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Flip Video Camcorder: 60-Minutes (Black) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Flip Video Camcorder: 60-Minutes (Black)
Report Date: 09/20/2015
Based on 517 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.2
Returned or considering to return: 3.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Compact5.0   average
Fit5.0   average
Simple4.8   average
Weight4.8   average
Price4.7   above average
Clip4.6   average
Plug4.6   average
Image4.5   above average
Light4.5   average
Size4.5   average
Camcorder4.3   average
Video4.3   above average
Camera4.2   above average
Connection4.2   above average
Connector4.2   above average
Quality4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Screen3.8   average
USB3.7   average
Battery3.5   average
Amazon3.2   average
Audio3.1   below average
Zoom2.3   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"Now it has the same problem again, and Amazon says I'm past the return date--yeah, by one week, and because the camcorder was supposedly being repaired."
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"So I am not a happy Amazon shopper simply because I feel that some flim flam was used."
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"I returned my first FLIP for a malfunction...AMAZON was wonderful...received a replacement with ease, but it also did not work properly."
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"comI was unhappy with the way the price kept changing on Amazon."
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"I found this 2nd generation 120 minute Flip Ultra on Amazon for $129.I would highly recommend this camera, even over more expensive and sophisticated camcorders."
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"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"flip on sale at BestBuy for $80 (sorry Amazon) and had to take such a good deal."
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"I returned my first FLIP for a malfunction...AMAZON was wonderful...received a replacement with ease, but it also did not work properly."
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"Only good thing was great handling by AMAZON."
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Audio

Audio:
"Audio quality is horrible, but otherwise a handy SD camcorder."
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"The only drawbacks I found were the audio pickup and having only 60 minutes of time on it."
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"The audio video quality are good...not great."
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"Cons: Not great in low light or indoors under regular room lighting; Audio quality not the best; Memory capacity not expandable; No video light; USB arm can be a bit difficult to fit just right in PC."
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"Great for quickie video, but the audio is not the greatest."
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"Not great in dark areas but the audio is awsome."
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"Good video, adequate audio, tough case."
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"Very easy to operate with good quality video and much better audio than would be expected from such a tiny device."
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"More convenient than plugging camcorder into USB port (which you can do).Probably the best $105 I ever spend on audio video equipment."
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"This is an amazing product, in particular the great audio that this hand held recorder produces."
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"Love the convenience and audio and picture quality on Flip videos, BUT sending them in an email attachment from a PC user to a Mac user is NOT SO EASY!"
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Battery

Battery:
"It was a battery failure, they said they could retrieve the video."
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"The sound quality is not the best, and it runs through AA batteries fairly quickly."
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"The only drawback I have found is that sometimes the battery compartment can open if you are trying to put the recorder into a tight container such as the soft pouch you can get for it."
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"The only problem I have with the camcorder is that it uses the batteries quickly."
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"MORE (11 18 08): There's a new version which a friend purchased who complained that with its built-in rechargeable battery, if you're out at some event and the battery goes dead, you're done!"
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"Advantages2 AA batteries available anywhere, carry replacements with you."
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"What I liked: It's lightweight, simple, uses common AA batteries, and makes taking little videos easy."
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"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"CAMERA STYLE PHOTOS VIDEO ----------WORKS GREAT, BUT BATTERY LIFE SEEMS TO BE SHORT."
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Button

Button:
"The Flip Video camcorder is the perfect little camera for those who hate things with lots of buttons and controls."
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"CONS:* Menu buttons a little hard to press (zoom & volume control)* USB connector arm bad idea."
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"To delete something (which i end up doing all the time since I am always taping in antipaction of something great) is another button."
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"More recessed buttons would be really nice."
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"Pros: Super small, one-handed size - fits in pocket or purse; Buttons so easy a child can operate it with no problem; Software is on camera - no loading a cd - just plug the camera in to your computer - it loads the software automatically and checks for web updates; Easy viewing of videos on camera and easy deletion; Plug the camera into your computer when you have videos on it, and it automatically loads them to the software; Easy to view videos within software, save them to hard drive, email, edit, delete, or upload to a website; Ability to save still snapshots within a video - great for those action shots; With software you can create special themed movie mixes automatically, like playdate - it adds cute music and cartoon characters running across the screen, or vintage - adds old timey music and makes the video sepia colored with the little crackly black spots like you see on old movies, as well as several other themes to choose from - really cool; You can choose to add your own music to a video; Ability to email themed cards that look like picture frames with your video playing in the frame; Ability to go to certain stores like CVS Pharmacy, plug your Flip into a special machine, and directly create a DVD of your videos; Comes with a cord to plug directly into a TV to view your videos on TV."
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"A video camera the size of a box of cigarettes records up to 1 hour of your favorite 'instant' moments with an easy on off button, minor zoom and shuttling between videos."
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"I like the simple buttons on the back, the screen has great color, and it's pretty much dummy-proof."
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Camcorder

