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Chapter 1. Why Flip? > Old School, Meet New School

Old School, Meet New School

If you’ve been shooting video with a full-size camcorder, you may wonder what makes Flip cameras so special. They don’t have image stabilization, so video can be shaky if you’re not careful. Although the MinoHD and UltraHD shoot in high definition, its 720p HD output isn’t the best HD standard available. (I provide more details on HD standards in Chapter 2.) Its digital zoom feature enlarges the image’s pixels, creating some pretty blocky video when you zoom all the way in. It has no white-balance or manual focus controls. The lens wasn’t designed by a leading German optics manufacturer. And on and on.

Although these concerns are perfectly legitimate, they demonstrate a fundamental misunderstanding of what pocket camcorders are for and the areas in which they have an advantage over traditional camcorders. Allow me to bring some clarity to these concerns.


  

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