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princesslily
06-02-2011, 10:48 PM
Does anyone have a Flip cam or something similiar? So you like it or have any recommendations for me? I am thinking about buying one for our up coming trip! Thanks for any suggestions!

bucket o' butter
06-03-2011, 06:54 AM
We have the Kodak Zi6 ( a few years old) and we love it. I think there are one or two newer models out now. It is easy to use and I like that it takes still pictures as well as video.

DawnM
06-03-2011, 07:24 AM
Kodak Playsport! Love it.

It records in 1080p, is waterproof, and takes a memory card for more video storage.

Dawn

Kies99
06-03-2011, 07:24 AM
I have the Sanyo Xacti (720p) that's a couple years old and I love it. Pictures are not so hot (They're good on a nice day outside), but the video and sound is quite amazing for the cost. Here's a link to the one I have and some links to a youtube video I took:

Cnet review (note that the video gets good review but as I stated the pictures are not the best, though by far not the worst either).
http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-camcorders/sanyo-xacti-vpc-cg10/4505-6500_7-33588391.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTDwOfT4jk4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14_r50Tqc_4

dex08
06-03-2011, 07:50 AM
Kodak Playsport! Love it.

It records in 1080p, is waterproof, and takes a memory card for more video storage.

Dawn

We also have a Kodak PlaySport and we love it too!! It's so much fun to be able to take underwater! We got it for this and because it records in 1080p and at the time we bought it the Flip cameras only recorded in 720p.

Flip is going to stop making their recorders soon too... Cisco (their parent company) announced in April they were going to shut down the Flip division.

MickeyMom2Boys
06-03-2011, 07:55 AM
We have the Kodak Playsport too and LOVE it! I think it takes better quality video than my $1000 cam corder. However, I think it's important to note that these cameras are really for close range only. They don't have a very powerful zoom for far away subjects.

LaurenLC
06-03-2011, 08:02 AM
We have a Kodak Playsport as well and we LOVE it! I really have nothing but great things to say about it.

disneyfun2007
06-03-2011, 08:47 AM
I have the Sony Bloggie 8GB Touch. It is ok. I would not buy another one. It takes ok still pictures but takes a while for the lens to capture the subject if not completely still. The video is good but the on playback the volume is low. It also has no flash for dark pictures or night video.

LuvLuvLuv
06-03-2011, 08:48 AM
we love the kodak playsport!!

satorifound
06-03-2011, 08:53 AM
We have the flip and it is super simple. We also have a couple more, but they are harder to figure out, the flip just works for us. It is the HD version.

beansmom
06-03-2011, 08:53 AM
I have the Sony Bloggie 8GB Touch. It is ok. I would not buy another one. It takes ok still pictures but takes a while for the lens to capture the subject if not completely still. The video is good but the on playback the volume is low. It also has no flash for dark pictures or night video.

I also have a Bloggie...I like it. I am not a video camera kinda person so it's good enough for me...was affordable...easy to carry.

RachaelA
06-03-2011, 09:09 AM
Kodak Playsport! Love it.

It records in 1080p, is waterproof, and takes a memory card for more video storage.

Dawn

I have this as well and I love it. Its also shockproof which is the reason DH bought it for me (and of course I did drop it on day 2 of owning it while trying to record Wishes at MK).

girli565
06-03-2011, 09:10 AM
We love our Flip. It takes really amazing videos and the sound is really decent. I love how small and portable it is. We took it on our honeymoon and we went ziplining in Isla Roatan and my husband strapped it to his wrist and took video of us screaming our heads off while ziplining. It's amazing video! Couldn't do that with a regular camcorder.

YukiPhnx
06-03-2011, 10:41 AM
I've been considering getting a pocket camcorder too.

My problem is that I like to walk around while filming, so I need to be able to hold the camera really still. Is it easy to do that with such a tiny camcorder? A lot of videos I've seen with these camcorders are pretty shaky, albeit excellent quality pictures.

girli565
06-03-2011, 11:06 AM
I've been considering getting a pocket camcorder too.

