The Flip is a small camcorder that let’s you film 1 to 2 hours (depending on the model) of high definition digital video. No software needed , no cables needed, and no irritating experience…hmm, I doubt the latter if you are a PC owner (thank god I am not).
I read a lot about the “Flip” camera, in fact, every corner I “turned” on the web, people were raving about this product. There were many times that I almost ended purchasing the product, but refused to do so until I actually test the it myself.
Finally, as part of my position as a Social Media Marketing Manager, I had the opportunity to put my hands on a “Flip” camcorder. I “played” with it for more than 24 hours already, and these are my thoughts:
- It is the easiest and simplest digital device I have ever used. Turn on–>Click the red button–>film. Simple.
- The sound and quality are quite impressive for such a small device. It produces a good YouTube/Facebook videos, but that is about it. I would not use it to film a trip to the Caribbean for example. For that, you will need to invest in a device that is a bit more expensive than $149.
- The only problem I see, and I really feel sorry for all PC owners, is when you try to upload your videos to your computer. If you are a Mac owner, it takes about 20-30 seconds from the time you connect the “Flip” to your Mac to the time you press the Facebook widget on your iPhoto to upload the selected videos to your Facebook profile. Now, this is when you use a Mac. If you are a PC owner (like my wife), it will take about 6-10 minutes to: download the Flip software to your computer (god knows why)—>upload the video from the Flip (very tedious process)—>upload the video to your Facebook account manually (i.e. log on to FB account, and upload the video). For some reason, the “Flip” software on PC does not give you the option to upload to Facebook, which was very weird to me. I hate to repeat it, but If you are a Mac owner, you have nothing to worry about.
Overall, the “Flip” is a great, and even a brilliant, Social Media camcorder to have on the road, although I would not use it for an online podcasting. For that you will need to invest in something a bit more expensive.
Personally, I will use it for some simple home/work videos, or maybe capturing the aftermath of a Blizzard (like the one we had two days ago) to send to your friends and family overseas, but no more than what I just described.
Do you own a “Flip”? What is your take on it? I am curious to hear what you have to say about this device.