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Flip Ultra Series Camcorder 60-Minutes (White) by Review Summary ,  Jul 30, 2015

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Flip Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (White)
Report Date: 12/31/2015
Based on 1630 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.0
Returned or considering to return: 6.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Color5.0   average
Design5.0   average
Simplicity5.0   average
Compact4.8   average
Fit4.8   average
Portable4.8   average
Simple4.8   average
Tripod4.8   above average
Value4.8   average
Anywhere4.7   average
Size4.7   average
Price4.6   average
Sound4.4   average
Quality4.2   average
Video4.2   average
Camcorder4.1   average
Camera4.0   below average
Battery3.8   average
Manual3.7   average
Internet3.6   average
Screen3.6   average
Amazon3.5   average
USB3.5   average
Control3.4   average
Instruction3.4   below average
Response3.3   average
Service3.2   average
Connection3.1   below average
Windows2.9   average
Zoom2.9   above average
Button2.4   below average
Power2.4   average
Support2.4   average
Lens2.3   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Amazon

Amazon:
"And, when I told them that I was just going to send the product back to Amazon because it is obviously faulty...they said, in so many words, go ahead."
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"I sent it priority mail so I have no tracking on it I would recommend if you want to buy it buy it from Amazon."
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"com to relay the problem and Amazon quickly issued an order to replace the defective product."
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"Buyer beware at Pure Digital I received from Amazon my (Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Orange) on July 31st 2008 Initially all went well and the quality was great and no problems with software."
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"So I was very disappointed, and I am ESPECIALLY unhappy that I will not get a full refund from amazon."
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"Looks like someone else bought this item, had the same problems, returned it to Amazon and Amazon farmed out to me."
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"Best of all, I got it on Amazon at the time on a special promo for only $54 and free shipping through Prime."
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"Amazon ( a great company) finally had to return my money."
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"A terrific purchase from Amazon! "
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"I bought the flip video ultra cam for a great price here at Amazon."
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"did not want to spend a lot of money and amazon had a great deal."
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Anywhere

Anywhere:
"If you can't get it to work, you may have to use just a fingernail, because if you press anywhere other than dead center of the red button it won't start or stop."
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"It is small (about the size of a deck of cards) so it is easy to take with me anywhere I go, unlike my old bulky video camera."
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"I agree the big red button to stop and start recording could work better but otherwise it's a good product for the price and very compact makes it easy to take anywhere."
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"This is a simple video camera you can take anywhere and the sound is so good I picked up conversatins in another room."
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"I've owned this since January 2008, and have found it invaluable - it's so easy to use & so portable & cheap that I can take it anywhere and put it anyone's hands and they can use it."
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"This is an easy to use camera that is easy to take anywhere."
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Audio

Audio:
"The audio is quite decent but not nearly as good as a VPC-PD2 stereo microphoned camcorder."
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"Terrible audio."
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"I found the audio a little weak but I think there are ways to increase it."
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"A lot of people complained about the audio, but I haven't really noticed much of a problem."
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"The audio isn't that great in playback, however when you download it, it is awesome!"
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"Very easy to use, fun to use, audio is not great but OK. You have no idea how long 60 minutes is until you start using one of these video cameras."
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"You can have it surprisingly far away from the action, and it will pick up the audio just fine and the things pretty far away still look good and not ridiculously far away."
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"36 40Audio Quality: The mic on this is also pretty nice, but it is a bit muffled."
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"All else considered, the audio is still fairly crisp and clear."
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"The video and audio quality are decent."
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"It is only 2 days old and the button has to be pushed 8 to 10 times to get it workingOtherwise the product is great, video and audio are great, zoom helps, but if you can't start and stop the video by pushing the button what good is the camera."
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Battery

Battery:
"All these new pocket camcorders have annoying thermal sensors to protect against exploding batteries."
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"On the other hand... my Flip has crashed countless times, which is fixed simply by taking batteries out and putting them back in, but it is a hassle."
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"8.5 10Battery: The battery life on this is pretty nice, you will rarely have to change batteries, but the fact that this uses AA batteries is a slight negative point; however, on field replacement can be seen as an advantage."
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"I can't believe how reasonable the cost was, plus it operates on regular batteries no charging device required!"
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"I've had this camera for about a year, I use it an average of once a week for maybe 10 minutes at a time (kitty vids) and the batteries have only just now started to go dead."
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"Worked excellent until something caused the battery contact to break off."
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"The first time I put the batteries it worked very nice."
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"I realize that a lot of the bulk of the device is because of the batteries but that is a good thing."
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"Modern HD pocket camcorders tend to take more like 3 watts, and they use these dinky little lithium ion polymer batteries that just have as much energy as 1 good rechargeable AA, so they only last about an hour per charge."
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"Use quality NiMH rechargeable batteries, don't use the crappy battery pack that flip video made, not much capacity."
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Button

Button:
"I guess the ease of acccess is okay, but its kind of confusing at first, because not only do the buttons each do a totally different thing, but many of them have two or three functions, that you have to try to put the buttons in the sequences to get the correct function."
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"the only problem i have with this is that the record button is sometimes hard to push, but for the price i got it for, i dont mind at all!"
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"The Flip camcorder is very easy to use, but the button for starting and stopping a recording is very hard to push."
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"There has been one problem: the red button designated to start and stop recording is often unresponsive, so it takes several attempts to start or stop recording."
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"Not great.2) Buttons are slow to respond."
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"What I Don't Like:The recording button on the Flip Video Camera can be hard to turn on until you get used to it."
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"IT DID THE JOB WELL, LITTLE DIFFICULTY WHEN BUTTON WAS PUSHED TO STOP"
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"If you are often overwhelmed by thick operating manuals and a multitude of buttons and arrows to press and click, this is for you: a device that gives nice decent (really decent) videos very easily! "
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"But still, the convenience of being able to press one button to record a video and then easily plug the USB into my computer to upload the file somehow trumps all of the cons of this being worse than my cell phone."
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"It has about 3 buttons so it's ridiculously easy."
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"The Flip camcorder is very easy to use, but the button for starting and stopping a recording is very hard to push."
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Camcorder