Camcorder:
"Audio quality is horrible, but otherwise a handy SD camcorder."
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"However I was really dissapointed that the details said it's a 60-minute camcorder and mine only lasts for about 25 minutes."
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"During all this confusing search, we came across Flip camcorder on amazon."
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"they sent it back saying nothing was wrong, enclosing a DVD of the video on the camcorder."
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"The only problem I have with the camcorder is that it uses the batteries quickly."
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"We were worried once we had purchased it as both of them have I pods and other camcorders."
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"Have owned 4 years, great camcorder., all your ever need"
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"Love this camcorder, easiest to use and quick with the transfer."
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"I found this 2nd generation 120 minute Flip Ultra on Amazon for $129.I would highly recommend this camera, even over more expensive and sophisticated camcorders."
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"I connected the camcorder to the TV so everyone was able to watch it."
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"I highly recommend this camcorder for someone who's looking for a compact sized device that's easy to use and doesn't cost a fortune! "
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Camera

Camera:
"These cameras are just terribly plagued by defects and problems, including the one I bought."
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"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"Exellent product, I have really enjoyed this Video CameraThe only problem like other camera's is not being able to see what you are taking in bright sunlite,other then that it is great."
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"Sometimes if you are recording a large group the sound quality is not as good as with a traditional video camera, but the picture quality comes out great!"
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"Removing video from camera to MAC is also a challenge."
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"Other cameras do some fancy stuff but this camera was faithful with beautifully clear videos."
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"The one advantage that the Flip has over the camera is that the Flip can record an hour of video on one gigabyte compared to the camera's 20-30min on a two gig sd card."
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"I am very satisfied and carry the flip camera in my purse at all times - just in case....It is so lightweight and easy to hold that I recommend it for people with arthritic hands."
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"The camera works as intended, it is easy to use und the video is clear."
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Clip

Clip:
"Unless you have some kind of weird thing for pheasants, this clip is really pretty boring."
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"What wasn't clear when I bought it was that the video is stored in a series of clips."
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"It turned those clips into one beautiful video with music playing in the background."
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"The cameras produce quality video, perfect for capturing at the moment clips of life happenings."
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"I've had this Flip camera for about 2 months, used it moderately (shot fewer than 30 short clips) and taken excellent care of it."
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"Unless you have some kind of weird thing for pheasants, this clip is really pretty boring."
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"This is the best camcorder for this task and the quality of the clips are good enough to watch on our hdtv."
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Compact

Compact:
"I highly recommend this camcorder for someone who's looking for a compact sized device that's easy to use and doesn't cost a fortune! "
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"It was so easy to figure out - the quality of the video is great and it's compact size makes it a steal for around $100."
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"It's small and compact and features easy access to unload files to my computer."
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"Other than that, this is an easy-to-use, fun, compact purse pocket size video camcorder! "
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"received in excellent condition, this flip video camcorder is compact enough to carry and film safety hazards."
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Connection

Connection:
"Some pitfalls are: the unstable USB connection--leaving the Flip in an awkward position when connected to the computer, some recognition problems, and constant program freezes during the download phase."
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"The only problem I have found with the product is the USB connection is very short and I recommend buying an extention cable to be on the safe side."
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"I connected the camcorder to the TV so everyone was able to watch it."
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"Easy connection to the PC or TV and great fun for the family."
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"The picture is very good, shows up well on laptop and tv - no connection problems at all."
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"It comes complete with a usb plug so it can be connected directly to a computer for easy uploading (no hunting for a cord), and it works with both a pc and a mac (I've used both)."
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"The best features are the built in software and usb connection."
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Connector

