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On The Flip Side – Pros & Cons Of The Flip Video Camera

No piece of equipment is perfect; you have to get what works best for your needs, and find ways to live with the rest. That said, there are some very nice features on the Flip UltraHD video camera I recently bought, and a few things I feel are ‘less than’ or missing….

The good stuff:

  • Small, convenient, and easy to use
  • Great video image quality in high definition (HD) format
  • Easy-to-use download and common MP4 format
  • Download & edit software that’s built in to the camera
  • Screw-in mount on the underside for a tripod or monopod

The downside:

  • The zoom isn’t great
  • Audio can be a problem, since there’s not an input for a external mic
  • They don’t include much for the price – would be nice to have a USB connector cord and a plug-in charger for the battery, instead of having to buy those things a la carte (I even bought a better camera bag than the one that comes in the box)

If you’re considering buying a Flip or similar mini video camera – there are lots of great reviews out there, and I encourage you to do a Google search on your own and go to stores to try them out.

You must keep in mind what these cameras were designed for – the average consumer who wants to take videos and upload them to YouTube for sharing with family/friends, and to do it at a low cost. Because of that, going outside those design specs might require some creative ‘work arounds’ to get the best results. These cameras are NOT designed to compete with high-end professional video cameras, even though they shoot in HD.

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No piece of equipment is perfect; be sure to research your options!

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If you’ve decided you ‘gotta’ have one, here are a few NEW options from Flip for you to think about:

Watch for video clips coming soon, now that I’ve flipped over my own Flip, and tips and ideas on how to use video for marketing and promoting your equine biz.

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Monday Morning Quickie – Video In The Palm Of Your Hand

Photos are worth a thousand words, but videos are priceless when it comes to marketing an equine business. There’s now a great camera option that makes it easier than ever to record video, and the camera I got fits in the palm of my hand.

While they’ve been out for a while, I recently purchased a Flip video camera. I got mine from Best Buy, paid the regular price, and have now used it a couple times. LOVE!

Here’s the one I got, the Flip UltraHD. It’s very similar to the Flip MinoHD in terms of features and length of recording time, although the MinoHD is a bit sleeker and more stylish, with a metal casing rather than the plastic one on my Ultra. Both allow 2 hours of recording time, and both record in high definition (HD) video.

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Flip video cameras – super-simple to use, with great results.

An excellent resource for equine businesses.

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I got the UltraHD instead of the MinoHD for two reasons:

  1. The Ultra works off either the included rechargeable battery pack, OR in a pinch you can use AA batteries; and
  2. It was about $30 cheaper than the Mino.

Tune in later this week for even MORE about my sweet lil Flip!

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