Everything has a toucscreen these days, and the new Flip camera
is no exception
. The Flip SlideHD is now officially out after numerous leaks ruined the surprise. The camera's 3-inch touchscreen lets users scroll through videos without the need for traditional buttons. The screen takes up most of the back of the device when closed, and the button used to start recording is actually on the touchscreen. It slides up and allows the camera to be set down for video viewing.
The FlipHD can reportedly record up to four hours of HD video, or 12 hours of standard def. The HD video is 720p (1280x720), but it does do 30fps. But don't expect to film much of that video in one sitting, the FlipHD can record for about 2 hours on a charge. The battery is a non-removable li-ion that charges over USB.
At $279 it's a tough sell in a world where many smartphones have very able video cameras. With the Flip UltraHD priced $50 lower, can the touchscreen on the SlideHD attract users?