Yesterday we got nostalgic about camera formats of the past, whose ranks of retirement the Flip will now join. But we're still not convinced that Cisco should give up on the Flip camera line just yet. Here are five reasons why it's so popular, and why buying one could work for you.
The Flip is one of the best selling personal recorders, ever, and while it may not be a good fit for Cisco, there is clearly a consumer niche that it's been filling; just a few months ago it represented 22% of the entire camcorder market. Today many people increasingly bring out their smartphones when they want to capture a quick video, but there are still arguments to be made in the Flip's favor.
As adventrising pointed out in the comments of yesterday's post, the Price makes the flip an appealing option for filmmakers who want to capture action shots without placing their very expensive cameras in peril.
While $130 is far from disposable, it strangely would be a lot easier to sacrifice the Flip than our current pocket camera, the Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS ($200), perhaps because the Canon also does still photography. Either way, this makes the Flip ideal for vacations or activities where the camera might be in peril.
Ease of use
Know someone who's not camera savvy, or who can't really handle a lot of complicated buttons? Between its simple interface and extremely basic uploading process (no file transfers, not even cords are required, just plug the thing directly into the computer), the Flip has been a perfect gift for that audience.
Size and shape
You could argue that any camera today can do what the Flip has done, but it has to be said that its shape is perfectly suited for recording, especially recording oneself. Other handheld cameras may do it better now, and phones with front-facing cameras pretty much cover that functionality, but perhaps the speed of recording to computer transfer is what's made it so popular with video bloggers in the past.
There are several cameras for little kids these days, but there's not much middle ground between that bulky plastic and regular digital cameras. The Flip is a good option for older kids and even young adults who can be responsible with their equipment. Why not give one to your favorite niece or nephew? You may be encouraging the development of the next Wes Anderson or Stanley Kubrick.
Okay, we're mostly kidding with this one. But you have to admit, it's still nice to use "dead media" like Polaroid cameras or, dare we say it, record albums (a staple in our home media collection). We even have a fried who still buys VHS tapes, because not everything he wants to watch is available on DVD or Netflix. Who's to say the Flip camera won't acquire this same cache over time, and be fondly remembered -- and coveted -- by the in-crowd?
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