We love to see consumer products that are redesigned to reflect the way the market is using them. With the advent of ubiquitous broadband and the huge popularity of video sharing sites, many people, particularly youngsters, want to upload their home videos to YouTube pretty much as soon as they’ve yelled "cut." Pure Digital has run with this idea with its new Flip video camera – an inexpensive, self-contained, simple camcorder that plugs straight into a USB port so you can upload your videos straight to YouTube.
The Flip, retailing at US$120 for the 512 MB, 30 minute version or US$150 for the 1GB, 60 minute version, records quite decent quality video at 30fps and a TV-friendly resolution of 640×480 – roughly the same as good consumer compact digital still cameras are now producing. It’s got a 1.5 inch screen for instant playback and review, takes AA batteries, and can be connected directly to a TV for playback.