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Flip Cam?

HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
edited August 2010 in News & Other Stuff
Anyone use one for skiing? Price is right but am afraid zoom in not going to cut it. <a href="http://www.theflip.com/en-us/">http://www.theflip.com/en-us/</a>
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  • hogexpresshogexpress Posts: 106 Baller
    <p>
    check out the kodak playsport.  just went thru that 'process' of researching video cameras.  the playsport is waterproof.  it autoloads onto any computer and it shoots stills.  have had mine for about 2 months and think its great. 
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    keith
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  • The_KristaThe_Krista Posts: 105 Water Ski Industry Professional
    edited August 2010
    <p>
    The camera The_Krista uses is the Kodak Playsport HD. Its 1080p, waterproof up to 10 feet and really cute (most importantly...it comes in purple!) :) Only downside of it is that it doesn't easily mount to a helmet---although The_Krista is sure you could figure something out... The_Krista's solution involves duct tape and zip ties. The_Krista's standard solution for everything, actually. Zoom is pretty decent and it takes still photos as well.
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     Here : <a href="http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/PLAYSPORT_Video_Camera/productID.169976100">http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/PLAYSPORT_Video_Camera/productID.169976100</a>
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  • MattPMattP Posts: 6,111 Mega Baller
    edited August 2010
    Horton - The_Krista uses a flip when The_Krista remembers to take it with her to the lake. The_Krista got it before the nice HD ones came out. The_Krista has the regular one. The_Krista will see if The_Krista can find a video that The_Krista took with it and post it to show the quality. The_Krista thinks it is a great camera!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
    I really want good from the boat video. Nothing fancy. Just skiers clearly going around balls. Sony Bloggie also looks good.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
    <em>"The_Krista's solution involves duct tape and zip ties."</em>
    </p>
    <p>
    Wow! Dating looks rough these days. I better stay married.
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  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    The Flip seems to be the Cam. of choice for many skiers using the "Trakker" camera mount. And it's about the Best disposable price out there!
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    The Trakker. Never have really seen it work right. an ounce of slack at the ball and it is all over the place. Maybe the newer ones are better.
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  • D WoltersD Wolters Posts: 139 Baller
    <p>
    John,
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    <p>
    The flip will not do what you want it to do (Zoom in)
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    <p>
    While looking at the flip (HD) at radio shack. I purchased a Sanyo Exacta (HD) for a little more.
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    <p>
    Much better!!!!!!!!!
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  • davemacdavemac Posts: 451 Baller
    edited August 2010
    <p>
    My Flip Ultra HD zooms in?
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    <p>
    My guess is the most important feature when filming from the boat is the "image stabilization".  I recall reading on another site that there are different technologies/types of stabilization....some <u>far</u> superior to others and not necessarily more expensive. 
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  • The_KristaThe_Krista Posts: 105 Water Ski Industry Professional
    edited August 2010
    <p>
    The_Krista's posts have been hacked! Clearly the_krista would never actually refer to herself in 3rd person...
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    :-)
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  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    edited August 2010
    <p>
    For some reason, most of the better cam's in the $500-1000 range will not work very well with the Trakker. But the cheapy Flip seems to do Great. This same discussion has came up several times on other sites and the Flip always comes out on top for quality of shot, ease of use and price. Any cam that works well with the tempermental Trakker and costs under $200 would be a cam. to check out.
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    ZOOM in??? -what are you really planning to use it for? <img src="http://www.ballofspray.com/vanillaforum/js/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-laughing.gif" border="0" alt="Laughing" title="Laughing" />
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
     There is the right amout of zoom you want from the boat. Not super tight but not too wide. You know what I mean.
