Several people have asked about the
video camera that I used in Vietnam and Hawaii. It is a small and inexpensive
camera called Flip.
It cost about $125 and may be one
of the best investments I’ve made recently. I carry it everywhere. There is a
new upgraded model that has high definition. If I were to buy it again, I’d
spring for the upgrade.
There are several excellent
features. First it is small and fits easily into your shirt pocket. Second it is
very easy to use. Third, it has a USB port built-in so that you stick it into
your laptop and upload the footage and are ready to shoot again. Fourth, it
shoots up to sixty minutes. Fifth, no fuss with batteries as it charges through
the USB port straight to the camera.
This is a piece of technology that
could have interesting implication for law enforcement issues. Abuse of power,
corruption, intimidation, etc are very difficult to prove unless of course you
have video footage of an incident. Then, as they say, the images speak for
themselves. In repressive regimes where human rights are under siege, the Flip
could be an equalizer.
One thing: Amazon won’t ship
the Flip to Thailand. Why? Ask amazon.