Instead I offer you pictures usually seen on a Technology Blog, Unboxing. What is Unboxing? Well, when a gadget geek (like me) gets a new gadget (like this one) they post the pictures of opening the incredibly well designed series of protective boxes to show the incredibly cool gadget inside. I think it started because some people did not believe that someone actually had their hands on such wonderful gear. Now it is simply a staple of technology blogs along with unprovable rumors about new gadgets and wish lists of what new gadget one really, really wants.
So exactly are you looking at? You are looking at a video camera. Yes, this is a solid state, flash drive video camera with USB connector. No tapes, no disks, no long user manuals. Yes, you will look like James Bond using this thing.
Here is the lens. Simple, unobtrusive, ready to fit in your pocket. It is about the size of a Reese Peanut Butter Cup package or a narrow and long deck of cards.
It comes with an ultrasuede pouch, a wrist lanyard, a composite cable (to hook up directly to your television set), and a tiny, tiny user guide, showing you what buttons to push to to take video. That's all. Five minutes after taking it out of the box, I went into the backyard and shot this video. You will have to click on the link to see it. I could have embedded the video in this post, but I wasn't sure how bad that would be for anyone trying to read this via dial up. It's already a pretty chunky post with all these pictures.
I used the included cable to hook it up to our 60" television. It's great quality video! Then I went over to the computer and flipped open the USB plug hiding in the top and plugged it in. Video on your desktop! When I moved it to Flickr, they do compress the signal quite a bit, so the video you see is not as good as the raw video (AVI) that you can see on your television or your computer. And it is regular digital video. You can edit it, add music, or splice several clips together. The device holds 60 minutes of video and both unloads and recharges from the USB port. Flip also makes a slightly larger unit that uses AA batteries. I know there are a lot of parents out there that are carrying this everywhere to get video of their kids without bringing a camera as big as a diaperbag. I hope to use it during the convention and again on our European cruise in October.