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    "Flip" Video Cameras Going Away

    Cisco is closing down Flip, the mini-video camera company it had purchased for $590 million.

    http://gigaom.com/2011/04/12/stick-a...he-video-star/

    I'm a little surprised, though perhaps I shouldn't be, given smartphone popularity.

    Did/does anyone here have a Flip?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Cisco is closing down Flip, the mini-video camera company it had purchased for $590 million.

    http://gigaom.com/2011/04/12/stick-a...he-video-star/

    I'm a little surprised, though perhaps I shouldn't be, given smartphone popularity.

    Did/does anyone here have a Flip?

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    I think this is a mistake. People love the easy of use the flip offers.
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    Video cameras, or any type of consumer grade cameras for that matter, are being phased out. Within the next few years we'll probably have phones/cameras/gps/etc all in one SuperGadget - patent pending
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    Shouldn't that be "Flop"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamBarrow View Post
    Video cameras, or any type of consumer grade cameras for that matter, are being phased out. Within the next few years we'll probably have phones/cameras/gps/etc all in one SuperGadget - patent pending
    Don't you mean an iSuperGadget?

    (If Apple completely takes over the field, anyway!)

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    I had a FlipCam. Received it as part of a gift package for some work I did with a client. I liked it, never had a problem with it, but personally I wouldn't have gone out and bought one.

    They were all the rage, and were great for doing some quick video stuff. My intention was to replace my webcam with the Flipcam but I never got around to trying to make it work. My niece decided to see what it would be like to record her brother swimming from the bottom of the pool

    It's crazy to see a company buy a brand for 500M+ and then shut it down. It's like when Hummer was sold and then shut down. Just doesn't compute with me at all.
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    It makes sense to me - this really isn't Cisco's area to compete in anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by handsonwebhosting View Post
    It's crazy to see a company buy a brand for 500M+ and then shut it down.
    There's some logic in it. Few things are worse than sunk cost fallacy.

    That said, yes, it can seem insane!

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    The only other thought was that it might have been a strategic move in which to write off something. I've seen some dubious moves by companies purchasing things only to get a write off at the end of the day.
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    I've got a Flip. it's a wonderful little device.
    I hate Cisco even more now!

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    People on YouTube are saying that some of their higher end smartphones have better video quality than Flips.

    Honestly, I don't think it matters too much. There are a lot of pocket cameras out there at the same price point that have much better video and sound quality. It's just that Flip had awesome marketing.
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    I have a flip!
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    I don't think it needs to go away but I can see why they are losing money.

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    I loved my flip. It would have been great if they had created a Flip phone instead or even sold it instead of killing it. It is still the No.1 selling Video camera on Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcares View Post
    I loved my flip. It would have been great if they had created a Flip phone instead or even sold it instead of killing it. It is still the No.1 selling Video camera on Amazon.
    That is interesting. I suppose various other costs were just too high, or the Flips weren't priced high enough?

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    I'm not terribly surprised. A few years back Cisco was the only one in the market. Now it's crowded, and with big names like Sony and Kodak. It probably isn't worth it for Cisco to keep competing.
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    Would not surprise me, never even looked at getting one. Another useless invention was the Apple Shuffle. I want to know what song is playing, otherwise ill just use the radio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom Active View Post
    Would not surprise me, never even looked at getting one. Another useless invention was the Apple Shuffle. I want to know what song is playing, otherwise ill just use the radio.
    My Shuffle has been sitting unused for about a year. You may be onto something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobcares View Post
    I loved my flip. It would have been great if they had created a Flip phone instead or even sold it instead of killing it. It is still the No.1 selling Video camera on Amazon.
    A flip camera incorporating phone features? No.

    It's the other way around, a phone incorporating internet, and camera, and sensors, and it will slowly have more and more features.

    Even Nokia's simple phones will slowly lose market share to smartphones.

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