The Flip portable camcorder has a new form factor. In its first major redesign since hitting the camcorder market, the Flip SlideHD gets more viewing real estate via a touch-enabled 3-inch widescreen which, as the name suggests, slides out, resting on an angle for playback. The new Flip also has 16GB memory for up to four hours of HD video recording, double that of any of its predecessors.

Only slightly bulkier than the Mino at 4.13" x 2.17" x 0.98", the SlideHD shoots 1280 x 720 resolution video at 30fps, features HDMI and flip-out USB connectivity, multi-step 2x digital zoom, stereo speakers and a headset jack.

Screen res is 400 x 240 pixels (up from 320 x 240 on the 2" screens of the Mino and Ultra models) and there's also another slide to the story - when the screen is at an angle for viewing, a "slide strip" appears to aid with navigating quickly through content.

The Flip SlideHD will shoot up to four hours of HD video or store up to 12 hours of videos, photos, and content. But with a battery life specced at up to two hours, you won't be able to shoot all that video without a recharge.

The Flip SlideHD costs $279.99.

Flip SlideHD specifications:

  • Internal Memory:16GB (4 hours)
  • Screen Size: 3.0" Transflective Touch Screen
  • Screen Resolution: 400 x 240 pixels
  • Video Resolution:1280 x 720
  • Frame Rate: 30 frames per second (constant frame rate progressive scan)
  • Video Bitrate: 8.8Mbps (average - auto adaptive algorithm)
  • Video Format: H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression, saves as MP4 file
  • Lens Type: Fixed Focus (1.5m to infinity)
  • Aperture: f/2.4
  • Zoom: 2x digital
  • Interface: 8 Touch-Sensitive Buttons (Power, Play, Delete, Record and 4 way navigation), Touch slide strip (to quickly scroll through videos)
  • Battery: Internal Li-ion rechargeable
  • Battery Life: Up to two hours
  • TV Output: HDMI Widescreen
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, headset jack
  • Software: Pre-loaded FlipShare™ software for instant viewing, editing, one-click emailing, and online sharing
  • Color: White/Silver and Personalized
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