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Best Video And Camcorder Gadgets: Flip Video Camcorders And Other Hot Camera Gadgets

Updated on February 2, 2011

Flip Video Camcorders and Hot Camera Gadgets

Flip video camcorders just keep getting better and better! I bought a Flip video camcorder last November at Costco and paid just under $100 for mine.  It came with everything I needed, no software to install, and even included a small tripod.

However, they have continued to come out with more and more accessories and also many different versions of their camera.

If you are looking to buy a Flip video camcorder or any of their hot camera gadgets, check out their website as well as Amazon.

Pictures by Audrey Kirchner
Pictures by Audrey Kirchner

Flip Video Camcorders and Gadgets

At the moment, the following cameras are available

Slide HD - This slick camera sells for about $279 and is their most expensive model thus far. The beauty of this neat little camcorder is that you can record video and then flip it open and watch it right there on the screen. You can shoot up to 4 hours of video with this model. These camcorders also shoot snapshots. This video camcorder stores up to 12 hours of video.

Mino HD's - 1 hour and 2 hour model. This camera comes in 2 different models - the Mino HD 2 and the Mino HD 1. The only difference between these 2 cameras is the amount of time you can shoot. The Mino Hd 2 will give you 2 hours of video capability while the Mino HD 1 will give you 1 hour.

Ultra HD's - This model of Flip video camcorder runs off 2 AA batteries while the other cameras run off lithium batteries. The Ultra HD style recorders are pocket-size and the smallest and lightest of the Flip video camcorders. This is the style that I've used for the past year and have not had a bit of trouble with mine. Both these models have up to 2 hours of video recording available.

Features of all Flip video camcorders

  • They have a built-in USB port you merely insert into your laptop or computer and download videos - to your computer or to the Internet
  • Software is already installed on the camera so when you plug it into your computer, it automatically installs FlipShare software which will enable you to view your videos and then convert or upload them, share them out on the Internet
  • All Flip video camcorders come with cables so that you can connect your camcorder to the TV and play the videos on TV instantly
  • There is also a connecting port for tripods and hatcams on the bottom of most models
  • They are super lightweight and small in size making them easy to use and super easy to carry. I generally have mine in a case and put that around my neck so it's ready to use - or use it on my hatcam hat


Some of the cool things out right now for the Flip video camcorders:

  • Tripod - I have this and it is so cool! It has 3 flexible legs but then folds down flat. It is very small and easily tucked into my video case - which is the size of a pack of cigarettes or a little longer. You can use the tripod to set the camera up on a table for instance and then you can video tape hands free. I recently used this to videotape musicians playing - it was great and produced stellar video. This runs $14.99 if it is not included in the package.
  • They also have a new action tripod that will do the same as the regular tripod but is a bit sturdier. However, the action tripod can also attach to another surface - such as a deck or even a hat and you can videotape hands free. It runs $24.99
  • Flip sells USB cables if needed - $24.99
  • They also HDMI cables that you can connect right to your HD TV - $24.99
  • There is a power adapter that you can purchase - $24.99 - this is useful for travelers using their Flip video camcorders all the time and allows you to have your camcorder charged and ready to go.
  • Battery packs are available for $24.99
  • Soft pouches are available for $24.99 - a carrying case for your Flip video camcorder although I bought mine at Bestbuy for way less! They also have wool pouches available for the same price.
  • Also new is an underwater case - $49.99 - This allows you to take your Flip video camcorder to a new level - underwater. This case fits the HD and Ultra HD cameras.
  • Hatcams are available at and work with a lot of high definition video camcorders - they run $29.99 and can be sold as just the hat or as a kit - also available on Amazon

The prices on Amazon are much less than on the Flip video camcorder website!

Summing Up Flip Video Camcorders and Hot Camera Gadgets

Flip video camcorders really make it easy to have a great time and videotape your experiences. I remember the days of the bloated video cameras and the huge tripod that I had to lug around to videotape events or experiences. No more!

These slick little gadgets are incredibly durable yet produce extremely high quality video - and they are so lightweight you might even forget you have it with you.

If you're looking for a video camera that you simply do not have to be a rocket scientist to operate, this is the one for you. You simply turn it on and 3 seconds later, you are videotaping.

It has zoom capabilities and produces great audio as well. No software to load and it just gets simpler and simpler! You pop out the USB port and plug it in - any computer anywhere and you can see your videos - or plug it into the TV and you're watching video in seconds.

