Six cheap camcorders compared (Verdict: Flip Ultra still holds the crown.)

Gizmodo rounds up many of the cheap, solid-state camcorders now flooding the market after the success of the Pure Digital Flip Ultra. The verdict? The Flip Ultra, now superseded by the Flip Mino, is still the best overall camera. That's good news for most, as the price on the Ultra should continue to drop.
Flip Ultra: Yes, the first is still the best, and there are good reasons why so many companies want to capture its success: The Ultra works, and it works well. Low light video is great, the camera feels good in your hand, and it's so simple that you could probably train your cat to record their own cute videos with it. The small screen is a drawback, but it captures a good chunk of space. The Ultra is the best value of the bunch when you consider the criteria, remaining the Cadillac of cheap pocket camcorders.
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6 Responses to Six cheap camcorders compared (Verdict: Flip Ultra still holds the crown.)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Can somebody explain to me why the Flip camera is suddenly so popular? Wouldn’t it make more sense to buy a higher-end digital camera that takes quality still shots as well as mediocre video? I guess I just don’t understand the need to have the mini camcorder.

  2. Joel Johnson says:

    @2 Yes, you’ve found us out. Our immense power caused the the Flip to take 13% of the market share. Thanks for acknowledging our sway!

  3. jennfrank says:

    Gizmodo gave the Flip an A- for “indoor low light,” which I think is so bullshit. I just don’t see it. The Vado is comparably shitty, and I like the Vado and am tentatively aligning with it.

    @1: They’ve become ubiquitous because they are compact, utilitarian and, like, $100. My knee-jerk reaction was also ‘Why not just carry a nice digital camera all the time?’ Then I got mugged.

    Here’s a nice Flip/Vado side-by-side.

  4. Anonymous says:

    @#1: In my opinion the flips are “popular” because boing boing has sold out.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Why haven’t I seen any reviews of the Aiptek HD? After reading tons of reviews of these devices, I just bought one at Target for $150. The footage looks great, takes a couple of seconds to turn on, charges through the USB cable, and records movies in widescreen .mov format on an SD card. What am I missing?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Flip = Cheap and Portable. That’s your answer as to why it’s so popular. And it works fine, as far as I’m concerned, inside and in lower light. As for quality, it’s certainly good enough for our purposes. If anything, I appreciate that the file size is compact by comparison to what we’d have from a higher end camera. We’re just capturing kid moments, not making feature movies.

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