Camcorder:
"All these new pocket camcorders have annoying thermal sensors to protect against exploding batteries."
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"The audio is quite decent but not nearly as good as a VPC-PD2 stereo microphoned camcorder."
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"The Flip camcorder has its drawbacks, but at its best, it is an ultra-portable, lightweight and braindead camcorder."
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"In spite of the negative points I make in this review I only paid $50 for this camcorder (new, not used) and feel it is well worth this price."
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"As you are beyond the warranty period and our troubleshooting efforts have not allowed us to regain power on your camcorder, nor is your camcorder recognized by any computers, we are unable to further offer or suggest any means by which we can repair the camcorder or retrieve the videos; and our warranty policy does not allow for replacement of the camcorder after the 90 day warranty period."
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"Very nice camcorder for it's price and size."
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"It does it's purpose very well, as a basic simple camcorder that doesn't have much that can go wrong."
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"This flip video camcorder is quite energy efficient."
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"The winner of the camcorder was very excited as he was getting ready to leave on a hiking camping adventure in South America, Peru I think."
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"Overall the flip is a great device and a great concept, but if you are really interested in quality, maybe you should check out one of the newer flip products, or invest in a really nice camcorder, that might not have the portability."
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Camera

Camera:
"In the age of smart phones, this flip camera is pretty dated."
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"Looking back the quality wasn't the best when compared to small P&S cameras but at the price I originally paid I can't complain."
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"14 20Durability: Upon first impression, this camera does NOT feel very well built."
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"However, I would not recommend it for anybody else or if you need a camera that can take abuse."
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"I ordered the Flip camcorder when I saw that it was on sale for $50.00 -- I thought to myself that I couldn't buy a decent still camera for that price, and I could use it for both still photos and for short recordings of videos."
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"The camera itself is fine enough but the software is terrible."
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"Pretty good video camera and very easy to use."
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"I liked my original flip video camera!"
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"It was a good little video camera for its time."
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"This little camera has served me well."
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"-- I remembered I had a flip camera and got it out, still works great! "
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Clip

Clip:
"Sometimes it becomes quite inconvenient when you're reviewing long clips on the camcorder itself."
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"well...this product works well and the quality is good but when i tried to use the system that came with the camera to upload a video onto Youtube, it totally shrunk the video so not all the clips were there and the sound was really high and weird, but you just have to upload the video from the My Flip Videos file from your computer and it won't be cut short."
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"I like the indoor quality of the clips, but I was disappointed with shooting closeups, from about 2 feet away."
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"I simply save the separate clips and merge with freeware instead but pretty annoying."
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"the second time i tried to upload vidz there were around 8 of them all ranging from 10 sec to 30 minutes and my laptop was not able to retrieve the clips."
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"I found the .avi files to be inefficient, as one 30-minute clip I shot was 800Mb in size but once re-encoded to MPEG4 H.264 it was much smaller."
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"Awesome for quick easy clips... perfect for on the go Vlogging."
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"It allows you to edit, merge clips, add titles, etc and is definitely good enough for me."
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"Downloading clips is quite easy through the use of the built in USB, although I would suggest using an extension cable rather than trying to directly connect the device to a PC."
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"The clips have turned out well, although I would suggest using it for close up type recording."
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"The software that gets loaded on your computer so you can download, view, and edit your clips is pretty user friendly."
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Color

Color:
"The colors are a little washed out but the sound quality is very good."
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"Oh, and you can also take sills from video with the included software.6- A very nice 2 color LCD screen."
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"It captures motion well and the color is very good."
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"The Color LCD viewer is bright and clear and the One-Click record button is very simple to use."
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"Simple to plug in to your computer for great digital color picture and sound."
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Compact

Compact:
"It's small and compact and it couldn't be easier to use."
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"It's compact, easy to use but I found it a bit confusing to upload and post on a web page."
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"This camera is compact and records excellent quality video!"
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"The Flip is compact, very easy to use, to download and most important easy to share the video clips via e-mail to family and friends."
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"It is easy, compact, and has good quality considering the size and price."
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"I agree the big red button to stop and start recording could work better but otherwise it's a good product for the price and very compact makes it easy to take anywhere."
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"Inexpensive, relatively good quality video, compact, easy to carry, easy to operate, easy to access and view videos on TV or on your PC."
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Connection

Connection:
"The connection only works on occasion, this is an annoying problem."
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"I had problems connecting to my hardware and the software needs to be improved for easier editing and application."
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"I like:Video qualitySizeUSBBatteryI dislike:WeightFew buttonsNot being able to record while connected to tv"
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"The in built usb connection is a thoughtful build in, saving you the hassle of bringing a USB cable on your trip."
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"The one problem I have been experiencing is with the connection to the USB port and the camcorder being recognized by the computer."
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"While it is very user friendly and has a cool form factor, the video download and connection to the PC is not working and or gives very inconsistent results."
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"Another great feature is the built-in USB port for connecting directly to your computer for easy downloading (no need to connect with a cable)."
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"Took the camera out of its package, connected it to my computer and voila- was able to e-mail video files without a hitch."
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"Flip uses an unusual avi codec that only your computer will be able to decipher (after installation of the codec).So if you were thinking of connecting a usb drive full of videos to your TV, it won't work."
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"The flip connection makes it convenient and easy to download."
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"I had problems connecting to my hardware and the software needs to be improved for easier editing and application."
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Connector

