Flip has introduced the UltraHD camcorder which brings high definition video to their pocket video camcorder line in a form factor that is slightly larger than their very compact MinoHD, but with additional features.
First the UltraHD specs:
Internal Memory: 8GB (120 minutes)
Screen Size: 2.0" (transflective TFT)
Screen Resolution: 960 x 240 pixels
Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
Frame Rate: 30 frames per second (constant frame rate, progressive scan)
Video Bitrate: 8.8Mbps (average – auto adaptive algorithm)
Video Format: H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression, saves as MP4 file
Lens Type: Fixed Focus (1.5m to infinity)
Aperture: f/2.4 (fast lens for great results in low-light environments)
Zoom: Smooth multi-step 2x digital
Interface: 8 Buttons (Power, Play, Delete, Record and 4 way navigation)
Dimensions: 4.25" x 2.19" x 1.17" (H x W x D)
PC Connection: Built-in flip-out USB arm (up to USB 2.0 speed)
TV Out: HDMI™ Mini Connector (Standard HDMI™ Cable not included)
Battery Life: Up to 2.5 hours (with 2x AA Alkaline batteries)
Up to 6.5 hours (with 2 x AA Energizer® e2® batteries)
Operating Systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista
The pros of the Flip UltraHD are exactly what you would expect – it’s a compact HD camcorder that’s it incredibly easy to use for the average consumer and takes great HD video, which is only what you would expect from a Flip.
The cons mostly come by size comparison to the MinoHD which at 3.94” x 1.97” x 0.63” (H x W x D) is smaller and sleeker and equally easy to use. However, the UltraHD still fits in a large pocket and the size brings some advantages over the MinoHD:
One real con I have seen is that the built-in flip-out USB arm can be a pain depending on your PC set-up so you may need an extension cable. Here’s how it is supposed to work:
All in all, the Flip UltraHD is a fun, quality pocket HD camcorder. The MSRP is US$199.00, but Amazon seems to be currently selling the UltraHD for US$162.00 and you may find an even better deal if you shop around.