Budding film makers or people that just want to make good videos of family events and friends give a thumb up to the Flip Ultra camcorder. This pocket friendly recorder is ready to go when you are and with one hundred and twenty minutes of record time you won’t miss a minute of the action. Whether you take this gem to a concert or school play you know you will have the best video to share online or privately. Many of the same features that you have found on the other Flip camcorders will be on the Flip Ultra.
The Flip Ultra comes in several colors to show off your personality. You can get the Ultra in silver, black, yellow and purple. They have not extended the design galley or pattern generator to the Ultra models, but they are still fun to look at and use. Three seconds is all the time it takes to power up the camcorder for use and because you can begin recording in one touch it’s hard to miss those ideal moments. The camcorder runs off two AA standard batteries; however, you can purchase the power adaptor or rechargeable battery pack. Both of these accessories are reasonably priced so you don’t have to keep buying batteries.
There is 4GB of memory built in to the camcorder which is slightly less than the Flip Ultra HD, but certainly adequate for most people’s videos. You wouldn’t need any additional memory. To play back and delete videos you can use the two inch anti glare screen. The lens has 2x digital zoom which makes it great in bright or low lighting. The FlipShare software is contained in the USB that flips out from the camcorder. This program allows for viewing instantly as well as the ability to email videos. That isn’t the only thing that this software lets you do though as you can also edit, make movies and get still image photos. If you want to share your videos with the world you can upload to YouTube, Facebook and MySpace with this software. A television cable is needed to watch your recorded video on the TV and it can be included in the package when you purchase the camcorder.
Actual user review:
“The new Flip Ultra Camcorder 2nd Generation comes in with a few tweaks over the original Ultra. For a low resolution model, the Ultra produces above average video as long as one views it via the programmed format on the computer monitor or TV. Enlarging to full screen will not only distort the image, it will also bring on the noise demons. That said, colors were well saturated, sound was good and low light performance was average at best. Buyers should keep in mind that a steady hand is paramount to good video. A tripod will make all the difference in shooting quality video. Powered up via (2) AA alkaline batteries, this unit opts for a simple video out port that displays low resolution video on TV. The basic composite AV cable ships with the device. The folks at Flip throw in batteries, wrist strap and a soft, zip string cover to protect the Ultra’s plastic finish. It goes without saying that a memory card slot or even rechargeable batteries would have made this product an even sweeter investment. By no means will the Flip Ultra Camcorder 2nd Generation be confused with any of the top dollar units. However, it is a system that can and will cover the basics for web based video. For those that do not wish to sink the extra bucks into a top of the line mini camcorder, this model will more than cover the bill.” – J.I.McGyver (USA)
If your computer has Windows Media Player, iTunes or other applications you can use them to view the videos you have recorded. MP4 files are how the video is recorded with a VGA (640 x 480) at thirty frames per second progressive scan. Because everyone knows that the video you have recorded is precious the manufacturer has installed a child safe mode so that accidents can’t happen with deletions. There is a tripod mount that can be purchased for the Flip Ultra to use on a standard tripod so you can avoid camera shake when recording.
How many times have you wished that you could take your camera to the beach or lake? With the Flip Ultra or Flip Ultra HD you can. They sell a case that enables the camcorder to be protected from ocean spray and that can also go underwater. This durable case lets a scuba diver immerse it in depths up to thirty feet. So the brilliant colors of the fish and surroundings can be enjoyed long after the dive is over. The price for this accessory at the Flip web site was about fifty dollars. The USB cables, power adaptor, battery pack and a two pack of pouches to hold the camcorder all cost around twenty five dollars. The tripod we mentioned previously is closer to fifteen dollars.
The Flip Ultra is approximately one hundred and fifty dollars if you purchase it directly from Flip online. The package contains the guidebook, Flip Ultra camcorder, and a wrist strap, protective case for carrying the camcorder, two AA batteries, and the TV connector cable. There was no charge for shipping the camcorder. One of the drawbacks to this camcorder model is the fact that is has fewer GB’s of memory and for some it could be a problem. The Flip Ultra HD has 8 GB of memory for just a little more money so it might be worthwhile to look into this model if you think you could want more memory. While most of the features will be the same between the two models there are some differences because of when they were introduced. However, the quality is still high with the Flip Ultra so if price matters to you the Ultra would certainly be a good expenditure.
Average User Rating:
- “Sometimes less is more, and that certainly seems to hold true in the camcorder world — at least as far as the Flip is concerned. While there are certainly bigger, better, and far more professional solutions about, the real value to the Flip is that it can go with you anywhere, and you can forget all about it until a shooting situation comes up. That you can hand it to someone who has never seen it before, and instruction can be limited to “on/off here, start/stop recording there,” means that it’s near universally accessible, and fun even for those who might otherwise be somewhat technologically averse. I grabbed the 2d gen Ultra because I wanted the additional storage space. What I didn’t expect was to enjoy a larger view screen, a better on/off toggle, higher quality audio, and a number of functional enhancements on the software side, such as mass delete with confirm. I’d be hard pressed to come up with a single complaint about this generation of the Flip. Unlike hauling around a ‘real’ camera or camcorder, you can toss this one in your pocket and forget all about it until you need or want it. You can teach others to use it in under 30 seconds. Uploading to services like Youtube is easy even for those who have never done it before, with or without the software bundled in the camera itself. I couldn’t be happier that I took the leap from the basic first generation to the Ultra 2nd.” – W.C.Bryant (OH,USA)
- “This is our second Flip and we highly recommend them to everyone, with one caveat. They are quick and easy to use/learn and produce good results for a point and shoot video camera. The video is 640×480 and the audio is so-so. It’s not a full fledged video camera so this wasn’t a surprise. The 2Gig will give you approximately two hours of video with sound. The camera has a built in USB arm that connects to any standard USB port and the camera is light enough I haven’t have any issue with attaching it to a USB port with minimal support for the camera body or USB connector while transferring files. The only downside to this camera is that how ever they encode the video (used to be AVI now it’s MP4) the CODEX to watch the video isn’t standard. If you plug the Flip into the computer and let it install the Flip driver you can watch it on that computer without issue. When I send videos of my son to my grandmother I have to convert them because we can’t find a way to get the CODEX onto her computer which is a major annoyance. I was hoping when they changed file formats this would have been fixed but it wasn’t…” – K.Miller (VA,USA)
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