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#125867 - 12/26/09 03:11 PM Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude?
KWeb Offline
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Registered: 01/04/02
Posts: 183
Loc: Tacoma, WA
Has anyone used this type of video camera at higher altitudes? My Sony hard disk drive camcorder craps out on me above 11,000ft. I would love to find something light, small and somewhat inexpensive to use while mountianeering.

Any suggestions?

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#131064 - 03/22/10 04:21 AM Re: Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude? [Re: KWeb]
GreenLanturn Offline
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Registered: 03/22/10
Posts: 5
Loc: British Columbia, Canada
would be interested in this as well. I have the Zi8 but haven't tested it at altitude. For regular use so far it has been excellent and easy to use.
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#131068 - 03/22/10 09:37 AM Re: Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude? [Re: KWeb]
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Registered: 02/24/10
Posts: 51
Loc: MN
hello,

i guess i wont be able to answer your exact question regarding altitude, but i do have a Zi8. Ive used on previous backpacking trips, thats what i got it for. i love the thing, i works wonderfully. the video quality is great (especially for the price) and it come with an HDMI cable so you can hook it directly to your tv and watch in HD.

the controls are a little odd to get used to but it doesnt take long at all. the mic works really well. my favorite part may be how big the screen is, its really a nice feature compared to the tiny screens of the Flips.

im not sure about the flips but the Zi8 comes with rechargable AA's which is nice cuz u can always buy some back ups at a gas station or wherever.

one complaint i have about the Zi8 is the zoom, its pretty much pointless, but its a cheap and tiny camera so they will all have an equally bad zoom (atleast in this price range).

if you are able to wait long enough and live near a target, you should wait until it goes clearance and they only have a display left, when that happens, the price is dropped 30% off the clearance price, i got mine for $57.

if you have any specific qs let me know. good luck

jake

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#131085 - 03/22/10 01:41 PM Re: Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude? [Re: KWeb]
Rick_D Offline
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Registered: 01/06/02
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Loc: NorCal
Hard drives (such as in the big ipods) are susceptible to failure at low atmospheric pressures but anything that uses flash memory or solid state storage such as an SD card will be immune.

The latest generation of compact video cameras all seem to use solid state storage, so you'd probably be safe to choose from any of them.

Good luck,

Originally Posted By KWeb
Has anyone used this type of video camera at higher altitudes? My Sony hard disk drive camcorder craps out on me above 11,000ft. I would love to find something light, small and somewhat inexpensive to use while mountianeering.

Any suggestions?
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#131134 - 03/23/10 01:22 PM Re: Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude? [Re: Rick_D]
bryanonfilm Offline
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Registered: 09/08/07
Posts: 118
I would opt for a Canon point and shoot digital cameras. The HD resolutions on the new cameras would be on par or even out perform the Flip, and since it is mainly a picture camera, you won't need to bring something else for stills. Just a thought.

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#132540 - 04/22/10 06:22 PM Re: Flip Video / Kodak Zi8 at altitude? [Re: KWeb]
CamperHiker Offline
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Registered: 04/08/10
Posts: 37
Loc: UT
Flip video is flash based, altitude shouldn't affect it like a hard disk camera.
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