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Cisco has announced that it will close down its Flip pocketcam business

In one of the most astonishing bits of news we’ve seen in a long time, the iconic Flip video camera was officially pronounced dead earlier this week. Cisco, which paid US$590 million for the business from Pure Digital just two years ago, has decided to kill the entire company. In an unprecedented scenario, the Flip has been killed outright while holding United States video camera sales market leadership (marginally ahead of Sony and roughly double the share of third-placed Kodak). Why Cisco didn’t sell the brand rather than kill it is probably more to do with showing analysts it is serious about remedying its ailments, though if I were a shareholder, I’d be asking why some effort wasn’t made to extract value from a market leading brand and retaining the jobs of hundreds of people. The good news is that the Flip 4GB Ultra HD is already down to US$130, which makes it a worthwhile buy if your phone doesn’t yet shoot 1080p video.  Read More

The Steadicam Smoothee uses the same principles as full-sized Steadicams to smooth the sha...

It’s humbling, and in fact almost a little scary, when you realize just how far the video quality of mobile phones and pocket camcorders has progressed over the past few years. While features such as their resolution are truly something to behold, they do however have one distinct disadvantage when compared to their larger, heavier predecessors – they shake like crazy. It’s a shortcoming that’s addressed by the Steadicam Smoothee.  Read More

Mikey for Flip, a professional-quality external microphone for Flip Video

Blue Microphones has arrived at CES 2011 with two new additions to its high quality recording range. The company's latest desktop microphone, the Yeti Pro, is the first USB unit to combine 24 bit/192 kHz recording resolution with analog XLR output, while the US$69 Mikey external microphone for Flip – which includes a mic input jack – will likely be welcome news for fans of the popular pocket camcorder.  Read More

Sanyo's VPC-PD2BK Full HD 1080 Pocket Movie Dual Camera

Sanyo's new pocket camera clearly takes aim at the Flip, while at the same time liberally borrowing inspiration from its success. The design moves away from previous Xacti gun-shaped designs and adopts a more Flip-like form factor, even including the signature pop-out USB connector from which Flip takes its name. Assuming that Sanyo didn't infringe on any patents here, we're excited that the company sees the value and marketability of simple cameras with few buttons. That was the common appeal of the Flip, and that same simplicity might help Sanyo take a bite out of the pocket-camera/camcorder market.  Read More

The flipSYNC offers a convenient way to always have an iPod, iPhone or mini USB sync cord ...

One definition of the word frustrating is realizing you don’t have the right cord for the right job when you need it most - whether it be for an iPod, iPhone or one of the multitude of mobile devices that connect via USB. Presenting a simple yet effective solution to that particular problem is the Scosche flipSYNC, a keychain USB and sync cable about the size of a car alarm remote control.  Read More

Flip SlideHD gets more viewing real estate via a touch-enabled 3-inch widescreen

The Flip portable camcorder has a new form factor. In its first major redesign since hitting the camcorder market, the Flip SlideHD gets more viewing real estate via a touch-enabled 3-inch widescreen which, as the name suggests, slides out, resting on an angle for playback. The new Flip also has 16GB memory for up to four hours of HD video recording, double that of any of its predecessors.  Read More

The new Flip model is reported to include WiFi capability and a larger screen than the Fli...

The first major new Flip pocket video camera to be released since Cisco bought Pure Digital earlier this year will go on sale in early 2010. Reports indicate that the as-yet unnamed model will feature built-in WiFi capability and a larger screen.  Read More

The second generation MinoHD now has double the memory, a bigger viewing screen and HDMI o...

Of Amazon's top five selling camcorders, versions of the Flip take four of the slots. The 4Gb MinoHD holds fourth position, but things never stand still for too long in the world of gadgetry and the MinoHD has just been supercharged. The second generation model features more memory, a bigger viewing screen with better resolution and a more powerful lens.  Read More

The Kodak Zi8 shoots full 1080p HD at 30fps

Kodak is trying to out-flip the Flip with its latest pocket digital video cam, the Zi8. Aimed squarely at the heart of the hot compact video market, the Zi8 outdoes the Flip Ultra HD with 1080p recording, electronic image stabilization, an SDHC card slot, and an external mic jack. Plus it'll shoot 5-megapixel stills, track faces, and is designed to perform better in low-light conditions.  Read More

Flip Ultra and UltraHD

Pure Digital Technologies has launched the second generation of its popular Flip Ultra and Flip UltraHD. The two new Ultra camcorders feature two hours of recording time, a high-resolution two-inch anti-glare screen and a AA rechargeable battery pack, which can be charged using the camera’s flip-out USB arm.  Read More

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