The Flip Video Camera is really popular with teenagers who want a camcorder with a sleek, slim design. It looks just like a cell phone, and fits easily in any pocket or purse.
The Flip camcorder is available in two models: the Flip MinoHD and the Flip UltraHD (both of which come with either 4 GB or 8 GB of built in memory). 4 GB gives you up to one hour of recording time, while 8 GB gives you up to two hours – in both cases in spectacular HD, no less!
The Flip UltraHD is the original Flip camcorder, which established the simple, easy to use Flip style. The MinoHD simply improves on what was already a very successful model. It has enhanced video technology for even better HD footage, as well as built in image stabilization and double the frame rate of the original model (an impressive 60 frames per second).
Prices range from under $170 for the Flip MinoHD video camera with 4 GB memory, to around $300 for the top of the range Flip UltraHD video camera with 8 GB memory. Whatever model you go for, it is a great opportunity to invest in a quality, compact video recorder for your child or teenager. Most varieties of kids video camera that are marketed specifically at children are pretty much interactive toys with basic digital cameras inside, but when it comes to the Flip you have a camcorder that an adult would not be ashamed to use.
Features of the Flip Video Camera
- Available in a range of colors, including black, white and magenta
- Image stabiliization
- Generous built in memory (4 GB / 8 GB)
- Connects directly to PC or Mac
- Pre-loaded FlipShare software to organise, edit and share videos
- Simple controls
- 2-inch anti-glare color display
- Backlit panel with touch screen functionality
If there is one thing teenagers love it’s social networking, and the Flip camcorder makes it incredibly easy for them to share videos, either privately or publicly. They can be shared privately using FlipShare’s easy email function or by making Flip Channels, or publicly by posting to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The video footage is compatible with all the major video-playing applications, such as iTunes Video, QuickTime Player and Windows Media Player.
Included with the Flip Video Camera
- Wrist strap
- Soft protective case
- User guide
Additional accessories such as the Flip Video Cables and Flip Video Power Adapter can be bought separately. The Video Cable allows you to watch your home movies on your HDTV, while the Power Adapter allows you to recharge quickly and easily.
Amazon Customer Reviews:
Sound and video quality were great for such a small camera.
The Flipshare software is also easy to use and easily lets me upload videos to YouTube and Facebook.