I paid $250 exactly 1 year ago. It was and continues to be worth every penny.
Before this, I had a Mini-DV camcorder, purchased in 2001 for $650. It’s been used a small handful of times. We had our first kid in 2006. There’s basically no video of her for the first 3 years of life.
Then I got this Flip camera. It’s always on top of the fridge. The battery maintains a decent charge. There’s no numbing capture procedure to get it onto your PC. I now shoot dozens of 1-5 minute videos all the time.
It’s truly the difference between my kids not having any video of themselves vs. having just the right amount.
Oh, and it sucks in low-light conditions. The image gets all grainy. The fixed focus lens isn’t going to help you get your cinematography merit badge either.
I hope Flip’s quality control and customer service Has got better since my old Flip stopped working after 3 months…Neither was of any use.I thnk flip refers to what you do to the product…(into the trash can…)
Idle battery life on these is really excellent. Mine tends to live at the bottom of my purse, and I’ve occasionally wanted to use it weeks or months after its last charge–and it still has a decent charge!
I just used a Kodak Zi8 for a work project and handed out a bunch of these Flips to some PAs to capture broll and random sots for our website… I like the Flip video better and the sound rivaled my Zi8 that had an external mic attached.
Also, the Flip attaches much more securely to the computer than the Kodak. I’ve also never had any problems connecting to my MacBook Pro with either camera. In for one!
I bought one of these when they first came out. I hang it both horizontally and vertically off of the usb port all the time. I have never had a problem. I also bought some usb extension cables which work really well.
I Wooted the 1 hr. capacity Flip a couple of months ago to film my daughter’s volleyball games. It is fantastic for that. I post all the game films to the FlipShare Channel for the other parents and players to watch. I’m getting this one for extended film time.