If you’ve got a Flip Video camera, or it’s on your want list, you might also consider an external microphone. Externals are a very good idea for increased sound quality, but when dealing with something like a Flip, you also need to consider something that won’t bulk up the whole package too much. For that pursuit, Blue Microphones has you covered.
Blue has made a name for itself with a line of microphones that do a good job of balancing quality against cost, making products such as the Blue Snowball a favorite of podcasters just starting out. They’ve now announced an addition to their Mikey line, this one made to work with Flip cameras. Like the Mikey for iPod, Mikey for Flip plugs into the port on the bottom of the device, adding little size to the camera while giving you better sound quality. The mic uses two condenser capsules and users can select from “Loud” or “Automatic” sensitivity to get the best sound for the situation. It also provides an external mic jack for connecting an additional mic, and has a built-in tripod mount on the bottom. Power is supplied by a AAA battery, so it won’t shorten the camera’s running time. It’s compatible with Flip cameras equipped with a FlipPort.
The Mikey for Flip is planned for a debut at CES 2011 in January, and is priced at $69.