There are other low-cost video cameras out there, but the Flip has always led the way in ease of use and quality of output. I've had a Flip camera for a couple of years, and when I first got it, I was surprised and pleased by the quality of video I could produced using this extremely limited little device. The videos were, almost without exception, clean and focused -- and I was especially impressed by how well it behaved in low-light situations.
Perhaps I'm growing old-fashioned, but while my smartphone is great for snapping a quick photo if I don't have anything else available, for more planned activities -- family events, block parties, political demonstrations -- the Flip has been an enormously helpful device.
And it's great when speed is an issue and I don't want to fumble with my phone. If an interesting-sounding bird is singing in my front yard, or there's a TV episode being shot two blocks away, I grab my Flip, because I'm sure that there won't be any glitches, sudden phone calls, or other hassles -- I'll just get clean, useable video.
RIP, Flip. Like my Psion Revo, you were nice while you lasted.
Barbara Krasnoff is Features & Reviews Editor for Computerworld US and has been an editor and writer of technology features and reviews since the Intel 286 microprocessor was considered innovative.
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