Welcome to a post dedicated to helping educators find alternatives to that amazing Flip camera. Before reading on, please take a moment to subscribe by RSS or email and join over 15,000 visits a month that follow both this blog and my 21centuryedtech Wiki. Your subscription and comments mean a lot to me and I also encourage you to follow me on twitter at mjgormans and pass this post on to a friend. Please continue to return as upcoming posts involve explorations in PBL, student web page evaluation, STEM, digital curriculum, portable one to one technology, and integrating technology with core standards. But first let’s explore alternatives to the Flip! Have a great week! – Mike
Enjoy this list of 12 alternatives dedicated to sustaining all of those amazing classroom activities that the Flip Camera has made possible. Ever since the Cisco announcement to discontinue the manufacturing of the Flip on April 12, 2011, I have been researching and creating this list of alternatives. I think you will enjoy and find comfort in knowing that some of your favorite Flip lessons can still be possible… even after your last Flip fails! I hope you find this information useful. Let explore!
Fabulous Flip Camera Alternatives For Education
1. The Kodak PlayFull 1080P – Could it be the answer to the Flip void? It is best described as a basic yet attractive minicamcorder, It captures full HD 1080p movies and will also shoots 5-megapixel stills. The included Kodak share software is used for editing videos and sharing on sites like Facebook and Twitter. The PlayFull also has the ability to add effects such as black and white, sepia, high saturation, and ’70s film look capture effects; face tracking; electronic image stabilization; and on-camera editing. Kodak even supplies a flip-out USB connector for that important direct connection to a computer. This camera is compatible with SD/SDHC memory cards, has 1 SD/SDHC Slot, and has an internal Memory: 128MB. It is powered by an included Li-ion rechargeable battery. Video modes include MPEG-4 – 1920 x 1080 – 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 – 1280 x 720 – 60 fps ¦ MPEG-4 – 1280 x 720 – 30 fps ¦ MPEG-4 – 848 x 480 – 30 fps. Camera retails for about $149.00
2. KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera - Discover another great Flip alternative from Kodak. This amazing little camera will capture HD quality 1080p video with 16:9 aspect ratio. It has the ability to record up to 10 hours of HD video with the expandable SD/SDHC card slot that can hold up to 32 GB. Upload by a class of students is possible using the USB connection or an SD card. Possibly the best feature of this camera is the external microphone jack that lets the user even record in stereo. Allowing for a direct line or cordless mike is a great improvement from using the built in microphone found in the Flip. Features also include built-in image stabilization, smart face tracking technology, and slow motion capability. It even allows recording from a distance and playback on a TV with the optional remote control accessory. Playing back also gets a boost with the included HDMI cable. Software allows students to edit and trim videos, add pictures and music to videos to make cool mash-ups, and grab still images from video frames. Camera allows for a tripod and is powered by the KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery KLIC-7004. The video file formats include video: H.264 (MOV), AAC LC.While the Zi8 list for $179.00, recent price drops have put it at the $100.00 level.
3. Kodak Playsport - Here is Flip alternative then can even get wet. In fact it can go up to ten feet underwater. It will capture images in 1080p HD. It even has built-in image stabilization. You can share on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter sites with ease. The built-in software and USB cable make editing, uploading, and sending e-mails simple. It will record up to 10 hours of HD video with expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB). It even allows you to review the highlights with slow motion playback right in the palm of your hand.The included video software allows you to edit and trim videos, add a voice-over to narrate your footage when editing on a PC, add pictures and music to your videos to make cool mash-ups, and grab and edit still images from video frames to get that perfect shot. It is powered by a KODAK Li-Ion Rechargeable Digital Camera Battery. File formats for video include H.264 (MOV), AAC LC. Camera retails for about $149.0
4. Samsung HMX-P300 – The HMX-P300 is the top end of the portable handheld Samsung video line. Possibly the best feature on this camera is the 3X optical zoom, not always a luxury found on this style of camera . Once this point-and-share camcorder is connected to a PC via the built-in USB arm, videos are upload automatically, saving time with file transfers. In addition, the HMX-P300 will also capture great still photographs, eliminating the need to carry around a separate camera. The Auto Focus and Smart Auto functions automatically adjust focus and shooting modes according to factors such as color, subject and brightness. This camera also features a unique Record Pause technology, allowing users to take a brief pause in filming before re-starting recording within the same file. The HMX-P300 comes with a rechargeable battery and supports H.264 files. The LCD screen is 3 inches in size and incorporates touchscreen technology. Check the Samsung site for upcoming availability. Retail is set at $199.00.
5. Samsung HMX-P100 – Is very similar to its more expensive and richer featured HMX-P300. For fifty dollars less users will settle for a fixed lens instead of 3X optical zoom. The LCD screen is also smaller at 2.3 inches.y. A school with a $1200 budget may do better at buying 8 of the 100′s over only 6 of the more expensive 300′s. Not much will be lost… and more students can be served. Check the Samsung site for upcoming availability. Retail is set at $149.00.