Connector:
"Also with the hidden usb connector there are no cables to look for when you are ready to download your pictures."
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"The stubby USB connector pops out from the side of the camera; this can cause a problem if your USB ports don't have enough clearance, both from the bottom and on the sides."
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"The USB linkage seemed flimsy at first but I dug up a 6 inch USB connector and it's all jake now."
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"Yes, the USB connector is weird, but I have a USB hub (cheap) that I use to plug the videocamera into: problem solved."
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"I must have a unit with updated firmware.2) The flip out USB connector is nice but I would be careful with stress."
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"Uploading is super easy - just flip open the built-in USB connector, connect it to your computer and the FlipShare program will automatically upload your videos to your computer."
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"I also recommend reviewing the clips is on a TV monitor (TV mini OUT jack is supplied) or on a computer monitor- the viewer is very small (about 1 1 2 x 1)."
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"In addition to the camera, you get a pair of batteries to start filming immediately, a TV connector, wrist strap, and a nice carrying case."
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"Boy did I hit the jackpot, my sister-in-law was so happy with this little camera and said she figured out how to use it and send the videos right away even though she considers herself a non-techy kinda gal."
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Control

Control:
"This was recommended to me and thus far I have found very little to complain about other than volume control, BUT that's fixable through other programs I use."
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"You are not going to win any Academy Awards with the videos shot from this thing, and lack of control over the audio input is annoying."
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"And, lastly, the ridiculously unresponsive RED BUTTON that controls the record and stop function."
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"Perhaps quality control for the Flip Ultra is not as good as it should be yet."
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"So I am stuck there until I control alt delete out of it which is annoying and should be unnecessary."
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"My only complaints about this item are the controls."
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"The controls are straight forward and very user friendly and I like the fact that it uses AA batteries so if I'm travelling I can just pop in new batteries and I don't have to stop to charge it."
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"I also wonder how good the quality control at Flip is."
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"She was able to master the controls, and record 48 personal videos."
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"Because of its relatively cheap price, I basically let her have full control of it, and after about two weeks or so, noticed that she captured some amazingly funny and delightful moments with her younger sister."
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"It is so easy to operate, that she was able to master the controls in minutes."
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Design

Design:
"However, it has a fatal design flaw that makes me give this otherwise wonderful little camcorder one star instead of five."
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"It does exactly what it is designed to do: produce easily transferable tv quality videos with a minimum of technical interference (dials, buttons, and settings) in a very compact package."
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"Exceptionally well designed product, catch video and download directly via USB to your computer and thus website."
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"There are things I love about this little recorder... it's small and fits easily in my purse, I like the design of its function, I love how easy it is to plug it in to my computer and download the video."
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"Its design is minimalistic and effective."
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Film

Film:
"Given that we wanted this to film our now 14 month old son, it's completely unacceptable to me to have such an unreliable camera."
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"I have also burned my first DVD from the film I took and this could not have been easier."
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"It's good for quick and dirty films for youtube or to watch on your laptop."
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"Unfortunately, most of what I wanted to film was on the quiet side so I returned it and will be shopping for something that works better for me."
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"It contains its own software and that is perfect if you have ever tried to use some of the software available to edit films (nasty, frustrating and boring products)."
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"The film rate isn't great for quick movements, but the quality is nice and for the size and money you can't do much better."
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"Originally purchased this for my 12 year old son when he and his friends wanted to make some fun, short films."
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"(I'm talking family parties etc, it does a good job capturing everybody nicely).It can stand up on it's own so you can put it down and film without holding it!"
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"The absolute biggest con is that the film can be pretty shaky as there appears to be no motion stabilization."
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"The zoom feature is limited, but using it to film family and friends has turned out very well."
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"We didn't need fancy, just a quick way to film all our babies moments that would be easy to store."
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Fit

Fit:
"I just notice theres a hole in the bottom of the unit you can put the tripod intoDefinitely get a USB extension to plug this into because otherwise you risk damage to the arm or device by trying to fit it into the computer (on my laptop this was hard - the USB ports are on the back and I had to put several books underneath my laptop with the camcorder hanging from the arm!"
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"I hate lugging anything big around and this fits in my purse perfectly."
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"It easily fits into a shirt or pants pocket."
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"This unit fits easily into a pocket."
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"It fits in my pocket and my husband can enjoy all the little moments he misses while at work and it takes no extra work on my part."
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"It's easy to use, fits in my pocket and the picture quality is good."
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"it does everything I need, fit my low budget, and is super easy to operate."
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Image

