It is not difficult to get started with the Flip. Holding up to its stupid-simple reputation, I was able to easily record and playback footage with confidence immediately upon removing the Flip UltraHD from the box. I didn’t need to consult the manual and I felt like I knew what each button would do before I pressed it — and believe it or not, I’ve never used a Flip before. For simplicity’s sake, I give it two thumbs up.
The UltraHD powers up in mere seconds and goes directly to the recording screen. It sports a 2x digital zoom that is not very useful and the autofocus kicks in at about four inches.
Cisco claims the UltraHD can last about 90 minutes between charges. I stretched it out to 94 minutes shooting moderate action. That’s par for the course with pocket camcorders. For comparison, the Flip SlideHD checked out after an hour and 40 minutes of filming.
If you are running short on storage space after shooting some footage, deleting old clips can be done in a snap with the easy-to-use four-way controller.
The UltraHD has no picture controls, everything is set to auto, including white balance and exposure controls. At 60 frames per second, the footage looks remarkably smoothly. The Flip’s 720 resolution is still below the 1080 offered by nearly every other HD camcorder.