Connector:
"My only complaints are the USB connector."
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"My only complaint is that the USB connector might be a little touchy, I think especially for Macs."
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"It is simple to use and I love the USB connector that flips open and plugs right into the computer."
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"It fits comfortably in a shirt or jacket pocket and is easy to use."
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"The convenient the pull-out arm means no missing USB connector when you need it."
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"Second, a flip out usb connector sounds like a good idea, but I have yet to use it with a computer that has a usb port located in such a way as to make this convenient to connect....and I have two desktops, a laptop, a tablet pc and a monitor with usb ports built right into the base."
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"The camera's flip-out USB connector makes it relatively easy to download your videos to your computer (if the connector happens to align with your computer's USB ports without having to prop up the camera or the computer or both)."
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Fit

Fit:
"I liked this item and it's very handy for some quick videos and you can fit it in your pocket."
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"Fits in your pocket very nice product"
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"tiny and fits in a pocket, great for grandkid videos."
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"I guess there are more expensive newer models but this one fit my purpose perfectly."
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"It fits right in your purse and is easy to use."
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Image

Image:
"Not so great a pic on the television."
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"So far I have used this camera to record storm damage and to create a photo for a web page."
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"I would recommend it to anyone for local usage, you need to download the images to clear space."
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"The image quality is only good but having something this small and easy to use makes up for a lot."
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"YES it does produce surprisingly good image and sound -- and it's PERFECT for YouTube and other video blogging purposes."
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"I love everything about this little gadget but, yeah there's a but... the quality of the image is'nt great."
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"Just wanted to say that for future shoppers who may expect a very high image quality 'cause most of the reviews i've read they say how wonderful the image is and i was thinking damn maybe mine has a factory defect but i don't think so... it's just the way it is."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Not as easy as the instructions say."
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"This camera is so fantastically easy to use I never even opened the instructions."
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"My four year old grandson has taken some pretty good videos on it with minimal instruction."
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"It is so easy to use that no instruction manual is necessary and I am not electronic savvy."
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"No need for instructions, it really is that easy to use."
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"The instruction booklet is super easy."
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Light

Light:
"Cons: Not great in low light or indoors under regular room lighting; Audio quality not the best; Memory capacity not expandable; No video light; USB arm can be a bit difficult to fit just right in PC."
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"Dim light isn't so good but normal indoor lighting and daylight shots are very good quality."
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"Things I hope they will add change for the next version: a removable memory card so I can record more than one hour, and a hole in the bottom for a tripod to go - I know, it's a small and light camera, but sometimes it is hard to hold it still, especially if you are using it to interview someone for a long period of time."
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"We used this on vacation and it was light, easy to whip out and video and super duper easy to download the video and share with our family back home! "
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"If there is enough light it will record great."
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"It's cheap, easy to use, light, and has good built-in software for posting videos to Youtube."
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"But I honestly think this is the best invention ever well besides the microwave, well there's the car and the stop light and how about the ...well you get the point its a really nice camcorder and it's afforable."
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"It's simple usability is impossible to beat and quality, particularly in low light is outstanding for a camera that costs $100.For something to carry everywhere or for kids you can't beat it."
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Memory

Memory:
"Cons: Not great in low light or indoors under regular room lighting; Audio quality not the best; Memory capacity not expandable; No video light; USB arm can be a bit difficult to fit just right in PC."
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"If you do not create a DVD from the movie you took, you could never clear the memory and could not shoot another hour later on!"
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"Sound is great, image slightly saturated but i like it, works well in low light, quite quick (2 seconds more or less from start to shooting), TV quality is great, application+driver are on the memory (no instal required), ...Downside: not enough configuration (no menu, not able to disable the sounds, ...)."
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"I would like a little more memory, but for the price you can't complain at all."
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"The Flip Video encased all of the wonderful memories I had in Vermont, and when I uploaded the videos onto my laptop it only took a few minutes each section."
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"In the end, I think the Flip is okay, but it's not really better than the movie feature on my four year old Canon PowerShot digital camera which, by the way, has a tripod mount and normal mini usb connection and the additional advantage of taking great still pics and using removable memory cards."
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"I got this in the mail after i ordered it and the mailing is on time which was good but i really wanted to put some videos on the internet and the quality on the video was so bad it was not even funny i could hardly even make out my friends in the video i would not reccomend it if you wanted to put your videos on the internet but it is good if you want to just capture some memories when your on the go."
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"It is very easy to upload to my computer and share my memories with far-away relatives."
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Plug