Image:
"The failure to download images was so disappointing."
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"What a disappointment to lose images of student performances that I can never duplicate."
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"As a matter of fact, if you click fast, you could take a still video but as a photo but the quality is not good at all and you can't zoom very much."
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"The sound is not good overall and the there is no image stabilization, so I had to edit like crazy to prevent motion sickness."
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"I hate to say it, but I can get comparable images from this tiny wonder."
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"The only weak point of this cam is that the image is poor when you move as you film."
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"got this as a gift--took great videos, really clear and crisp images."
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"The photo quality is decent, but it's grainy in low light."
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"Images clear - esp outdoors."
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"This is better than a digital camera for me to get great pics of my family and friends in our activities."
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"I was pleasantly surprised at the clarity of the images and the ease of operating and downloading."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"Contacted customer support and tried 2 attempts to reset camera per their instructions but it didn't work."
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"There is very little zoom power, and though there are pretty simple operating instructions, I find it hard to get the record mode going."
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"Haven't been able to use it much, but the instructions are very limited (vague) and could definitely use some work."
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"Disapointed in instructions on use."
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"Another positive note - tech support seems to be hanging with me in trying to fix my problem - except that I need to interpret all their instructions for the Mac since I can't convince them I'm not working on a PC (I just settled on trying to get this to work on the Macbook pro."
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"Main drawbacks are the instruction book--it was so lacking that I used the Amazon reviews rather than the booklet for troubleshooting and usage."
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"This was so easy that I didn't have to read the instructions."
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"Easy to figure out without the instruction manual."
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"The Flip is so easy to use, you could spend about 60 seconds in the instruction manual and know everything."
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"There is very little zoom power, and though there are pretty simple operating instructions, I find it hard to get the record mode going."
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"It comes with very easy instructions and it is very easy to use and download to my computer."
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Internet

Internet:
"I have googled the internet, and have found that a lot of people have this problem."
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"Internet searching revealed many others with the same problem."
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"After spending a few days restarting my computer a zillion times, and spending hours on the phone with tech support, I finally fixed the problem myself by Googling it and finding the answer on the internet."
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"Searched the internet to see if anyone else had my problem and found others that were told the same thing- can't be replaced or repaired."
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"The one real advantage to this camera is the ease of uploading video to the internet."
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"I love the quality of the product, the simplicity of using it and the user friendly interface between the product and uploading the videos to the internet."
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"Then when they see how good the videos are and how easily and quickly you can upload your video to the internet, they're usually compelled to buy one for themselves."
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"Though there is room for improvement in making uploading a bit easier, the simplicity of using the camcorder as well as the quality of the output is more than adequate for recording videos for internet usage."
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"Since the software is built into the camera and doesn't actually install on the computer, you should be able to plug it into any computer with an internet connection and upload instantly."
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Lens

Lens:
"Sure, it's not HD, and maybe the optical lens isn't the greatest, but for the price, ease of use, and portability, I've been quite satisfied with it ... until now."
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"My only complaint is that I wish the zoom lens was just a little bit better, because while you have a little bit of zoom, it's so little, it's not worth using."
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"I dropped a friend's Flip Video camcorder and it shatterd the outer front glass lens & damaged the silver ring around the lens."
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"I got an email back advising that the lense was not repairable or replaceable - which I found hard to believe as the camcorder is built out of seperate components."
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"Under the broken lense there is still another smaller glass lens - so - EUREKA- the problem was solved."
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"It's hard to match the picture quality of any Carl Zeiss lens but I need something faster and easier."
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"Quality of video is great when plugging into a TV, 2X telephoto of limited use because of pixillation, but normal lens has remarkable clarity for such a small package."
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"Because it's cheap (I paid sixty bucks), I'm not worried about damaging it, and as long as you are somewhat aware that there is a lens, there is not much to break anyway."
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"The bag it comes with is good for protecting the finish & lens."
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"Keep the lens clean and be creative !"
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Light

Light:
"The camera shape and light weight are not the best for a solid hand hold."
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"While this camera does have a few minor annoyances (no FF or RW on the camera's vid playback, an annoying red light that starts up whenever recording), this camera packs an amazing punch (all for under $80 at your local walmart)."
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"The video quality isn't spectacular, and you have to make sure you have enough light for what you are filming, but for just posting videos on he internet, the quality is just fine."
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"Another downside is that in bright light, it goes into a high speed shutter mode to compensate."
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"Sure, it wasn't great...but it was low light."
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"I need something fast, reliable, and that can take something decent in low light conditions (aka: anything indoors) - I have missed many great moments with what I have already - my Fuji camera (bad in low-light) and the Handycam (takes too long to get ready).Let me just tell you how impressed - I not only have AWESOME indoor movies of my 20 month old (just try to get one to stop pose smile on demand) - but I got SNAPSHOTS too!"
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"You're gonna need a good amount of light in order to make something look good, but after all the sensor is tiny in this thing."
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"The photo quality is decent, but it's grainy in low light."
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"Takes good pictures inside with low light also."
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"Light weight and small so it's perfect to carry around everywhere."
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"Small, Light, Simple and Fun!"
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Photo

Photo:
"The quality of the still photos taken from the video wasn't so wonderful, but the video was pretty good."
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"At first, I tried uploading my videos directly to Photobucket (photo and video sharing site), but it was painfully slow."
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"Its small size and ease of use were nice and convenient, but it gave me so much headache as I try to download the photos that it is just a huge disappointment."
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"Last night it took me all night to try to save all the photos - what a waste of my time and a frustrating experience."
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"I really like the ability to capture still photos from my videos and have made good use of all of the built in software."
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"It is simple to use out of the box, and the detail is remarkable for the still photos captured from the video stream."
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"great cam for on the run and taking photos of friends and family- EASY to use...you won't be disappointed!"
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"I don't even care about high definition at this point, 480 isn't distracting and the photos for what they are would appear nice."
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"It was easy to get still photos from the videos, although they are not very sharp."
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Plug

