A couple months ago, Pure Digital Technologies hinted to us that it would soon have a new version of its inexpensive, YouTube friendly Flip digital camcorder, and good to its word, the company announced a new line this morning called the Flip Video Ultra.
The Flip Ultra comes in orange, pink, black, and white (we got a review sample of the white version this morning) and the press release says the "higher-end addition to Pure Digital's line of pocket-sized, easy-to-use camcorders features upgrades to all its software, including DVD quality video and advanced editing features. Still affordable, the Ultra line has onboard software that allows users to instantly upload video directly to YouTube and other video publishing sites like AOL." The release also notes that the Ultra "is even smaller and thinner than other Pure Digital cams," but the truth is that the camera is actually narrower (by about half an inch) than previous models, not really thinner.
The 30-minute model has 1GB of onboard memory and is priced at $149.99 while the 60-minute model, with 2GB of onboard memory, carries a suggested retail price of $179.99 (it's available at Amazon). Unlike the RCA Small Wonder EZ201, none of the Flip Ultra models include an expansion slot for memory cards. That said, Pure Digital has told us that the video quality of the Flip is superior to that of the Small Wonder. After we shoot some video, we'll post a full review and let you now just what we think of the Ultra--and what makes it different from earlier models.