Posts Tagged ‘Flip’

Sony to Continue Making MP4 Cameras

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

In the wake of Cisco’s decision to discontinue the Flip, Sony has announced that it has every intention of continuing its Bloggie line of MP4 cameras. The Sony blog quotes the head of the Bloggie division in the U.S. –

‚ÄúSony remains committed to and excited about our Bloggie camera lineup.”
Sony Blog

Sounds promising. It’s always good to know that a manufacturer is committed to continuing a popular product line.

The Bloggie camera is similar to the Flip in that it records MP4 videos. It added some Sony flare to the camera, incorporating a swivel lens so you can star in your own videos. Until recently it shared the limitation of the Flip, both lacking a built-in light for filming in darker venues. The Bloggie has received some recent upgrades as well, as seen at CES. While it looks like the swivel lens is gone, the new features are definitely an improvement. The Bloggie Duo features an additional screen in front for self-filming.

The Bloggie Touch will be continued, and new Bloggies are on the way including the Bloggie Duo and the Bloggie 3D. The blog even hinted at a dual-screen 3D camera in the future. It sees a market for stand-alone devices, even as cell phones, Sony Ericsson included, are beginning to shoot HD video. According to Sony, there’s a market for both. I think they’re right. My 5 year old son can entertain himself all day with his mom’s Flip camera. We don’t have to worry about him calling someone at random, or downloading a paid app while messing around with our phones. It is simple, durable, and kid-friendly. We were already looking into upgrading to the Bloggie, and Cisco made it that much easier.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the MP4 camera market fares once the Flip departs. If Sony has anything to say about it, the future looks good. Let’s hope they’re right.

Cisco Discontinues the Flip Camera

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Cisco announced this week that it will be restructuring its consumer offerings. Part of this restructuring included a termination of the popular Flip video camera.

Cisco intends to focus on its networking and telecommunication products. It will offer transitional support for existing Flip customers. Part of the reason this has created shock waves in the tech world was that not only was the Flip a market leader, Cisco only purchased the Flip two years ago. It seems an awfully short time to give up a popular product. It was only this year that Sony and other firms came up with reasonable competition.

As a simple HD video camera, the Flip is pretty good. I’ve used the Flip a number of times for product review videos on this blog. My main complaint has been that there is no light, making it nearly impossible to shoot a quality video indoors. Sony added a light to its new Bloggie cameras, and I assumed the Flip would too. Now that the Flip is discontinued it will be easier to transition to the Sony. It wasn’t only pocket video cameras providing competition though. With my Xperia I can shoot 720p video, just like the Flip. I can also shoot 8.1MP still photos, something the Flip couldn’t do. Cell phones are quickly gaining ground in the consumer video market.

The news is certainly disappointing. Even more disappointing is that Cisco will be laying off roughly 500 employees by the end of 2011 as part of this restructuring. Hopefully they will be able to find new jobs by the time the hammer drops. If you have any thoughts about the demise of the Flip or just want to comment on my new blog layout, feel free to drop a note in the comments.