Plug:
"The camera is supposed to install the software as soon as you plug it into a USB port, and it tried, but Installation Failed popped up and it made no further attempts to install."
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"The only drawbacks to this device are that you can't plug in an extra memory card and no useable zoom (forget the digital zoom....looks like crap).[...]"
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"Did have trouble with getting an error message when downloading the videos (which is also easy - you just plug the retractable arm into the USB port - I advise getting a USB extension chord to use this bit as its easier to plug in)Something about having to validate my version of Windows, which was annoying..You might wanna check out your Windows media player version in this instanceI believe FlipVideo has a webpage that tells you what your computer requirements are for to download the program to get your videos to the the web (this it does automatically - you plug the retractable arm into the USB port and after that its simple(Unless you're pestered by messages saying you need to Validate your copy of Windows.. annoying!"
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"I just notice theres a hole in the bottom of the unit you can put the tripod intoDefinitely get a USB extension to plug this into because otherwise you risk damage to the arm or device by trying to fit it into the computer (on my laptop this was hard - the USB ports are on the back and I had to put several books underneath my laptop with the camcorder hanging from the arm!"
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"Speaking of the Flip's USB plug, it seems rather flimsy."
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"I got frustrated when I got home because when you plug it in it doesn't upload like it should."
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"But still, the convenience of being able to press one button to record a video and then easily plug the USB into my computer to upload the file somehow trumps all of the cons of this being worse than my cell phone."
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"I like it because it is fast and easy to plug in and make a movie."
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"THE FLIP VIDEO IT'S THE BEST TING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO SPEND LOT'S MONEY AND GET GREAT VIDEOS TOTHE SOFT WARE THE COME'S WHIT IT WORK'S WELL WHIT VISTA 64 AND IT IS TRUE PLUG AND PLAY VERY EZ TO USETHE ONLY DOWN SIDE ARE IT ONLY COVETS VIDEO TO AN AVI FORMAT WHILE TI MAKE A MOVIE WHIT WMK YOU NEED A WMV FORMAT AND THAT IT AS ONLY 30 OF RECORDING TIME THE MEANS IF GOING ON A TRIP BRING A LAPTOP WHIT YOU TO DOWN LODE THE VIDEOS Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, 60-Minutes (Green)"
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"It's so nice that the USB is built right into the camera so all you have to do is to plug it directly into your computer."
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"Uploading to your computer is very easy and you can plug directly into the TV for immediate viewing."
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Portable

Portable:
"Regardless of how cute and portable it is, if it's not reliable, it's just useless to me."
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"I've owned this since January 2008, and have found it invaluable - it's so easy to use & so portable & cheap that I can take it anywhere and put it anyone's hands and they can use it."
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"Of course it's not broadcast quality, but good portable camera."
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"It is truly easy to use, and is convenient and portable."
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"It is very cute, light weight, portable, and very easy to use."
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"I wanted a SIMPLE camera for her to use that was easily portable so we bought the Ultra (F260B).The good:The camera works great."
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Power

Power:
"As you are beyond the warranty period and our troubleshooting efforts have not allowed us to regain power on your camcorder, nor is your camcorder recognized by any computers, we are unable to further offer or suggest any means by which we can repair the camcorder or retrieve the videos; and our warranty policy does not allow for replacement of the camcorder after the 90 day warranty period."
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"The 2nd one which had the exact same problem (wouldn't power on) was out of warranty."
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"But after about six-months' usage, it was dead with no reason...the power just could not be turned on again."
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"It is really hard for me to imagine that there aren't people at Pure Digital who wince every time they read this sort of complaint and wonder why the powers that be chose to use 3ivx's codecs."
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"I had a minor problem with case - the power switch doesn't work inside the case."
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"Overall, I give it a 4 star rating - the problem with the waterproof case power switch is completely avoidable with proper design so this flaw is a minor irritant at best and a show-stopper at worst."
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"What I Like:The Flip Video Camera is very easy to turn on - you just slide the power switch on the side of the camera."
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"Battery power is excellent and the built in software pack works, not perfectly, but well enough."
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"There is very little zoom power, and though there are pretty simple operating instructions, I find it hard to get the record mode going."
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"I bought this for my siter in law and she loves it..Easy to carry around.. power using a two AA battries..In short works as advertised...Will be buying one more for my wifey dear..."
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"Certainly the quality of the flip is good enough even for a power point presentation."
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Price

Price:
"I know a lot of people who have bought this product and had no problems at all, but for me i am very disappointed and out some money."
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"Looking back the quality wasn't the best when compared to small P&S cameras but at the price I originally paid I can't complain."
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"Don't waste your money on this piece of junk."
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"the only problem i have with this is that the record button is sometimes hard to push, but for the price i got it for, i dont mind at all!"
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"The only negative thing I have to say about the Flip is the current price."
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"I ordered the Flip camcorder when I saw that it was on sale for $50.00 -- I thought to myself that I couldn't buy a decent still camera for that price, and I could use it for both still photos and for short recordings of videos."
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"Very nice camcorder for it's price and size."
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"I bought this at a good price, and decided to get one due to my growing family."
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"I know a lot of people who have bought this product and had no problems at all, but for me i am very disappointed and out some money."
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"Looking back the quality wasn't the best when compared to small P&S cameras but at the price I originally paid I can't complain."
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"Also, if you're a person who likes to video some of your travel adventures, it's good because it's cheap and you don't have to worry about losing it."
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Quality

