 (1GB) at Amazon.

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Via: Wired – Gadget Lab




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