MK‘s currently in a strangely grouchy and irritable mood. I’m not sure exactly why this uncool mood has come upon me right now, though I may have a slight idea as to what the cause might be.
Anyway, but still, MK is going to blog today in the hopes of raising her spirits in this way.
The topic I have chosen to blog about today is:
My new Flip UltraHD!
As those of you who have been following MK’s very occasional blog updates know, right on New Years’ Eve, I got home from my vacation and received from my parents the Flip UltraHD! WHEE!
Originally, I had asked my parents for the Sanyo Xacti CG10, because I believe it’s a much better camera for the
Sanyo Xacti CG10
So to anyone out there reading this post and considering a Flip HD, check out the Sanyo Xacti CG10 which is about the same price as the Flip UltraHD in some places, or just a bit more in other places.
But anyway, since my parents were unable to find a store that sold the Xacti (strange), they settled for the more popular (yet not as good) Flip UltraHD.
Would minna-san like to know a secret secret?
The reason why MK needed an HD camcorder was because she’s planning to start posting videos, and maybe even do a web-show in the future.
But I’m not completely sure about any details yet.
Anyway, so now’s the time for MK to do a short review on her new portable camcorder!
The Flip UltraHD: Review!
The Flip UltraHD has 8GB of built in memory and with that it records 120 minutes, or in other words, 2 hours of footage.
Alright, so when I first got the camcorder and did the unboxing, the first thing I noticed about it was that, although it’s significantly thicker than the Flip MinoHD, it’s not as big of a deal as I thought it would be, it feels good in my hands, I don’t know if people with super small hands have problems with that or not, but for me, the size isn’t an issue. My only negative comment about it is that, it would have been pretty cool if I could fit it into my pocket, but I can’t seem to accomplish that.
Maybe I need bigger pockets.
I’ve heard complaints about the patented Flip USB dongle thing being a bad idea because when you plug into your computer, the camcorder itself puts strain on the dongle, for instance if your USB port is to high above your desk. But I haven’t had any problems with it so far, though I know for some people it would become an issue.
To show minna-san the video and sound quality of the Flip UltraHD, I went out into my yard and spent some quality time with my two parrots. Unfortunately, the video still doesn’t give a very good sense of how good the microphone is, but I hope it’ll be good enough.
Other than the video and sound quality, there aren’t many other aspects to the Flip UltraHD since it’s only function is to record HD videos. The Flip UltraHD also comes with built in FlipShare software which is supposed to make things more simple for people who are less familiar with computers in general.
So, now for the most important information, the specs.
- Rechargeable battery pack
- Wrist strap
- Soft case
- Quickstart guide
Minimum System Requirements:
Warning: Please be sure to pay close attention to these system requirements. MK was unfortunate enough to pass these by so, right now, her computer is barely able to play the videos recorded on the Flip properly because her computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements.
PC: 3.0 GHz Intel Pentium 4 or faster processor, Windows XP SP2 with 512 MB of RAM or Vista with 1GB of RAM, and USB 2.0 port
Mac: 1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor, 1GB of RAM, OS X Tiger 10.4 or Leopard 10.5, and USB 2.0 port
Digital video format:
H.264 video and AAC stereo audio in MP4 file format
HD 720p (1280×720, 16:9 widescreen) at 30 fps
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So, that was MK’s short review on the Flip UltraHD. Hopefully minna-san found it helpful in some way.
Now it’s time for MK to go work on her pile of homework that she has to do.