Quality:
"The 1 thing I wished it had was bitrate configuration options so I could increase the quality because video quality isn't very good because of the compression."
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"Looking back the quality wasn't the best when compared to small P&S cameras but at the price I originally paid I can't complain."
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"Downloading video footage is simple as pie, but the sound quality of the videos is greatly disappointing."
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"It's hard to match the picture quality of any Carl Zeiss lens but I need something faster and easier."
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"The quality isn't the best (especially when you are farther away), but I do love how tiny and practical it is for quick videos and to capture little moments."
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"Superb camera, used it for years for work and personal videos of high quality please come back Flip! "
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"The quality was excellent and you can still see many of my so-called humorous videos at your local YouTube station :)"
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"The display screen is very tiny on the device, but the picture quality is good once you transfer the file to a computer."
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"I like the older model because it is less expensive and I thing the picture quality is great."
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"The quality of the videos is decent if you don't get motion sick."
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Response

Response:
"Than on a web search regarding problems with this item I was amazed at the number of very negative responses to their customer service and did discover that some has been issued prepaid labels and when I challenged them about that was told that it was not their policy to pay shipping, however they would make an exception and attached a prepaid label (now was too late as I has already paid shipping and requested a refund which was denied) I requested was action was being taken on my start stop problem and the only answer I got was that it was being returned to me."
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"Those precious moments came and went as I tried to find that gentle touch technical support wrote about in their generic response to problems."
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"I received a response and solution to my problem within hours of sending an email."
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"The response I got to my query is patently absurd (see below in it's entirety)."
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"Their response was outstanding; and in the middle of a holiday weekend."
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"Pure Digital Customer Service response to emails is excellent."
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"Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black)Easy to use--set-up and record--I was able to make a busiess video 10 minutes after recording responses for a seminar and show to those assembled---Love the simplicity of use..."
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"I am pleased with the Amazon service and response that I received when I made my online purchase."
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"Than on a web search regarding problems with this item I was amazed at the number of very negative responses to their customer service and did discover that some has been issued prepaid labels and when I challenged them about that was told that it was not their policy to pay shipping, however they would make an exception and attached a prepaid label (now was too late as I has already paid shipping and requested a refund which was denied) I requested was action was being taken on my start stop problem and the only answer I got was that it was being returned to me."
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Screen

Screen:
"I received a blue screen error and it will no longer run windows."
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"The downsides are that the zoom is pretty terrible, and the screen is very small but that's ok."
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"The ability to FF while reviewing on the tv screen is not there, but it nicely keeps the videos numbered separtely and easy to access."
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"One other point is be careful when using it in harsh industrial environments, especially manufacturing areas, i used mine in a forging industry once to video shoot the process (from a distance of 10-15 feet), but because of the heat, the CCD was damaged and now for some reason the screen does not work, but ofcourse this would happen to most camcorders,its just that this was a bit weak."
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"It can be a little confusing when you hook it up to the TV because the screen on the Flip turns off (its supposed to do that) but then you have to figure out how to navigate to see the other movies."
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"But this camera worked fine during the Warranty period, but now it has has failed (September 20) and the display is stuck on the opening screen."
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"The display screen is very tiny on the device, but the picture quality is good once you transfer the file to a computer."
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"I though about the fact that maybe my flip just isn't converting the batteries efficiently, but i am pretty sure the staticy screens aren't just from battery shortage."
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"Videos look good on my 50 big screen so I can walk around at gatherings and then show all what I recorded before the party breaks up."
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"I recently bought the 90 minute Ultra and enjoy it's slightly larger screen and additional 60 minutes (90 all together)."
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"But don't plan on capturing big moments and being able to see it clearly much bigger than a 6X6 screen."
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Service

Service:
"I was disappointed w their service because it took almost 3 weeks before I recieved my camcorder back (they promised to have it shipped out within the week they recieved the camcorder)."
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"Than on a web search regarding problems with this item I was amazed at the number of very negative responses to their customer service and did discover that some has been issued prepaid labels and when I challenged them about that was told that it was not their policy to pay shipping, however they would make an exception and attached a prepaid label (now was too late as I has already paid shipping and requested a refund which was denied) I requested was action was being taken on my start stop problem and the only answer I got was that it was being returned to me."
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"They were unable to save any of my video's (that was not an issue)So I urge you to consider well before you make a purchaseIf you ever need customer service, BE AWAREI am awaiting return to see if the problem has been fixedI did receive a refurbed item and thus far it has worked fine, however I did not get a refund on my shipping charges therefore I will not rate this item any differently"
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"After several calls to Support with customer service at [...], I downloaded fresh software and still had erratic success."
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"Their customer service department was horrible and offered no troubleshooting methods or other solutions."
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"I am so impressed with their customer service and their willingness to help me with damage caused by my own negligence."
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"Again, had the camera continued to work it would be an excellent purchase, but the value for the limited service life makes this a DO NOT BUY!"
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"Customer service never fixed the problem originally."
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"I even had to email customer service for a little help and was extremely satisfied with the care I received."
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"Pure Digital Customer Service response to emails is excellent."
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"I am pleased with the Amazon service and response that I received when I made my online purchase."
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Setting

Setting:
"The batteries are always running out or there is some mysterious setting that did not get set and all of the pictures are horrible....Not so with this little gem - a video recorder and a picture taker all in one."
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"(Don't forget to use the LAN Intranet option for the transfer bandwith rather than the default setting, so as to avoid degradation of quality.)"
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"BIG PROBLEM 2: In quiet settings, such as a room, the camera records its own internal storage sounds."
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"I shot some footage in a dark bowling alley and it represented the setting well without it's own light source."
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"The quality of the standard recording setting does a decent job of capturing the on-the-fly things."
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"I have tested it out numerous times in different settings, and it performs beautifully."
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"In a controlled, quiet setting some of the videos turned out quite good."
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")I did experiment a bit with converting the Flip videos to an appropriate format and found that at the best settings (converting into .mp4 format) there is little quality loss, but then the files take up 40% more room than the originals."
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Simple

