Flip Camcorder?

Updated on December 22, 2009
T.S. asks from Fox River Grove, IL
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We are taking advantage of Best Buy's Trade-In program and sent back our MiniDV camcorder to them for a gift card. I was never happy with the quality of the MiniDV OR the process to capture it from the tape to the computer. It was a lot of hassle.

I would like to get an easy to use, easy to transfer, smaller camera. What does everyone think of the Flip Camcorders? What about a "regular" camcorder that uses flash memory? I like the compact Flip and the obvious ease of transfer, but I've read they aren't so hot in low-light situations ?? How are they for standard, indoor shooting (bday parties, etc?).


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answers from Chicago on

Just got one! Love it. The other kind are so much work we don't end up using it. This one is a keeper.



answers from Chicago on

We got a Flip about a year ago-so an older model. I love it. It's recorded really well at an indoor birthday party and at a dance recital in a big performance hall. The only time the images were dark was camping in the light of a full moon. Can't complain about that!



answers from Chicago on

I think the Flip is ok for spur of the moment things but the quality of the picture isn't great. If you want to preserve something special, I would get an HD camera. I have one that is a digital camera and records video in HD and it was around $200. It's super easy to use and no bigger than a regular camera.

The nice thing about the flip is that you can have it in your purse at all times without lugging a big piece of equipment but I use my other camera for events and milestones. It works best outdoors with natural light.

Good luck!



answers from Reno on

ok we have a Flip and absolutely love it. Super easy to use (easy enough that non techno grandparents can use it without difficulty) and the quality is excellent. I highly recommend it


answers from Chicago on

I LOVE my Flip!! I use it all the time. It is so easy to use and so portable. I keep it in my diaper bag to have on hand for those "oh I wish I had my camera" moments. I have never had a problem with low light issues. I got great footage of my kids blowing out birthday candles out in the dark with no problems. I really love this camera.



answers from Chicago on

I got the HD Flip from Costco about 4 months ago and it is the easiest camera I have ever used! We take soooo much more video now that we have it. My daughter who is 5 can even use it. ;o) I paid the little extra for the HD version and it was sooo worth it. :o)



answers from Chicago on

I think the Flip is just like a fun little toy to send the family emails of our little guy under ten seconds or so. Not great quality but super easy and convenient. I would still get the regular video camera.

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