The Small and Ultra Simple Digital Camcorder Really Delivers

By: Jr Lang

The Flip Ultra, the second and better version of the original Flipdigital camcorder from Pure Digital hit the market by storm. The FlipUltra can definitely be dubbed as the "simply perfect" digitalcamcorder.

Non-Existent Features of the Flip Ultra

Unlike, most , thescreen is tiny (1.5 inches) and doesn't swing out for self-portraits.No still shots. There are no settings, menu buttons, no light, no lenscap and no memory card. No optical zoom, only a 2 x digital zoom. Theentire unit is pocket size, has three buttons, play, stop and trash.Works with AA batteries (alkalines last about 2 hours andre-chargeables about 5 hours).

No tapes or disks, all footage isdownloaded via attached USB plug, which pops out at 90 degrees to thecamera body, plug that into the computer and download the footage. TheFlip's icon appears on your screen as though it's a disk. When you openit, you find a folder full of video clips, which you can play, copy toyour hard drive and burn to DVD and edit in most standard editingprograms. You can also use a special cable to plug it into the TV andwatch footage.

The Flip Ultra Digital Camcorder Filming Process

Pressthe red button once to record and once to stop. Press play to reviewthe video and then trash to delete scene. That's it! It is the mostsimple of digital camcorders that fits anywhere and everywhere, and islight enough for a baby to hold.

Size Does Matter

It'ssize allows it to go anywhere, and everywhere where a traditionalcamcorder may not, like a purse, beach bag, or pocket. It's rugged soyou can take it skiing, to the playground, while playing a sport andvirtually anywhere where you might need to shoot some clips. There iseven a acrylic accessory case that allows you to take it underwater!

Digital Video Quality

Withall this simplicity and a low retail price of under $150, the FlipUltra digital camcorder delivers an amazingly good picture quality. Ithas TV resolution (640 x 480 pixels, 30 frames per second).

Themost amazing feature of? the Flip Ultra is the low-light ability, whichtrumps even the most expensive of digital camcorders. Not only is thevideo grain-free, but recorded dim scenes actually look brighter thanthey looked to the naked eye.

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