Product Type: Pure digital camcorders
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Flip Won't Flop
Pure Digital Flip Video Ultra Series F260
Member Name: bilbobaginz
Pure Digital Flip Video Ultra Series F260
Advantages: Great quality product and very easy to use!
Disadvantages: Slightly too weighty.
Even in this day and age, some people just arn't comfortable or familiar with the more 'complex' of technology products on the market in the UK. Often the very young and very old members of society find devices like the Panasonic Lumix range for instance difficult to use and understand - but more and more of these people are being introduced to products which they personally WANT to use and get involved with. Every market will be capitalised eventually, and this particular one is no exception.
The 'Pure Digital Flip Video Ultra Series F260' is a device my mother was bought for her birthday last May, but is a product I seem to have had more use out of since that fateful date. It is not that my mum has found the device too difficult to use or understand, I think it's more to do with the lack of passion or interest she has in filming or photgraphing the world around her. But what have Pure done to attempt to tempt in my mothers interest?
- The aesthetics of the device are designed to promote simplicity and fun. Her pariticular model is bright pink around the edges and the buttons are large, round and simple. The camera lense on the back is 'funky' and fits with the aura of the device in general. Similarly, the 'Flip Video' logo tag at the bottom right of the back panel is fun, inviting and uncomplicated.
- Having just eight clearly labelled buttons and a flip out USB connector, there arn't many who wouldn't find this device easy to use and operate. Turning it on via the power button of the left side panel, the 'Flip Video' logo appears on screen with a caption at the bottom saying 'press red to set-up' - who couldn't follow that instruction.
And when you do come to set up the device (which is largely set up for you anyway), you follow simple instructions regarding brightness, contrast and storage which anyone could understand.
- Capturing images and videos is done at the touch of a button. Press red to record, press red to stop, press the bin icon to bin, press the storage icon to store. Press the play button to play your stored footage on-screen, use the arrows to scroll through other footage... SIMPLE.
- Loading images and videos onto a computer is done via the USB connector mentioned earlier. After finding the device in 'My Computer' or equivelent, open up the file and look through the stored items. Copy them onto your computer and proceed to do as you wish with them. This is so simple and easy to do, and it also teaches first-timers how you find other devices connected to your PC - on the same 'My Computer' list.
- Once your ready to sit watching the videos on the computer, you can get a clear taste of what the picture quality is really like. One downside to the device its self is that the screen is rather small which can make for difficult back-viewing on site, but on a PC you realise the quality is very good indeed. the developers have made this product less about the level of pixels and more about the use of fantastic colour vibrancy and contrast to create a good image.
The product does have some down falls which add to the small screen it utlises. For instance, the weight of the device is quite high for such a small item. With companies packing this kind of quality into small phones which have more features, you would have thought they could keep the weight and size of this product down. However, I agree that the size of the product is more suited to ts target audience - i.e. theres less chance of it being dropped by loss of grip. The buttons do feel quite flimsy at times too, but besides these minor negatives, the product is excellent.
Overall I have found few disadvantages to this device. It suits those who need a simple, easy to upload device and is perfect for family holiday footage, birthday parties and Christmas festivities. It is durable, so youngsters can be permitted to have a go, and it's affordable.
Summary: Great for youngsters and elders!
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