Since the release of the original Flip camcorder, the design cues for competing compact video camcorders--like Creative Labs’ Vado HD, Kodak’s Zi8, and even Cisco-owned Flip’s later efforts including the UltraHD--have been reduced to cookie-cutter designs, with a lens at one end and a preview screen on the back. With the release of the Flip SlideHD, mini-cam design has been turned on its head once again. The new design—you guessed it– slides open to reveal a large touch screen.
This innovative design could change the way videos are shot, viewed and shared by turning the act of powering-up, recording and uploading into a near hassle-free event. What good is a camcorder you can’t be bothered to use?
On the downside, this Flip is bigger, heavier and much more expensive than the competition, and it can’t record full 1080p videos.
+ Innovative flip and pivot design
+ 4 hours of HD recording time
+ Large touch-screen
+ Excellent software
+ Surprisingly good video
- Larger and heavier than competition
- Can’t record 1080p video
- No SD card slot
- 90-day warranty