The YouTube phenomenon has literally exploded over the past few years, and has actually led to the appearance of a whole new concept, that of “video social media”. I mean, just about every major social networking service out there also has a video section, why the number of online services dedicated solely to video sharing is also on the rise.
However, in order to shoot videos for later uploading to YouTube, users require a camcorder they can easily carry around with them. Most people use the video camera modules fitted onto their mobile (or smart) phones for video recording on the go, but the quality of the resulting videos, despite seriously improving with each new phone generation, is still inferior to the one provided by a dedicated device.
And this is exactly the type of gadget we've recently had the chance of testing, namely the Flip UltraHD pocket camcorder by Cisco, an ultra-portable video recording device that is in fact so easy to handle that just about anyone can do it. After all, how hard is it to press a big, red button, placed in the middle of a device slightly larger than a smartphone?
As some of you might know already, the Flip UltraHD was originally developed and manufactured by a company called Pure Digital Technologies, which was purchased by Cisco in a move meant to help it establish a better foothold on the consumer electronics market. We're not completely sure that anything has changed since the moment of the acquisition as far as the quality of the Flip cameras is concerned, but Cisco sure left its mark all over the Flip UltraHD in terms of branding elements.
However, that's not what's important here. What's important is that this tiny camera is great for YouTube fans and very young videographers, which you'll be able to learn for yourselves while going through our review.