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.
Purchased one last time around, it failed within a couple weeks and had to be RMA’ed with Flip (the battery would not charge). They replaced it, no problem, but the process took over two weeks to complete.
Got one of these about 6 months ago “Free” from TDBank for opening an account. Works well. But, video time is limited to available memory. Has limited zoom which can not be changed during shooting. This model may have different software so “your results may be different”.