Simple:
"Dead simple, surprisingly good quality and I enjoyed it, especially with the underwater case."
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"There is very little zoom power, and though there are pretty simple operating instructions, I find it hard to get the record mode going."
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"Not only can you not beat it for the money, but it is hard to beat for the simple convenience and ease of use."
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"For anyone who wants something simple, it doesn't get easier than this! "
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"This is so simple to use, it came fast and works great so far."
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"It does it's purpose very well, as a basic simple camcorder that doesn't have much that can go wrong."
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"Simple set up to your computer, has good options to make a movie from your recordings and edit them."
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"I'm glad I got one of these because I needed something very simple to capture product demos at work, and these great cameras are no longer being produced."
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"Pros:+Uses only 2 AA batteries+Very convenient+Plugs easily into the USB on my computer+Very simple to use."
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Simplicity

Simplicity:
"The interface is simplicity itself - it's so easy to use that my 10-year-old son used it at a wedding to record the antics of a 2-year-old boy."
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"The workshop participants appreciated its simplicity of use and the quality of its output."
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"I recommend this camera because of it's convenience and utter simplicity."
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"Flip Video Mino Series Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black)Easy to use--set-up and record--I was able to make a busiess video 10 minutes after recording responses for a seminar and show to those assembled---Love the simplicity of use..."
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"The quality of the video when blown up to TV size is surprisingly good, I thought, and it's again simplicity itself to set up."
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Size

Size:
"Looking back the quality wasn't the best when compared to small P&S cameras but at the price I originally paid I can't complain."
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"Considering the cost and size I expected some drawbacks in terms of quality etc but the results are very good."
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"I was hesitant to buy it at first because it's so small and was worried about how much the picture my hand would shake."
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"The downsides are that the zoom is pretty terrible, and the screen is very small but that's ok."
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"The main problem is that it is so small it is hard to aim it steadily and properly."
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"few small problems on the upload but easy to get past..."
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"Very nice camcorder for it's price and size."
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"Quick, easy, small enough to throw in your purse or carry in pocket."
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"Really, the only good thing about this camera is that you it's small."
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"Pain to download to save to computer...The size makes it very easy for traveling."
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"Because of it's size and ease of operation, I find myself catching all those little moments whether I'm at home or not."
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Sound

Sound:
"Downloading video footage is simple as pie, but the sound quality of the videos is greatly disappointing."
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"My only complaint is the same as others; the sound is ridiculous."
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"The sound quality is not the best but if you keep in mind where you are recording there usually is no problem."
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"For a camcorder at this price, you would expect the sound quality to be crappy."
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"fast and easy to use, not the best sound quality, but for on the go video taping, this item is great! "
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"The sound is not good overall and the there is no image stabilization, so I had to edit like crazy to prevent motion sickness."
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"Took a decent little video, sound could of been better."
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"It is an amazing, simple yet well made video camera with sharp video and very clear sound."
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"Sound is pretty good also."
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"The picture quality and sound are pretty good, but I wish it had been a tad smaller."
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"The sound quality is excellent, much better than you'll find on the camcorder function of any digital camera -- which is the reason we got this in the first place."
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Support

Support:
"Unfortunately the company no longer supports it with software and you are kind of out of luck getting your videos off of the device with the online interface."
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"Contacted customer support and tried 2 attempts to reset camera per their instructions but it didn't work."
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"I have been through 3 calls with Apple support, all giving me conflicting advice."
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"Well, contacting customer support would end up being one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had!"
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"GREAT TECH SUPPORT: I emailed tech support of my software installation problem late one night and received a reply the next morning."
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"I figured something was wrong with the software on the camera and worked for over three days with Flip support without ever solving the problem."
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"The customer support at PureDigital was great to work with; timely and helpful."
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"Well, contacting customer support would end up being one of the most frustrating experiences I have ever had!"
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"GREAT TECH SUPPORT: I emailed tech support of my software installation problem late one night and received a reply the next morning."
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"While I love the convenience of the Flip, tech support for this product is terrible."
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Tripod

Tripod:
"away, however if you will be recording young voices, I highly recommend moving much closer (2-3 feet away)especially if you plan on creating a movie (IDVD and Imovie are great for this if you have a MAC) Also something kind of weird is that the tripod screw is off to the side on the bottom-NOT centered, so I've taken to using a small bean bag style tripod so that the base can be manipulated to shoot even."
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"So best use is standing still or on a tripod."
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"I filmed it at 3 rows back, and the audio is barely audible (if he was speaking in a mic, then the audio may have been better), and a tripod is definitely recommended! "
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"The tripod is adorable."
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"I also ordered a cheap $5 mini tripod, which works great and holds this camera perfectly."
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"But now I need a tripod since I bought this for my business that would make it easier for me to use and more practical."
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USB

