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Thursday, October 02, 2008

The Flip Ultra Camcorder: Prettier in Pink?

Right now it's cheaper in pink

I don't know if this very compact, portable and easy to use digital video camera looks better in pink or not, but at this price, who cares? I just ordered one from Amazon.com for $119.00. The list price is $149. But it gets even better. If you order one before October 8th, they throw in TWO accessories of your choice, FREE. Each accessory is listed at $14.99, so you end up saving $60.00 from the list price. The offer is here:

Get Two Free Accessories with a Pink Flip Ultra
Shop today at Amazon.com and get two Flip Video accessories with your purchase of a pink Flip Ultra camcorder. Simply add the camcorder and two qualifying accessories to your Shopping Cart and the price of the accessories will be automatically deducted at checkout. This offer is valid until October 8, 2008. [...]

I guess the pink ones have not been selling well. Ideally I probably would have bought a black or gray one, but at this price, pink looks just fine. I've wanted one of these since I first blogged about them back in January. But it was new then, and I don't like being a guinea pig for new products, so I decided to wait and see how other people fared with it.

Since then, it has gotten more than 1,000 customer reviews, most of which are very favorable. At this price, I couldn't resist it. For the free accessories, I chose the soft carry pouch and the mini tripod.

Now I already have a video camera, a Canon ZR-800 mini DV camcorder, that I'm happy with. It's just that it takes video tape, and I have to download the tape on my computer, then convert the format to whatever purpose I want it for. That's ok, but the process can take a while. For example, I have our local summer garden tour on tape. I haven't transferred the footage, edited it and converted it yet. I will get to it, eventually.

But with something like the Flip Ultra, I should be able to plug it in to the computer and just transfer it. Very convenient for short videos. Very easy to travel with, and very easy to use, they say. The main page for this camera is here:

Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Pink)
Technical Details

* Simple to use, pocket-sized camcorder with one-touch recording and digital zoom

* Holds 60 minutes of full VGA-quality video on 2GB of built-in memory; no tapes or additional memory cards required

* Convenient USB arm plugs directly into your computer for easy viewing and sharing

* Built-in software lets you easily e-mail videos, upload to YouTube and AOL, and capture still photos from video

* Watch videos instantly on TV with included cable
[...]

With it's built-in memory, it sounds ideal for quick camera-to-computer transfer. The samples of video I've seen look excellent. I'll let you know more when I've tried it out first-hand.

UPDATE 10-12-08 See my mini-review of the Flip Ultra here:

The "Flip Ultra" quick video Farm Report

[WARNING, 11-29-30: before buying the Flip Ultra, you should know that I am returning mine. You can read my update review to see why.]
     

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