Plug:
"I'm imagining them testing the thing out and realizing the flip out usb plug wasn't that great but by that time they had already spent so much time on the design making the flip part work and were so invested in the name and marketing was all set to roll on it, so they felt they needed to keep it."
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"Camera does what it says, but:1) sound quality at more than 5 feet pretty weak and no way to plug in external mike2) batteries dead in less than 1 hour even though ram not yet full, and3) uploads to grouper and youtube take HOURS even for 10 minute clips."
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"I was able to plug the Flip into the computer and copy all of my videos, but it doesn't look like I'll be making new ones."
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"It is so easy to use and also easily plugs into my computer to view my video."
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"The software that comes with it is easy to use and sets itself up for you to just plug the camera into the usb port, hit the button and the program downloads it for you where ever you want it to go within the software program, you have 3 options, email, hard drive, and burning to dvd, it's so easy to do...really...can't say enough about this product....LOVE IT...."
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"It plugs right into your computer for easy downloading."
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"Great camcorder that plugs into the pc to immediately share videos on the web or to store on your pc using the USB port."
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Price

Price:
"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"I'll admit the sound quality can be frustrating, but I just remind myself of the price."
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"Although it is a wonderful concept and one is still working, I am very disappointed to have spent that much money only to have it breakdown in two weeks time."
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"Easy, affordable and not complicated, I just love this handy dandy cam."
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"This cam is easy to use and cheap but there are too many other drawbacks."
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"And the price is hard to argue with."
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"I can't tell if it's broken or just a total piece of crap to begin with, but at this price, it's going in the bin as they say across the pond."
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"I would like a little more memory, but for the price you can't complain at all."
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"Needless to say, it's easy to use, fun, and relatively inexpensive."
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"Good price, quality and plenty of time - 30 minutes is more than enough."
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"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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Quality

Quality:
"Audio quality is horrible, but otherwise a handy SD camcorder."
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"Zoom quality isn't the greatest and the colors are a bit desaturated in overcast weather conditions, but that's to be expected from such an inexpensive camcorder."
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"However, while this version is pretty good - I would recommend considering the newer models (see video review).Pros-- Handy little camera - easy to carry around- Decent movie quality - while it is not great it is certainly good enough for YouTube- Included software is pretty intuitive- Competitively priced- Holds a full 60 minutes of videoAreas to improve-- Like all of the Flip Video camcorders the video can be a bit jerky shaky- This model requires Double-A batteries and is not rechargeable- Cheaper finish and look compared to the Flip Video Minis- Nearly twice the size of the Flip Video Minis- I had some quality problems when turning it on (it didn't always come on)."
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"Quality of film isn't extra clear, but good enough."
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"The sound quality is not the best, and it runs through AA batteries fairly quickly."
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"Great quality video."
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"The picture quality is fantastic and the sound even better (especially considering the small size (like a pack of 100 mm cigarettes)."
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"Good price, quality and plenty of time - 30 minutes is more than enough."
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"The picture quality is as good or better than my vcr video and the sound surprised me."
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"Very easy to operate with good quality video and much better audio than would be expected from such a tiny device."
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Quick

Quick:
"Love the product quick and easy to use, however there is a software glitch that has to be corrected the first time you download viedos."
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"After all, this is about quick snap-videos, not perfect film."
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"from machine to machine.. they're wrong and this solution is the BEST quick and dirty I've found."
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"Love this camcorder, easiest to use and quick with the transfer."
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"I liked this item and it's very handy for some quick videos and you can fit it in your pocket."
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"Its so easy to keep in your pocket and take out and make a quick video."
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"Love the product quick and easy to use, however there is a software glitch that has to be corrected the first time you download viedos."
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"Still, the Flip is great for quick hits and YouTube uploads."
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Screen