USB:
"Both kids and grandma could use itCons:-Only stores 1 GB-Only records for 30 minutes-The display screen is super tiny-Because this weighs so much, and because my USB port is about a foot above the ground, I'm worried that the USB port will snap sometime, because it doesn't seem too sturdy when it's plugged in."
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"The USB arm is cute, but hard to get in places like the back of your computer tower."
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"The camera is supposed to install the software as soon as you plug it into a USB port, and it tried, but Installation Failed popped up and it made no further attempts to install."
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"Also with the hidden usb connector there are no cables to look for when you are ready to download your pictures."
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"The only drawback I can see is that the flip out usb seems to be a little flimsy."
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"But still, the convenience of being able to press one button to record a video and then easily plug the USB into my computer to upload the file somehow trumps all of the cons of this being worse than my cell phone."
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"Pros:+Uses only 2 AA batteries+Very convenient+Plugs easily into the USB on my computer+Very simple to use."
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"The USB arm is cute, but hard to get in places like the back of your computer tower."
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"Another great feature is the built-in USB port for connecting directly to your computer for easy downloading (no need to connect with a cable)."
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"It holds up to 30 min of video, which is then easily downloaded into our computer via a USB that is part of the camcorder."
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Value

Value:
"Though the quality is not HD, it is definitely good enough to make this a great value for the price."
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"Again, had the camera continued to work it would be an excellent purchase, but the value for the limited service life makes this a DO NOT BUY!"
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"Great value, so we thought."
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"Overall, the Flip Video camcorder is a good value for the price."
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"Great value for 60 min."
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"This video camera is an excellent value and has many uses."
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Video

Video:
"The 1 thing I wished it had was bitrate configuration options so I could increase the quality because video quality isn't very good because of the compression."
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"Downloading video footage is simple as pie, but the sound quality of the videos is greatly disappointing."
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"The flip is a good little recorder, the picture and sound quality is great, but every time I try to put videos onto my computer there are problems."
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"The quality of the still photos taken from the video wasn't so wonderful, but the video was pretty good."
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"Let me just say up-front that this Flip camcorder is enormous fun, and has proved itself capable of taking some great video under challenging circumstances."
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"Pretty good video camera and very easy to use."
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"I liked my original flip video camera!"
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"Superb camera, used it for years for work and personal videos of high quality please come back Flip! "
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"Takes very good video and easy to use."
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"It was a good little video camera for its time."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"Since the warranty is only 90 days, there is nothing to do, except complain here and get another brand."
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"This problem started within the warranty period, but when I revisited the problem again with the company I was told that it was not under warranty."
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"The 2nd one which had the exact same problem (wouldn't power on) was out of warranty."
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"They said warranty is still good and will replace it if they are unable to reset it."
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"Unfortunately, It was over 90 days old(warranty period) so it's my loss."
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"When I asked for future help, the company informed me my camera was out of the 90 day warranty and I was pretty much on my own."
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"They said warranty is still good and will replace it if they are unable to reset it."
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"Ultra for 118. and it worked mostly well for about 3 months- the limited warranty expired after 1 or 3 months."
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Windows

Windows:
"I received a blue screen error and it will no longer run windows."
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"Did have trouble with getting an error message when downloading the videos (which is also easy - you just plug the retractable arm into the USB port - I advise getting a USB extension chord to use this bit as its easier to plug in)Something about having to validate my version of Windows, which was annoying..You might wanna check out your Windows media player version in this instanceI believe FlipVideo has a webpage that tells you what your computer requirements are for to download the program to get your videos to the the web (this it does automatically - you plug the retractable arm into the USB port and after that its simple(Unless you're pestered by messages saying you need to Validate your copy of Windows.. annoying!"
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"When attempting to install the software I received an installation failed message on Windows XP."
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"I had some difficulty viewing the .avi files that it creates because the computers that I have are so old (Windows ME)and they are not apart of the recommended system requirements."
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"When you export the videos from the Flipshare software that comes with it, it saves them in .AVI format which should be compatible with Windows Media Player, but isn't - as soon as you open one it gets an error and stops (it's not a problem with my computer or software - I can play all other AVI files fine with the same version of Media Player on the same computer)."
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"The program was very easily downloaded,on windows Vista and XP."
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"Did have trouble with getting an error message when downloading the videos (which is also easy - you just plug the retractable arm into the USB port - I advise getting a USB extension chord to use this bit as its easier to plug in)Something about having to validate my version of Windows, which was annoying..You might wanna check out your Windows media player version in this instanceI believe FlipVideo has a webpage that tells you what your computer requirements are for to download the program to get your videos to the the web (this it does automatically - you plug the retractable arm into the USB port and after that its simple(Unless you're pestered by messages saying you need to Validate your copy of Windows.. annoying!"
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"There was no problem installing it on a system running Windows XP, but the Vista computer was fussy."
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"It is so simple to operate and download onto my computer, and the software has been compatible with Windows XP, Vista and my iMac and Macbook computers."
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Zoom

Zoom:
"The minimal zoom facility is not so good however as it seems to be fuzzy when used to zoom in."
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"The zoom isn't very good, so it doesn't lend itself to sports unless the action is right in front of you."
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"As a matter of fact, if you click fast, you could take a still video but as a photo but the quality is not good at all and you can't zoom very much."
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"The downsides are that the zoom is pretty terrible, and the screen is very small but that's ok."
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"My only complaint would be, i would prefer more zoom."
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"Is great, but really needs a zoom."
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"It is only 2 days old and the button has to be pushed 8 to 10 times to get it workingOtherwise the product is great, video and audio are great, zoom helps, but if you can't start and stop the video by pushing the button what good is the camera."
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"It zooms pretty well and videos are very clear with decent lighting."
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"If you don't use the zoom, the picture is fantastic."
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"The downsides are that the zoom is pretty terrible, and the screen is very small but that's ok."
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