Flip Video hits the UK – is it overpriced?

I see that the Flip Video camera is now available in the UK. I remember being pretty excited when these things were initially announced in the US, and sent the company an email at the time asking when I’d be able to get one in the UK (answer – they weren’t sure yet).

I have to wonder if these guys haven’t missed the boat and are relying purely on brand recognition to get them through here. The disgo / Busbi Video Plus (see my review) has been available for six months already, and is priced £30 cheaper (available from Amazon UK and Currys). Now, the difference is that the Flip has 2Gb memory, but add a cheap 2Gb SD card for less than a fiver and then remember that the Video Plus has a fold-out screen, and it’s hard to see how the Flip has a market.

I’m not in the market for a cheap video device at this point, but I’m fairly sure I’d think twice about the Flip. If they’d brought the new Flip Mino device straight over the pond it might have been a harder choice, but as it stands, I’d look at the alternatives.

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7 responses to “Flip Video hits the UK – is it overpriced?

  1. I know what you mean. If the Mino was available now in the UK I’d by it in a second – but the Ultra is so much more ugly (lame reason to be put off I know), though the AA batteries are a plus.

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  2. Right. A lag of nearly a year just makes the other alternatives look more attractive, despite the looks.

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  3. To be fair, the Ultra records considerably better-quality video than the Busbi Plus. The latter seems to struggle with light changes, taking several seconds to (rather coarsely) ramp the exposure, while the Flip does a much better job on my cursory inspection. The Flip also records at a considerably higher bitrate, and is noticeably smaller than the Busbi.

    I’ll be comparing the two side-by-side soon, hopefully later in the week.

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  4. MoreGoatSoup

    Creative Vado is another option and as far as my research went – a better one. Currently priced at Creative Labs own store at £79 but I saw it on kikatek going for 57.59 incl. VAT.

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  5. Well, Andy:) the Flip camera is in Russia already also:)Thanks to US of course. And we got it not long ago, sure after you guys:) Tanks:)

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  6. Well, Andy:) the Flip camera is in Russia already also:)Thanks to US of course. And we got it not long ago, sure after you guys:) Thanks:)

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  7. I bought the busbi Plus after seeing you talk about it. I like it so far – and it even worked with seesmic… http://is.gd/sUD
    Nice little setup and since I use a Windows PC it was as easy as pie…

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