Screen:
"Well, it would get as far as displaying the logo screen and then it just went dead."
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"I found it a bit awkward to hold but nothing serious, it is pretty impossible to 'sneak' in video of the kids because it has to be held up in such an obvious position (its easy to point in the wrong direction so you have to watch the screen a lot).On the downside, I found the batteries (it uses 2 AA) don't last that long, essentially I have to put a new set in each trip (each hour of video)."
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"As with most cameras though the view screen is hard to see in bright sunlight."
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"The only minor problem is it's hard to see the display screen in strong sunlight."
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"Only problems are limited zoom and very difficult to see screen in daylight."
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"Well, it would get as far as displaying the logo screen and then it just went dead."
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"We used it to film my daughter's wedding and it was easy to use, great video quality and even easier to upload to TV screen or to pc to make a disc."
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"And I would I liked a bit larger view screen."
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"Very easy to hook and play on a t. v. screen as well."
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"I found it a bit awkward to hold but nothing serious, it is pretty impossible to 'sneak' in video of the kids because it has to be held up in such an obvious position (its easy to point in the wrong direction so you have to watch the screen a lot).On the downside, I found the batteries (it uses 2 AA) don't last that long, essentially I have to put a new set in each trip (each hour of video)."
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Simple

Simple:
"If you're still thinking about getting a video camera for home movies or amateur filmmaking, and are still confused about the various formats, and concerned about the cost, here's a simple solution."
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"User interface of device clear and simple."
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"What I liked: It's lightweight, simple, uses common AA batteries, and makes taking little videos easy."
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"Downloading to the computer is simple and I was able to create DVD's to share with my family."
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"The controls are very simple and the quality is great."
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"But just like a simple point-n-shoot still camera this is a great point-n-shoot video camera."
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Size

Size:
"However, while this version is pretty good - I would recommend considering the newer models (see video review).Pros-- Handy little camera - easy to carry around- Decent movie quality - while it is not great it is certainly good enough for YouTube- Included software is pretty intuitive- Competitively priced- Holds a full 60 minutes of videoAreas to improve-- Like all of the Flip Video camcorders the video can be a bit jerky shaky- This model requires Double-A batteries and is not rechargeable- Cheaper finish and look compared to the Flip Video Minis- Nearly twice the size of the Flip Video Minis- I had some quality problems when turning it on (it didn't always come on)."
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"I love the iFlip but I do have one small complaint."
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"The biggest problem I have is that its quite hard to take smooth videos, the the thing is so small that its hard to keep steady and when you watch the video later you are amazed at how jumpy jerky bumpy it is."
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"While video quality is not as good as a full size camcorder, the picture is clearly superior when compared to videos taken with a Treo 700p or using the video option of a Casio Exilm 5.0 EX-Z55."
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"2)Some form of anti-shake technology, because its so small and I just naturaly shake, it is sometimes hard to keep the camera steady, which is clearly reflected in my video."
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"Things I hope they will add change for the next version: a removable memory card so I can record more than one hour, and a hole in the bottom for a tripod to go - I know, it's a small and light camera, but sometimes it is hard to hold it still, especially if you are using it to interview someone for a long period of time."
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"Now the program used to create and edit movies are actually downloaded from the website and not the small version stored on the camera which is really nice."
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"Easy to use and small enough to keep on hand all of the time."
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"It was so easy to figure out - the quality of the video is great and it's compact size makes it a steal for around $100."
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"It is small, easy and takes excellent videos."
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"Very easy to operate, uncomplicated controls,so small you can carry it in your shirt pocket."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound quality is not the best, and it runs through AA batteries fairly quickly."
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"I'll admit the sound quality can be frustrating, but I just remind myself of the price."
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"Sometimes if you are recording a large group the sound quality is not as good as with a traditional video camera, but the picture quality comes out great!"
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"It definitely is not as good as a camcorder - the sound quality is not great and it doesn't zoom very far."
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"Second, it does not have the best sound recording quality (like a standard camcorder would have)."
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"THE ONLY PROBLEM WAS WITH THE SOUND."
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"Great sound."
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"The sound is good."
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"The picture quality is fantastic and the sound even better (especially considering the small size (like a pack of 100 mm cigarettes)."
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"I did not anticipate getting good sound but it is great!"
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"The picture quality is as good or better than my vcr video and the sound surprised me."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"The worst disadvantage is that it doesn't have a tripod socket."
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"Great price and great camera , my only complaint is that amazon recomended that we buy a tripod to go with this camera and when we did the camera has no threaded hole for the tripod to mount too very dispointing we had to return it the tripod , they gave us credit but really would have liked a flip camera with a threaded hole for a tripod , other that that it works good , goes thru batterys pretty fast found that its best to use rechargeable batterys target had the best price on those rayovac hybrid recharable ,"
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"A good value, but try to buy a model with a tripod connector if you can :("
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"I asked a guy at Best Buy(where I bought it) if it has the attachment for the tripod and it didnt."
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USB

