by Donna M. Airoldi | December 07, 2010

Ever since the Flip Video hit the market three years ago, demand for the hand-size camcorder has boomed and electronics companies have scrambled to bring their own mini-camcorder devices to the market. In the meantime, Cisco, the maker of the Flip, keeps improving upon its original product.

Simplified functionality, enhanced high-definition video quality, hardware-based image stabilization, slimmer size, expanded product personalization options, and more ways to share video are some performance features of its latest models, which include one with the new low price of $149.99—all of which make for affordable employee or client appreciation rewards.

Flip UltraHD

Cisco introduced its new line of Flip Video cameras this fall, with the UltraHD leading the pack. Users can easily personalize their devices by choosing from thousands of online images created by artists, celebrities, and partner brands, or by creating his or her own design. Through preloaded FlipShare software, they also can now post videos directly to Twitter, which joins Facebook and YouTube options.

The Flip UltraHD comes in two models:

- 4 GB of memory, 1 hour of recording time in high-definition, 1,280 by 720 pixels at 30 frames per second (fps). Available in white, magenta, blue, or personalized. Suggested retail price: $149.99.

- 8 GB of memory, 2 hours of recording time, HD, 1,280 by 720 pixels at 60 fps with image stabilization. The UltraHD 2 hour is the first Flip video camera to feature FlipPort—a Flip-designed connector enabling new add-on options as part of the recently announced Designed for Flip accessory program. Available in white, black, or personalized. Suggested retail price: $199.99.

Flip MinoHD

The new MinoHD, available in two models, also offers enhanced 720p/60 fps HD video quality featuring built-in image stabilization to allow users to capture clear and steady video.

- 4 GB of memory, 1 hour of recording time, HD, 1,280 by 720 pixels at 60 fps with image stabilization. Available in silver and personalized. Suggested retail price: $179.99.

- 8 GB of memory, 2 hours of recording time, HD, 1,280 by 720 pixels at 60 fps with image stabilization. Available in black or personalized. Suggested retail price: $229.99.

All products still offer the easy-to-use, flip-out USB arm for connections to Mac and PC computers. Flip cameras are available through the incentive company Premco Associates. To find a local sales representative, call (303) 771-2942 or visit www.gopremco.com