I went out and bought one of those Flip video cameras the other day and yesterday I took it out to my agility field for a test drive.
I had Chuck video me running Jaime--sloppily--through a sequence to see what it would look like. Chuck has no experience with video cameras and I purposely had him stand pretty far away to mimic the type of footage I usually get at a trial. He had a little trouble figuring out how to use the camera but it took about 30 seconds to show him how it worked.
A storm was rolling in so it was quite dark out but it doesn't look like it on the video.
I took the camera home and plugged it into one of the USB ports on my computer and within 15 minutes had it posted to You Tube. I even had the software make a "movie" with music and funky effects by clicking a couple of buttons.
I'm sure it wouldn't be enough for those of you who know how to use video software and know how to use a video camera but for those of us who just want to get the video onto the computer without spending all one evening dong it, it's great.
The camera is really small but is easy to use and runs on 2 AA batteries. I think I'm much more likely to use this one than my Canon which often baffles and confuses me and runs out of battery at an alarming rate.
It cost about $160.00 so I won't feel too bad if something does happen to it but I don't see why anything should. It's so small it can be carried in a pocket of even a bait bag :-)
So, I'm quite pleased with it. Anyone want to buy a used Canon ZR300 cheap?