Thursday, July 1, 2010

Flip Utra

Not waterproof, no image stabilization, no zoom (it actually does have digital zoom) but it does have a tripod screw so maybe I will try some videos while riding like bobskoot and many others have done. I think all I need is a tripod mount for the RAM system as I have another handle bar mount laying around somewhere in my office. I may now actually have to clean the wind screen once and a while.

The Flip Ultra is a standard definition video camera that records up to two hours of video into internal memory. It has a built-in, flip out (hence the name) USB interface so there isn't any cable to mess with. It isn't waterproof but there is a waterproof case sort of like a miniature pelican case available for it. Unfortunately, you lose access to the tripod screw mount but there may be some other options like maybe the RAM panel mount. The price was right (fairly inexpensive with the coupon) and it is a very simple, one-button video camera that even someone like me can operate.

On another note, I just had a wonderful lunch with a colleague and his wife from Barrow (of all places.) They are here on vacation and it was great seeing them both somewhere besides in Barrow. We went down to the Flamingo Hilton to have lunch at their buffet. It is 104°F outside here and not at all pleasant to walk around in.

The conference finished up this afternoon with sessions on radio frequency engineering to support WLANS. I was hoping that they would have provided additional information such as tools and techniques to identify interfering sources. (such as microwave ovens and wireless phones). But like just about all of the sessions I attended, technical content was very high, marketing very low. In fact, in a couple of cases, completely non-existent. Speakers included many Cisco distinguished engineers and IETF chairs. The only marketing was during the keynotes by the CEO John Chambers and a CTO Padmasree Warrior who is a impressive speaker.


  1. Richard:

    sometimes the KISS principle is the best. less to go wrong, less to fiddle with. the Ultra flip has good reviews

    I was tempted to purchase one too. Many riders on our sportbike forum have versions of this type of camera and the videos look fine

    Wet Coast Scootin

  2. Unfortunately, I won't have an opportunity to try it out on the bike. We head out on our road trip in a couple of days.

  3. And the one I picked up isn't the HD version. SD only but it should work fine.

  4. Man, pretty soon Bobskoot is going to have everyone shooting video! It's interesting to read your blog because I never know where you will be. Keeps me guessing.