Try out one of the Flip video camcorders and see if you don't think the experience is well worth the money. As well, there are some great camera gadgets that can make your experience even better! I love the tripod and the hatcam and plan on checking out that underwater case next.

How to Use a Flip Video Camcorder

Another Tutorial on How to Use Flip Video Camcorder

How to Use a Hatcam with Flip Video

Flip Video Slide Camcorder Demo

Flip Video Demo

Flip Video Mino Demo

Flip Underwater Case Demo


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    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      6 years ago from Washington

      Thank you VR for stopping by and for commenting~

    • viveresperando profile image


      6 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

      great information! :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Glad you liked it - I absolutely love this little gem!

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      best flip editing software 

      8 years ago

      so great, Great review of the Flip. I learned a thing or to about video cameras today and software. Thanks for the infomation.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Hi Winsome - thanks for the read - I actually have a couple of vids on here that I made myself of my malamutes - snowshoeing with malamutes and then do dogs really watch TV - all those I did and then uploaded to youtube, then downloaded back to my hubs. Those are the ones off the top of my head I can think of. I don't have a video of me videotaping though!

    • Winsome profile image


      8 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Wonderful job of showing us everything we need to know. Are any of your flip videos on this or another hub? I'd like to see how you made it work. Rated up. =:)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for stopping by, Storytellersus! They are so slick it's marvelous!!

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Oh my gosh, I had no idea these were on the market! I could afford one from Cosco in the near future. Awesome!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      You could take this with ya to the gym, CM and videotape all those great conversations - not to mention the workouts! Thanks so much for the read.

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      carolina muscle 

      8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      There are so many cool gadgets out there now... I like this a lot!!!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Just think of all the things you could video tape! Then write about....addicting is what it is!

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi, I want one now! I love anything in the technology range even if it takes me ages to figure it out! great info, cheers nell

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Katie - thanks for the read - they are such cool little things!

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      Katie McMurray 

      8 years ago from Westerville

      Great review of the Flip. I learned a thing or to about video cameras today and software. Thanks for the infomation. Peace :)

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Myawn - what a cool thing to have with a baby! You must have one of course!! They are so easy I couldn't believe it. I was worried there was going to be software, all kinds of learning stuff involved but basically all you do is open it, zoom in, zoom out - whatever, push the button and you're on! Even downloading them is a snap.

    • myawn profile image


      8 years ago from Florida

      These are very good my son got one to video the baby its great and easy to use I want one now.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      GL - Glad I could be of 'help' - we cannot have too many gadgets can we? It keeps us mentally alert and wards off Alzheimer's - that's my excuse anyhow and I'm sticking with it. Thanks for the read!

    • G L Strout profile image

      G L Strout 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Okay, this gadget is now on my wish list. I knew nothing about these before this article. Thanks!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks for the read, Jess - I agree!

      Sandy - Thanks for stopping by - sometimes you can find them at Costco like I did and if there is a coupon....that's the only reason I bought mine but I surely love it.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I'm still waiting for the price to go down before I buy one. They do look slick.

    • Jess Killmenow profile image

      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Joyful microcosm of technological creativity and utility! What fun!

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Thanks MMP - You will not believe how simple it is to use - and like you said, it doesn't cost a fortune....another plus!

      HH - Thanks so much for the read - and the compliment!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A wonderful product and a well describing hub. Well done.

    • MyMastiffPuppies profile image


      8 years ago

      This is great, I have been wanting to get a camcorder to make videos of our Mastiffs but have not had a chance to do any research. I did not want to spend a fortune but still wanted something with relative good quality, and here it is! Thanks for sharing the great info.

    • akirchner profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      BKC - You'll love it! It is so easy to use it is ridiculous!

      Thanks BJ - as usual - your humor makes a pleasant end to a long, long day...and don't hang your Olympus - it has to be good for something or rhyme for heaven's sake....your Olympus could be 'pimp'-ous!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Wow! The Flip is hip! I'm gonna buy me one after I nuke my Nikon, polarize my Polaroid, stone my Sony, can my Canon, axe my Pentax, and castaway my Casio. I've already hung my Samsung. Have to keep my Olympus though, it doesn't rhyme with anything!

      Great review of the Flip, ak, with six valuable, versatile videos.

    • BkCreative profile image


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I am in the market - and these look great. You have included all the information I need.

      Thanks so much and rated up! Yay!


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