USB:
"Finally today, after spending a maddening two hours trying to retrieve updated firmware from the Flip webside and trying every USB port on my PC without being able to save my videos, I called customer support."
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"for the price its ok-but no still photos, and the zoom is horrible- the usb gives a lot of weight to it when its plugged in."
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"Pros:SturdyEasy to useCool movie mixesSmallCons:USB is too shortNo video editingSpeakers are weak(very minor)"
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"I'm imagining them testing the thing out and realizing the flip out usb plug wasn't that great but by that time they had already spent so much time on the design making the flip part work and were so invested in the name and marketing was all set to roll on it, so they felt they needed to keep it."
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"Another reviewer mentioned incompatibility with certain USB ports."
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"My only complaints are the USB connector."
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"The software that comes with it is easy to use and sets itself up for you to just plug the camera into the usb port, hit the button and the program downloads it for you where ever you want it to go within the software program, you have 3 options, email, hard drive, and burning to dvd, it's so easy to do...really...can't say enough about this product....LOVE IT...."
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"More convenient than plugging camcorder into USB port (which you can do).Probably the best $105 I ever spend on audio video equipment."
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"Plugging it directly into your computer via the USB port (I have a Samsung Q1) makes it the perfect travel partner."
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"I would definitely recommend the Extra (male-female) USB cable."
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"It's been a lot of fun to use, the video quality is decent and the file transfer to my Mac PowerPC G5 is easy as pie (instead of using a USB adapter cable, I rest the camera on a stack of CD cases and plug it straight into the front USB port, gently."
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Video

Video:
"It was a battery failure, they said they could retrieve the video."
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"Also, its very difficult to burn DVDs from it and I have not been able to transfer the flip video to any other software like Microsoft movie maker for editing."
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"If you stop-and-start and make 10 short videos to stitch together to make one longer movie, it's almost impossible because the videos are downloaded in the wrong order."
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"Finally today, after spending a maddening two hours trying to retrieve updated firmware from the Flip webside and trying every USB port on my PC without being able to save my videos, I called customer support."
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"It took me multiple attempts to save my video files onto my PC."
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"Good video, adequate audio, tough case."
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"Other cameras do some fancy stuff but this camera was faithful with beautifully clear videos."
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"Now I get to see videos of her family in good format and almost as soon as she takes them."
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"The ease of recording and playback is remarkabe,the clarity of videos and still shots is competing with very expensive doalikes."
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"It's pretty good to have if the man needs to take some video of something."
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Weight

Weight:
"for the price its ok-but no still photos, and the zoom is horrible- the usb gives a lot of weight to it when its plugged in."
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"I am very satisfied and carry the flip camera in my purse at all times - just in case....It is so lightweight and easy to hold that I recommend it for people with arthritic hands."
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"It's lightweight and easy to transport."
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"What I liked: It's lightweight, simple, uses common AA batteries, and makes taking little videos easy."
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"Would recommend to anyone that wants a reasonable lightweight camera to take on vacation to film the kids."
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"Besides this ease of operation, the small size and weight for undemanding transportability recommend this camcorder for the young and the novice to capture experience and events."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"Zoom quality isn't the greatest and the colors are a bit desaturated in overcast weather conditions, but that's to be expected from such an inexpensive camcorder."
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"Digital zoom is never a good idea."
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"The only criticism would be the 2x zoom (we're used to more), and the fact that you should always carry spare batteries (it uses AAs and they run out in about 2 hours)."
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"for the price its ok-but no still photos, and the zoom is horrible- the usb gives a lot of weight to it when its plugged in."
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"Only downside is lack of optical zoom."
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"one more drawback is its inability to zoom."
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"The zoom doesn't show up nearly as clear as the regular shots."
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"But it does have a 2x digital zoom which works well with videos but which I never use in my still digital cameras."
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"A video camera the size of a box of cigarettes records up to 1 hour of your favorite 'instant' moments with an easy on off button, minor zoom and shuttling between videos."
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"Was reluctant to buy it because of its fixed focus lens, but video is surprisingly sharp at any distance--and the 2x digital zoom splendidly enlarges without disappointing image breakdown!"
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"I just don't think the zoom quality in the camera is all that great, but I enjoy the product..."
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