My problem is that I like to walk around while filming, so I need to be able to hold the camera really still. Is it easy to do that with such a tiny camcorder? A lot of videos I've seen with these camcorders are pretty shaky, albeit excellent quality pictures.
I think anything hand held is going to be a bit shaky but I really didn't notice the flip video to be shakier than bigger camcorders.

lisaross
06-03-2011, 12:07 PM
i have the flip, actually we have two flips - got a great price its the standard one not hd - anyway its sooo easy to use - like others said its not great a long distance but the sound quality is really good!

southern_redhead
06-03-2011, 12:10 PM
Kodak Playsport! Love it.

It records in 1080p, is waterproof, and takes a memory card for more video storage.

Dawn

Do you love yours? Has it worked well in water? My DS just got one and he's really excited. He wants to use it at the waterparks. He's been reading reviews and trying it out in the splash pool/slide at my mother's house LOL He did say something about reading that water got in the microphone easily and you had to blow it out.

RooRach0906
06-03-2011, 12:19 PM
Another PlaySport owner! We love it!! It is so easy to use and I love how you can add extra space with a memory card!! We got some great shots of DD in the pool (its awesome that it is waterproof) That was the biggest selling point for us in case DD throws it in a toliet or something. Best of luck! :goodvibes

SRUAlmn
06-03-2011, 12:20 PM
For those of you that have the Playsport...

Do you have the Zx3 or the Zx5? I know you mentioned that it wasn't great for far away recording, and I was trying to figure out if those of you who mentioned that had the 3 or the 5. Thanks :goodvibes

KelliLee702
06-03-2011, 12:25 PM
I have had it for a year now. I love the ease of e-mailing the videos to Grandparents and others! So easy to use the FLIP itself and love that the software is built right in. PLUG n PLAY basically.

ExPirateShopGirl
06-03-2011, 12:52 PM
I have the Playsport Zx3. Absolutely love it. I haven't had a problem with long distance recording. We have connected the Playsport to our HDTV via the HDMI cable that comes with the camera and haven't noticed pixel issues in far off shots.




For those of you that have the Playsport...

Do you have the Zx3 or the Zx5? I know you mentioned that it wasn't great for far away recording, and I was trying to figure out if those of you who mentioned that had the 3 or the 5. Thanks :goodvibes

mommy2threets
06-03-2011, 01:14 PM
I was going to get a flip and decided to get the Koday zi8 instead for two main reasons -

- you can take up to 10 hours of video with a 32 HD card (extra purchase) - great for vacations

-the ability to take still photos

I really like the Koday zi8.

lost*in*cyberspace
06-03-2011, 05:15 PM
I have a HD Flip camera and it's really easy to use. Be warned that this camera has been discontinued.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/technology/13flip.html?_r=1

njsweetP
06-03-2011, 05:43 PM
Another Kodak Playsport Zx3 owner here. Bought it last year before our trip to the lake, and after our Disney trip. This year we will be taking it along to Disney:cool1: I love the size, ease of use, and quality of video. Also it's easy to just pop the SD card into the computer and transfer the video. No complaints here.

torinsmom
06-03-2011, 07:23 PM
Kodak Playsport! Love it.

It records in 1080p, is waterproof, and takes a memory card for more video storage.

Dawn

Another vote for the Playsport. Mine is the Zx3. I haven't tried it underwater, but the pics and videos are awesome!

scdak
06-03-2011, 07:31 PM
Another Kodak Playsport fan here, used it during my trip to WDW in december, I had read reviews that it was not great in poorly lit areas but it did a good job for us at night, doing the fireworks, Illuminations etc. Big benefit to me was that it could use memory cards, I bought a few just for the camera since I don't have any way of downloading video when I travel.

mommytodarlings
06-03-2011, 07:42 PM
Wow, glad to hear all the great reviews for the Playsport. I just got dh to buy me one for my bday for our upcoming trip in Aug.

Can't wait to use it on vacation.

satorifound
06-03-2011, 08:20 PM
I have a HD Flip camera and it's really easy to use. Be warned that this camera has been discontinued.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/technology/13flip.html?_r=1

I was so sad when I heard this. My kids absolutely love their flips. :(

SRUAlmn
06-04-2011, 06:42 AM
I have the Playsport Zx3. Absolutely love it. I haven't had a problem with long distance recording. We have connected the Playsport to our HDTV via the HDMI cable that comes with the camera and haven't noticed pixel issues in far off shots.

