Cisco Flip SlideHD
An expensive camcorder from Cisco
Flip’s latest camcorder, the SlideHD, is the first shoot and show camcorder. The device is, surprisingly, expensive. The CISCO company is well-known to offer devices at low prices. They justify the rise on the camcorder’s improved screen and enhanced internal memory. Should you consider buying it despite the high price? We tested the gadget and here is what we have to say about it in this review.
You can personalize the camera
To start things off, let’s take a look at the looks of the Cisco Flip SlideHD. The plastic body features Flip’s usual candy bar body which comes in a combination of two colors, namely silver (the screen) and white (the main body). Users can also choose to personalize their devices with prints, other colors, Hello Kitty patterns, celebrity-inspired designs and so on. While being smaller than the Flip Video UltraHD thanks to its 1.6″ x 3.5″ x 7.7″, the camcorder we’re reviewing today weighs more than others: 153g. But, on the plus side, it’s a solid gadget. The front houses a mic, fixed-focus lens and recording light; meanwhile, the rear features a 3″ LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 400 x 240 pixels.
Rechargeable via USB port
On the right side sits the power key and on the left is the USB dongle switch. While the top of the SlideHD gadget houses the USB dongle, the bottom comes with a headphone jack, tripod slot and wrist-strap notch. The LCD was, during our test, hard to see in direct sunlight, but otherwise fairly responsive; we encountered some problems when tapping it to play clips. The device offers another method of browsing clips: all you have to do is slide a finger over the sensor strip. What we liked about the touchscreen was the fact that we could easily slide it open and watch how it angled up and became a base which we could set down and view content hands-free. A second issue of Flip SlideHD we had was the fact that we accidentally touched the lens a number of times, which resulted in fingerprints.
Easy to use menus
The menus were all very easy to use. Settings, functions and the like are all easily accessible via the touchscreen, so the device features very few physical controls. The speakers weren’t that impressive, but that was to be expected. Because the camcorder is simple, you’ll see it lacks multiple resolution options, image stabilization and many more.
When it comes to shooting performance, the Cisco Flip SlideHD impressed us. Once we turned the device on and hit the record key, results were as follows: white balance, exposure and auto focus worked well and managed to keep color accurate no matter the lighting conditions, motion was smooth and image was fairly sharp.
720p HD resolution
The gadget needed between 0.9-1.2 meters between it and the subject in order to keep its focus; otherwise, results would turn out blurry. The 2x digital zoom degraded the picture quality and was certainly slow. The camcorder could record for 4 hours and the quality of the videos we shot at 720p/30fps was, once again, impressive: details were sharp and the colors were vibrant in good light conditions.
The Flip SlideHD is one of the best sharing devices out there. Since the gadget is compatible with Windows XP (SP2 or later) and OS X (10.5 or later), once we finished shooting, all we had to do was plug the USB connector into our PC and start using the FlipShare software. The latter offered all kinds of possibilities: save videos, edit and create movies with our clips, watch them afterwards, upload them to YouTube, Facebook, send them by e-mail and much more. The product also comes with an iPhone app.
All in all after this test we can say that the Cisco Flip SlideHD has both pros and cons. The main point is that its older and cheaper predecessors are far better than this one.
|* 16GB of internal memory (4 hours of video).|
|* Focus 1.5 m to infinity|
|* Video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels at 30 frames per second.|
|* A bitrate of 8.8 Mb / s|
|* Lithium-ion battery via USB 2.0|
|* Recording format Mp4|
|* Smooth Zoom 2X|
|* 8 touch-sensitive interface (Power, read, delete, file and four navigation arrows)|
|* 3.0 inch touch screen 400 x 240 pixels.|