6. Samsung E10 – This Flip like camera features a 270° Swivel Lens built into the top of the camera that rotates 270° so students can enjoy more flexibility and achieve the perfect angle. This camera feature a 2.7 inch touch screen LCD and an H.264 recording file format. It also features a handy USB arm built into the bottom of the camcorder so that the user can easily transfer videos to a computer. The Samsung E10 camcorder allows for videos in high definition and still pictures in an amazing 8 megapixels. A rechargeable battery allows for 90 minutes recording time and there is the ability to use a tripod. While Samsung advertises a $179.00 retail price it was recently found on Amazon for $79.
7. Coby CAM5002 High Definition Camcorder – Perhaps the most inexpensive Flip alternative comes from Coby. For somewhere around a half of a hundred dollars your classroom can get into the video recording business. Some of the Coby product highlights include 1280 x 720 HD Recording, 32MB Internal Memory, SD/SDHC Memory Card Slot, 2.0″ LCD, 4x Digital Zoom, HDMI Cable Included, LED Video Light, and muvee Editing Software. My favorite feauture is that it runs on removable batteries which could be a big plus when involving multiple use by various classes. Recording file formats include M-JPEG and VGA. There is even an LED video light! Video formats include AVI (Motion JPEG), HD ( 120×720 @ 30 fps,and VGA (640×480 @ 30 fps). Most common retail price seems to be around $49.00.
8. Apple iPod Touch – Many school already have this amazing device in their inventory. The latest iPod Touch even has a video camera with HD capbilities. Plus, there is an advanced backside illumination sensor which delivers brilliant video in both bright and low-light settings. Students can edit and share movies with just a few taps using numerous web services. Download the iMovie app for $4.99. Incorporating the Multi-Touch, iMovie lets you combine and edit video clips, make them sparkle with dynamic themes, and add music and photos. Remember, you can easily sync all the video you shoot on iPod touch back to your Mac or PC.
9. Sony Bloggie Touch – Perhaps this could be your Flip alternative. It is quite easy to use. The attractive Sony Bloggie Touch shoots excellent-quality video at various frame rates. It also captures great still images. In fact, it’s was the new Editors’ Choice for pocket camcorders at PC Magazine. This compact camera lets students record anytime, anywhere.It Uses the MP4 format, 1920×1080 high definition, as well as captures 12.8MP still images. You may be aware that MP4 is optimized for the Web, so you can effortlessly upload your video and pictures to popular photo or video-sharing Web sites like Facebook® or YouTube™. The Bloggie can record and store up to four hours of high-definition video footage (default setting) to the Bloggie™ Touch camera’s 8GB of built-in flash memory. There is a built-in USB arm that easily flips-out and lets you connect your camera directly to your compatible PC to upload video and/or charge your battery without having to hunt for cables The camera also features steady shot image stabilization and face recognition. There is an included rechargeable internal battery. The recent Sony retail price was $169.00.
10. iPad 2 – Yes, the iPad 2 does have a camera that takes both still and motion pictures. The good is that the video editing software is available as an App. The larger screen real estate allows for easier editing and can even involve a collaborative group of students. Videos can then be shared using a variety of web applications. A down fall may be the difficulty of using a device as large as the iPad to point and shoot your video with. Also, be careful how you hold it, or you maybe covering the microphone. Bottom line… if you are fortunate enough to have a fleet of iPad 2′s, then put them to use in video production. In fact, you may want to take a look at any tablet or laptop you may be using in a 1 to 1 program. Perhaps there are possibilities you haven’t thought of.
11. Traditional Digital Camera – Don’t forget the traditional digital cameras. While maybe not as portable, there could be a lot of great reasons to incorporate them as your FLIP alternative. Easy uploads to computers or networks using SD cards is just one example. The camera can be used by one group of students while others upload using a card reader. How about the amazing still pictures that those traditional cameras are capable of taking? Many times batteries may include traditional AA… great for recharging batteries while camera is being used with another set of batteries. Many times you can find a quality camera that will do double the duty of motion picture and still pictures…. at half of the cost!
12. Mobile Phones - Don’t forget that a lot of students already own a mobile phone and many are capable of capturing video. Take for instance the iPhone 4 which has capabilities that include 640 x 480 (VGA) and 1280 x 720 (720p). Its advanced backside illumination sensor delivers great-looking video in bright and low-light settings. In dark environments, the iPhone allows one to brighten the scene with the built-in LED light. Students can even perform basic editing using the Camera app. Just drag to select start and end points on a filmstrip. While the Droid Smart Phones may not have the editing capabilities, they will capture some amazing videos. Transferring video clips to another device from the Droid is a breeze. Once a video is captured,just click a link to share it, and choose from a list from various accounts or connections , such as MMS, e-mail, YouTube or Bluetooth.
Thanks for joining me on this post dedicated to helping you find alternative to the Flip Camera. Remember when choosing an alternative for the Flip it is important to consider how the cameras will be used. File formats, method of uploading, and battery type may be very important. Be sure to research, get needed information, and cover your school’s needs. Please take a moment to subscribe by RSS or email and join over 15,000 visits a month that follow both this blog and my 21centuryedtech Wiki . Your subscription and comments mean a lot to me and I also encourage you to follow me on twitter at mjgormans and pass this post on to a friend. Also, remember you can retweet this post below. Remember to return as upcoming posts involve future explorations in PBL, student web page evaluation, STEM, digital curriculum, portable one to one technology, and integrating technology with core standards. Keep flipping video into your curriculum …have a great week, and enjoy the journey into the 21st century of learning! – Mike