Over the last few years, as the pocket camcorder market has taken off, pioneer Flip Video has narrowly hung onto the lead it built by offering models with arguably superior designs and slightly better video quality. A few companies, including Creative, Sony, and RCA, have been nipping at its heels for a while, but none has been able to overtake Flip's offerings. Until now. While Kodak's Zi8 may not be perfect, it has a lot of the little extras we've been asking for--including electronic image stabilization and external mic support--and delivers very respectable video for a minicamcorder … Read more
After more than five weeks and 5,765 miles of driving through Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, and very, very small parts of Arizona and Nevada, Road Trip 2009 is over.
This was the fourth year I've done this project, and I've now covered a fourth major region of the United States. In 2006, it was the Pacific Northwest; in 2007, the Southwest; in 2008, the deep South; and this year, it was the Rocky Mountain region. All told, my CNET Road Trips have taken me through 21 states and have covered 18,618 miles. And while there … Read more
If you're going to go on the road for nearly six weeks, visiting some of the most interesting and most beautiful destinations in the United States, you'd better be able to shoot some video.
For me, heading out on Road Trip 2009, the question wasn't whether I'd be able to do so, but how I'd do it. In general, when I'm working on the kinds of stories I do during these projects, I'm loaded down with enough equipment as it is. So I don't want to, nor do I really have the … Read more
Flip Flash Album Free offers a chance to create and customize a digital photo scrapbook. With a well-planned interface and fun results, it's easy to overlook some of the less important aspects of this program.
Flip Flash Album Free is organized to look like a scrapbook, right down to the spiral-bound middle. You must navigate through several clearly marked tabs and utilize many file trees to organize everything. While it may be overwhelming to novices, with additional support from the Help file, everybody should be able to use this program. Setting up a photo album was a very quick … Read more
Jasmine France joins us as we cover a slew of unreadable watches, clocks and bulletproof watch winding safes. She also shows off her insane ability to read the faces of watches that no one else can decipher.
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Samsung announced several new digital imaging products today, including a minicamcorder aimed at challenging the Cisco's Flip line.
Samsung invokes HD to sell SD camcorders Samsung hits the budget camcorder trifecta: faux HD HDMI output, a ridiculously long zoom lens and an unncessarily expensive SSD drive. (Posted in Crave by Lori Grunin) July 14, 2009 6:00 AM PDT
Can Samsung's minicamcorder flip the Flip? With 1920x1080 video, a high-resolution sensor and a sleek design, will Samsung be displacing Flip at the top of the minicamcorder heap? (Posted in Crave by Lori Grunin) July 14, 2009 6:00 … Read more
Samsung's taking its sleek smartphone stylings and applying them to its debut entry into minicamcorder territory. Looking a bit like the Memoir, but with the lens section angled slightly upward for (presumably) more comfortable operation, the HMX-U10 combines an eye-catching design with some--but not all--of the features necessary to succeed in the competitive direct-to-Web camcorder market.
It certainly takes the lead by offering 1920x1080 30fps video; the Flip UltraHD, Creative Vado and Kodak Zi6 all do only 1280x720 720p. And while the CMOS sensor is relatively large compared to the Flip and Kodak--1/2.3 inch vs. 1/4.… Read more
FlipAlbum Standard allows users to organize their pictures into realistic digital photo albums, but there's a learning curve involved and some of the more useful features aren't available until you pay for an upgrade.
FlipAlbum's interface is fairly plain and most of the space is dedicated to viewing and creating albums. Before you can get started, though, you'll need to supply your name and e-mail address and wait for a key to be sent to you. Once that's taken care of, we suggest you use the Quick Start wizard. The wizard makes it easy to … Read more
For this week's Crave giveaway, we have a Flip Video Mino. Alas, this is not the Flip Video Mino HD, but it's still a nice little pocket camcorder and we had pretty good things to say about it in our full review.
Normally, the Flip Video Mino costs about $160, but you have a chance to get one gratis.
So, how do you try to win yourself a free Flip Video Mino? Let me enumerate the basic rules. Please read them carefully; there will be a test. … Read more
Pure Digital Technologies, maker of the Flip series digital video recorders, has a new update for its FlipShare software going out Tuesday that makes it easier to share videos without having to use YouTube, MySpace, or another video hosts.
Users can now create channels that can only be accessed by users who have been invited by e-mail. Any time you add a video to one of these channels, the people on your list get a message that contains thumbnail previews and direct links to the newly added clips. While the video quality may not be up to snuff compared with … Read more