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Pure Adds HD to the Flip Ultra Line

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Pure Digital (s CSCO) added a new HD model to its Flip Ultra line today and refreshed the standard definition version of the popular portable video camera. Take a look at the new device with this brief hands-on demo we shot (an example of the HD footage after the jump).

Untitled from Chris Albrecht on Vimeo.

The new Flip Ultra HD sports the following specs:

  • 8GB of built-in memory capable of capturing up to 120 minutes of video
  • Dimensions: 4.25″ x 2.19″ x 1.17″
  • Bigger, 2 inch, no-glare screen
  • 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280×720) video at 30 fps progressive scan

The Flip Ultra was the predecessor to the super-thin Flip Mino and Flip Mino HD. The Minos are nice because they have a rechargeable battery, but those batteries were locked into the camera. The new Flip Ultras bridge the old and the new by including a set of rechargeable AA batteries, but they can be removed and replaced with standard batteries if need be.

Flip Ultra HD Test from Chris Albrecht on Vimeo.

The new Flip Ultra HD also now has an HDMI output, so you can watch your high-definition home movies directly on your HD TV (cable sold separately; you have to use the HDMI cables that have a Type A connector on one end and a Type C connector on the other).

The new Flip Ultra HD will set you back $200. For comparison, the Flip Mino HD, capable of recording an hour of footage, sells for $200 on Amazon right now. I like the form factor of the bigger Ultra and the push buttons, so the Ultra HD is a welcome addition for me. But this new Ultra is actually slightly bigger than the previous Ultra, which may turn off people looking for a slim video camera.

Not to be left out, Pure also gave a refresh to its standard-definition Ultra video camera. The SD model has 640 x 480 resolution, records two hours on 4GB built-in memory, has the 2-inch no-glare screen and sells for $149.

6 Responses to “Pure Adds HD to the Flip Ultra Line”

  1. These are so cute – and the prices have dropped in 2010 so you can get teh Ultra (2 hour) for about $120 and the Ultra HD for about $150 if you look around. The HD is almost a better buy due to the recharable battery pack – that’ll run you about $20.

    i’ve loved researching this product, as i almost mistakenly went for the Polaroid version, which has horrible reviews. thanks!

  2. Hello

    Great videos. I think the Flip Ultra HD is a great camera. I wish they added image stabilization since that was my biggest complaints with the Mino HD. Another option is the Kodak Zi8, which is very comparable to the Ultra HD (I would say the Zi8 has the edge, but not by much).


  3. Kodak’s cameras (Zi6, Zx1) are cheaper and equivalent. The Zi6 also has a macro mode, important for gadget bloggers. However, Arrington got it right a year or so ago when he said the best solution for low quality, portable video is to use a digital still cam. Many now offer HD recording and don’t run much more than this $200.