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Monday, August 11, 2008

Flip Video Way COOL!

I like to think I am staying in touch with all the cool gadgets coming onto the market even though I am no longer in the computer business. Of course I like to think I can still dunk a basketball and that I am suave and debonair. What I think and reality are not always on the same page.

The Flip Video camera never hit my radar until my grandson showed me his. At his age of 10, technology holds few mysteries, it is just, how soon can I get it. He started using the camera less than 5 minutes out of the box and has been having a roaring good time with it. Once again, the premise that good tech has to be expensive is wrong! This is inexpensive, wonderfully useful and good for all ages not just kids. He says the software works well, I have not seen that yet. The image and sound with his various Lego productions has been fine. The built in USB connector seems sturdy and obviously useful. This gadget looks to be a great gift. Check it out!

LCD Screen
1.5" (diagonal)
1.5" (diagonal)
528 x 132
280 x 120
Transflective TFT (for bright daylight)
Transmissive TFT
640 x 480
640 x 480
640 x 480
1/4" VGA CMOS sensorLarge 5.6 ┬Ám pixels for maximum light sensitivity
Light Sensitivity
Very high sensitivity (>2.0V/lux-sec) with automatic low light detection
Video Compression
Pure Digital Video Engine 2.5
Pure Digital Video Engine 2.0
Pure Digital Video Engine 1.0
Frame Rate
30 frames per second (constant frame rate, progressive scan)
Average Bitrate
4.0Mbps (auto-adaptive algorithm)
2.8Mbps (auto-adaptive algorithm)
Video Format
Advanced Profile MPEG-4 AVI
White Balance & Exposure
Auto-adaptive white/black balance and exposure
Lens Type
Fixed Focus (1m to infinity)
Fixed Focus (0.8m to infinity)
f/2.4 (fast lens for great results in low-light environments)
Smooth multi-step 2x digital
Internal Lithium-Ion Rechargeable**
2 AA Batteries (1.5 Volt AA Alkaline, Energizer(R) e2(R) Lithium,or 1.2 Volt NiMH rechargeable)
Up to 4 hrs of use between charges
AA Alkaline - Up to 2 hrs of use***,Energizer(R) e2(R) Lithium - Up to 5 hrs of use***
Charge Time
Via computer USB port - approx 3 hrsVia Power Adapter - approx 2 hrs
Camcorder Functions
Touch-sensitive capacitive buttons
Easy-press buttons
Power-up Time
Less than 4 seconds
4 to 7 seconds****
Power Saver(Auto Shut-Down)
Play All Function
Pause, FF/Rewind, not on all models
Set Date/Time Function, not on all models
**** Power up time depends on amount of recorded content
Additional Specifications
Dimensions (H x W x D)
3.94" x 1.97" x 0.63"
4.17" x 2.16" x 1.25"
4.12" x 2.25" x 1.25"
PC Connection
Built-in flip-out USB arm (up to USB 2.0 speed)
Speaker; Built-in speaker; Microphone
Built-in, wide-range, omni-directional
Built-in, wide-range
TV-Out; NTSC (cable included)
Built-in Flip Video Program
Min. RequirementsWindowsMac
Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz, Windows XP SP2 with 512MB of RAM, or Vista with 2GB of RAM, and USB port Power PC G4 1.0 GHz or Intel Core, with 512MB of RAM, OS X Tiger 10.4 or Leopard 10.5, and USB port
Online Sharing
Unlimited private video emails or video greeting cardsDirect Upload to MySpace, YouTube, or AOL
Unlimited private video emails or video greeting cardsDirect upload to YouTube or AOL
Video Editing
Video truncation (set start/end points)Create a custom Movie Mix, including 6 movie styles
Still Photo
Snap still photos from video
Software Update
Automatic and on-demand online updates

Go to their website to see the differnt models. I get no money, kickbacks, freebies etc. from this company.


1 comment:

Wei Liang said...

This flip camera is cool. Comes in handy for bloggers who want to post videos online.

Wei Liang

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