Another Kodak Playsport Zx3 owner here. Bought it last year before our trip to the lake, and after our Disney trip. This year we will be taking it along to Disney:cool1: I love the size, ease of use, and quality of video. Also it's easy to just pop the SD card into the computer and transfer the video. No complaints here.

Another vote for the Playsport. Mine is the Zx3. I haven't tried it underwater, but the pics and videos are awesome!

Another Kodak Playsport fan here, used it during my trip to WDW in december, I had read reviews that it was not great in poorly lit areas but it did a good job for us at night, doing the fireworks, Illuminations etc. Big benefit to me was that it could use memory cards, I bought a few just for the camera since I don't have any way of downloading video when I travel.

Thank you so much! :goodvibes I wasn't really sure what the difference was between the Zx3 and the Zx5. Here are the two descriptions for anyone else who was wondering (from the Kodak website)
Zx3:
Push the limits. Press record.
•Waterproof up to 10 ft
•Full 1080p HD video
•Electronic image stabilization
$130

Zx5:
Fearless HD video.
•Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 10 ft
•3-step sharing[All models of digital still and video cameras manufactured in 2011 or later.] to popular sites, plus e-mail
•Full 1080p HD videos and 5 MP HD stills
$180

So does this mean that the Zx5 doesn't have the stabilization and the Zx3 doesn't have capabilities for stills?

torinsmom
06-04-2011, 07:24 AM
Thank you so much! :goodvibes I wasn't really sure what the difference was between the Zx3 and the Zx5. Here are the two descriptions for anyone else who was wondering (from the Kodak website)
Zx3:
Push the limits. Press record.
•Waterproof up to 10 ft
•Full 1080p HD video
•Electronic image stabilization
$130

Zx5:
Fearless HD video.
•Shockproof, dustproof, and waterproof up to 10 ft
•3-step sharing[All models of digital still and video cameras manufactured in 2011 or later.] to popular sites, plus e-mail
•Full 1080p HD videos and 5 MP HD stills
$180

So does this mean that the Zx5 doesn't have the stabilization and the Zx3 doesn't have capabilities for stills?

I don't know about the Zx5, but the Zx3 can most definitely take still pictures and the quality is pretty good. It's very easy to use. It has 4 modes for video and one for stills(5 MP). It's easy to switch between the modes and you just press one button to start and stop recording or to take a picture. You do have to change a setting on the camera when you want to use it in water.

I don't know how drop-proof the Zx3, but I just bought a little bag at Walmart that it slips right into. I also got a warranty from Square Trade in case I break it.

k5jmh
06-06-2011, 10:45 PM
I use the Zoom Q3HD. It takes great 1080p video, but I got it because of the Audio! Especially when at the Parks and for capturing school events! It sounds AMAZING.

http://youtu.be/z3j8IBJ9gxc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wocUscOlDLw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ6Jcgz9NvQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxq7nXLdr_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1B43D6KeSE

SRUAlmn
06-07-2011, 09:52 AM
I use the Zoom Q3HD. It takes great 1080p video, but I got it because of the Audio! Especially when at the Parks and for capturing school events! It sounds AMAZING.

http://youtu.be/z3j8IBJ9gxc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wocUscOlDLw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ6Jcgz9NvQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oxq7nXLdr_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1B43D6KeSE

Thanks for the input! Those videos are GREAT, however, $330 is a little out of our budget ;)

k5jmh
06-07-2011, 10:49 AM
Thanks for the input! Those videos are GREAT, however, $330 is a little out of our budget ;)

I got mine for around $260. But it was well worth it.

cmwade77
06-07-2011, 11:39 PM
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cmwade77
06-07-2011, 11:40 PM
You know, I have a pocket video camera (the Kodak Zi8) and I just got a new Panasonic DMC-TS3 camera, which takes 1080P video. To be honest, I like the quality better from the camera (which also takes great pictures, if you want examples, see my thread at http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=2734749 )

The only issue is the maximum length is 30 minutes, the Kodak doesn't have that limit.