Product Type: Cisco digital camcorders
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A great holiday acessory for the impatient and the non tech savvy
Cisco Flip Video UltraHD
Member Name: Bullydc1
Cisco Flip Video UltraHD
Advantages: A very simple and easy to use video camera
Disadvantages: technical drawbacks, the zoom the sound are very basic, and the battery life is also quite short
The flip range are a great set of video cameras for those of us that either cannot be bothered with or cannot operate effeciently technically demanding pieces of tchnology. For example my parents have the older High Def model in black with the ruber front (I rather liked this feature as it allowed you to stick the unit on surfaces shiny surfaces and it would stay on nicely, also it made it easier to pull the cover off to replace the battery). I have one because I am impatient with technology and generally I find that if something is too technical it only means more can go wrong.
So I have he Mini HD version, these units come in black or glossy white. But I think the black is better as my parents have a white version and the black velvet case it comes in was actually rubbing off on the white surface and made it look pretty dirty.
The Camera is pretty basic, It has a 4x zoom only, so again if you want to take those close shots, this camera bprbably isnt for you. But one thing it is and that is 'extremely easy to operate'. It has an on off button, a lock ofr that button, a slide down front to replace the AA batteries or charge the rechargable batteries that it come with. It has a 4x zoom and a zoom in , zoom out button and a volume button on the front. Th front is a simple four way cursor control where you can also replay your old recorded videos, flic through them and when you replay them fast forward or rewind them easily. In the middle of this cursor is a red record button where you start and stop recording and it dosent really get any more simpler than that.
Other then that the microphone is great for close up verbal, but for far away sound it is not so good, like the zoom function really. The Mini HD and bigger HD versions come to two hours of possible recording time before you have to download it to your PC and start again. But another drawback im afraid to say is that it the built in battery on the mini HD version, which is only rechargeble via the UHD port on a PC, will only last you an hour tops, so you will have to recharge it at least once before the recording time runs out. It is not much freindlier on the battery time on the AA battery version.
Both the Mini HD and standard version should set you back around £80 or £90 pounds on Amazon. My parents also got their unit on QVC, but I think that the cost was around the same price. As I said the colours come in black and white and the MINI HD version is slightly smaller but I dont think that it is any more lighter.
Summary: A great piece for the amateur and beginner, but it has some serious drawbacks
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