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  • D WoltersD Wolters Posts: 139 Baller
    The one (flip) we used in the boat was not the HD version and wouldn't zoom in enough, not sure about the HD version. I was able to get the Sanyo for $200
  • T-UPT-UP Posts: 70 Baller
    <p class="MsoNormal">
    <font face="Calibri" size="3" color="#000000">I’m looking for something like the Flo-Cam option (but use my camara mount) from Malibu. I want to control the camera from the driver’s seat, once I’m finished skiing and waiting for my partner to get ready I would like to view my passes I just made. <span> </span>Have like an 8” screen with all the controls and just mount it to the dash. Has anyone seen such a creature???</font>
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  • enjoiskiingenjoiskiing Posts: 10
    edited August 2010
    I think the Flip-Cam is a perfect choice for you needs. Here is a link of the video quality that it can produce: http://waterskitips.h2osmosis.com/
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    Yea yea
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  • h2odawg79h2odawg79 Posts: 599 Baller
    The "Horton impersonator" even has a Good sense of Humor! How will we ever tell the two apart?!?!
  • well if the real "horton" would not change my name from "HORT0N" to "Horton Impersonator" it would be ever harder to tell :D
  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,581 Mega Baller
    <p>
    Sample of what the Kodak can do: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD8fjwfAWiU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DD8fjwfAWiU</a>
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
    Matthew,
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    <p>
    Yes you are funny. If you do not change your screen name I will ban you from the site.
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  • east tx skiereast tx skier Posts: 595 Solid Baller
    I've got the Kodak.  It's pretty good, but have had unimpressive results with 1080p for panning shots.  Go with the 720p at 60 fps and it is much improved.
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
    Roger that is awesome. Do you have film from the boat with that camera. That is what I need to see.
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    <p>
    Sorry to see that you are stuck skiiing with Trish :-) Site looks beautiful.
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  • RogerRoger Posts: 1,581 Mega Baller
    edited August 2010
    <p>
    The site is Hidden Pass in New York owned by Jim Dibella. A bunch of Okeeheelee skiers took a Winabago trip up there last month for a couple of tournaments (I did  not go). There is a small segment from the boat in this one: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_VSYdQ5Oxg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_VSYdQ5Oxg</a>
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    <p>
    I'm stuck skiing with Trish and John quite a bit <img src="http://www.ballofspray.com/vanillaforum/js/tinymce/jscripts/tiny_mce/plugins/emotions/images/smiley-cool.gif" border="0" alt="Cool" title="Cool" />
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  • TJOTJO Posts: 11 Baller
    Horton, I got a flip cam (720p) for father's day this year.  The quality and zoom capability is great for filming a skier from the boat.  However, I took it to a tournament last weekend to film my kids and the quality was not so good.  The issue is the image stabalization when zooming in on objects at a decent distance.  So, my take is that if you only want it for filming your sets with the footage taken by an observe in the boat, it will work great.  I can post a sample vid tonight if you want it. 
  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    I only care about seeing the skier from the boat. This is a coaching tool
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    OK works for me. Thanks to all
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  • rodaroda Posts: 77 Baller
    <p>
    New waterproof Sanyo on the way:
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    <p>
     <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5605808/sanyos-new-waterproof-hd-camcorder-more-clarity-under-the-sea">http://gizmodo.com/5605808/sanyos-new-waterproof-hd-camcorder-more-clarity-under-the-sea</a>
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  • Alberto SoaresAlberto Soares Posts: 316 Solid Baller
    <p>
     
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    <p>
    <a href="http://www.goprocamera.com/">www.GoProCamera.com</a>
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    I made a few videos with it:
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    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BwBhQK66Zc">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BwBhQK66Zc</a>
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    <u><font color="#3354aa"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LSFDEOG1H4&feature=related">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LSFDEOG1H4&feature=related</a></font></u>
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    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbW-a8-jdas"></a>
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  • HortonHorton Posts: 28,927 Administrator
    <p>
    I ended up with the Kodak Play Sport.
    </p>
    <p>
    had some fun this weekend <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/BallOfSpray#g/a">http://www.youtube.com/user/BallOfSpray#g/a</a>
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