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FLip UltraHD vs KODAK Zx1 Pocket Video Camera

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Small unibody digital cameras are starting to become very popular for those that would like to have a camera handy anytime. The two most recognizable products currentlyavailable are the FLip Nino/Ultra series and the KODAK Zi/Zx series. All are approximately the size of a disposal camera and have simplified controls. For the vs comparison, the FLip UltraHD will be compared to the KODAK Zx1.

Basic criteria for the comparison:

  • Single body design.
  • Integrated lens with no optical zoom.
  • Built in display.
  • Pocket sized.

FLip UltraHD

FLip UltraHD

  • Captures 120 minutes of HD video.
  • 2.0 inch anti-glare display (transflective TFT).
  • low or bright light recording.
  • Mini-HDMI connector.
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second (fps) progressive scan.
  • flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare™ software.

Camera Optics

  • Lens Type: Fixed Focus (1.5m to infinity).
  • Aperture: f2.4
  • 2x digital zoom

Video

HD Video Resolution Modes:

  •  720p = 1280×720 pixels (16:9), 30 fps, 8 Mbit/s data rate

Audio

  • Microphone: Built-in (stereo)
  • ACC Audio Compression

Storage

  • Memory: Internal
  • Included memory: 8 GB

Batteries

  • FLip video Battery pack – Type unknown

Weight

  • 179 grams

Approximate Retail Pricing:

  • $249.99 USD.

KODAK Zx1

KODAK Zx1

KODAK Zx1

  • Records up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB
  • 2.0 inch anti-glare display.
  • low or bright light recording.
  • Mini-HDMI connector with cable included.
  • HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second (fps) progressive scan.
  • Weather resistant design.

Camera Optics

  • Lens Type: Fixed Focus (70 cm to infinity).
  • Aperture: f2.8

Video

HD Video Resolution Modes:

  • HD60: 720p at 60 fps—16:9
  • HD: 720p at 30 fps—16:9 (default)
  • VGA: 640 × 480—4:3

Audio

  • Microphone: Built-in (mono)
  • ACC Audio Compression

Photo

  • 3 MP (stills, interpolated) JPEG

Storage

  • Memory: SD/SDHC card expansion slot with 32 GB support
  • Included memory: 128 MB

Batteries

  • 2 AA Ni-MH Recargeabke batteries

Weight

  • 90 grams without batteries

Approximate Retail Pricing:

  • $149.99 USD.

Overall Winner:

KODAK Zx1. The KODAK Zx1 has more bult in over the FLip UltraHD while providing similar 720p HD video recording capabilities. The ability to add upto 32 GB of SD card memory is a huge benefit and the lower base cost of the KODAK Zx1 really stands out too. The FLip UltraHD comes with 8 GB and cannot be upgraded. Persoanlly, I prefer the FLip UltraHD as far as the looks goes but the $100.00 higher price over the KODAK Zx1 is just too high for the added eye candy.  The added savings allows for the KODAK Zx1 buyers to invest in more SD card memory beyond the 128 Megs built in. Also the flip out USB on the FLip series cameras look cool but they do not function well with ports that are either too low to connect to or too high forcing the heavy camera to dangle. The ability to also take still images with the same KODAK Zx1 is a feature I certainly appreciate. No need to carry another camera for those unexpected moments. For parties, the KODAK Zx1 can take better close up shots with a minimum 70 cm focus. The winner is clearly the KODAK Zx1.

Recommend: KODAK Zx1

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