I saw this amazing deal for a Flip Ultra HD for around £60, down from RRP of £150. Bargain! I had no need for a camcorder but I thought at that price I could experiment a little.
Amazon.co.uk had both on offer and I was torn between the two. The Mino was more expensive but it was a lot smaller so it would have fit in a pocket a lot better than the Ultra HD. After some research I settled for the Ultra because of the flaws in the Mino and also the Ultra actually came out after the Mino and it has a new encoder.
The box and stuffing was very neat and reminds of Apple. A cardboard gloss sleeve wraps another box which opens to the left and right to reveal the device itself. All the extras and booklets were hidden under the raised cardboard holding the mini cam in place.
There is a warranty, quick start guide, pouch and a lanyard. The puch is a cloth type material but not the microfibre fabric. The lanyard is string on one side with a metal strands insulated in plastic on the other side.
The Flip camera is a tad big to fit in a pocket not because of the width or height but the depth! Whilst it would fit in a pocket it would create a huge bulge. The screen is tiny but usable but the size of the buttons makes up for it. The D-pad is easy to use and really big.
There is a 1/4″ standard screw connector for use with tripods or other mounts. The whole rubberised back is removable to allow the rechargeable battery to be inserted. There is a lock to stock the back from sliding out. The battery fits 2xAA sized battery so if the rechargeable battery runs out, it can be easily swapped out for off the shelf batteries. A nice feature.
There is a HDMI out on the side of the device which allows you to play record clips directly to another product such as a TV. I’m not sure if it will stream the recording to the TV if it’s plugged in.
The Camera is very simple to operate. There is a record mode which has a counter at the bottom to show how much recording time is left on the device.
The other mode is playback which you can use to view all the recordings. Each clip is shown in a strip in the order it was recorded. There is a trash or delete button to remove any unwanted clips.
I have not had it for long enough to see if the rechargeable batteries would last the 2 hours of recording time.
Here’s a clip I made early. I have to admit the recording is not ideal as I was pointing it to a dirt windscreen but you can see the motion of the capture. Another down point is that YouTube does not support clips with 720p so it was down sampled to 480p which is standard definition.
The video recording isn’t the best with it’s digital zoom. I found that playing the full resolution on a computer the colours seemed less saturated and possible some noise in the picture.
Overall a not bad purchase. It fulfilled a want not a need in my life and it does the job. Because of it’s low price I think it can be mounted anywhere and if it breaks I won’t be out of a big investment if it was a more expensive video camera. A good buy for mounting it on a bike for example.