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Review: Flip SlideHD Pocket Cam

Pocket Full Of Videos

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.

Flip SlideHD


4 Stars

+ Innovative flip and pivot design

+ 4 hours of HD recording time

+ Large touch-screen

+ Excellent software

+ Surprisingly good video

- Larger and heavier than competition

- Expensive

- Can’t record 1080p video

- No SD card slot

- 90-day warranty

  • alyoshka
    Cool , but still a little lagging in many aspects. Unless you're one of those trendy-electro-fashion freak wannabe's, I don't think you'd get into this one.
  • bri-guy
    There's a little more to this pocket camcorder that that, but I feel longterm all these things will be subsumed into mobile phones. The problem is that the interface, video quality and storage will all be compromises based on it also being a phone
  • TunaSoda
    Without substantial optical zoom, these and cellphone cameras are a waste of time in my book
  • Parsian
    One day Optical zoom will be obsolete
  • JohnnyLucky
    I just can't see myslef using one of these.
  • NapoleonDK
    I have a standard definition Flip Camcorder, and I can tell you this... They are gimmicky. However, being small, running on AA's, and being very easy to get the video off them, they do serve a purpose. The microphones suck though, for voice it's fine, but don't take them to a concert.