Flip UltraHD 8GB Review (3rd Gen)

Review posted 11/16/2010

Quick Take
  • Produces nice clean video indoors and out
  • Nice wide view fixed lens
  • Simple enough for anyone to use
  • Records up to 2 hours of HD video with no need for external memory
  • HDMI output
  • Handy Software bundle is already loaded on camera (no need for an install CD)
  • Usable Digital zoom feature with slight quality loss
  • Decent battery life at up to 1.5 hours of continuous recording
  • Mic picks up a good amount of background noise
  • No optical zoom
  • HDMI cable sold separately
  • Does not feature a card slot for memory expansion
  • No still image capture mode (only taking still frames from stored videos)
  • Battery life has dropped a bit since last model (1.5 hours compared to 2.5 hours)
Bottom Line
The UltraHD is a compact and easy to use digital camcorder that should please most any user who's looking for digital video camera that will fit into a small pocket or purse. Just don't expect this little gem to out perform your larger camcorders. Read more in our Full Conclusion.

For those who want a HD video solution that can fit into your pocket, Flip Video (Cisco) offers various compact HD digital camcorder options like the UltraHD. This unit is offered in both a 4GB and 8GB model, each with a slightly different list of features. This High Definition pocket video camera sports some nice features packed into a frame that's about the size of your typical smart phone. We tested the UltraHD 8GB (2 hour) model, which offers 720p video at 60fps, a fixed lens with image stabilization, and a 2.0-inch LCD screen. The UltraHD 8GB is offered in plain Black or White for those who like to keep things simple, or for you style savvy folks, you can create a creative design using your own photos, their pre-loaded images or Flip's "Pattern Generator".

UltraHD (8GB) Key Features:
  • 1/4.inch, 1.6-megapixel HD CMOS sensor
  • Records 720p HD video at 60fps
  • Bit rate of approx. 8.8Mbps
  • 8GB of internal memory for up to 2 hours of recording
  • Fixed 1.5mm wide view lens
  • Built-in Image Stabilization
  • Ultra low-light sensitivity (>1.4 lux-sec)
  • 2.0-inch TFT LCD screen (320x240 resolution)
  • H.264 video compression
  • MP4 video file format
  • Included Li-Ion Battery (lasts up to 1.5 hours), or you can use 3 AAA batteries
  • Built-in USB arm
  • FlipPort, including HDMI output
The Flip UltraHD is available now with a suggested retail price of $199 US for the 8GB model as tested, or $149 US for the 4GB model.

Included in the Box:
  • Flip UltraHD video camera
  • Flip Video Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Wrist strap
  • Woll protective case
  • User guide
  • Pre-loaded Software in the camera

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