We've all been there -- something of importance or interest is about to happen, and we have no means to photograph it with good definition, just the camera on a cell phone. Not a bad way to capture images, but not the best. Enter the flip camera, the pint-sized digital recorder that, for its size, records amazing images.
Like this Flip Video Ultra Camera. The pocket-sized 6 ounce flip camera features a recording time of 2 hours and has a 4 GB flash memory storage. A USB port, along with audio and video outputs, allows for convenient operation of your recorder. It runs on AA batteries (not supplied), making for a good 2 1/2 hours of operation.
Another Flip camera, the FlipVideo MinoHD Digital Camcorder. It's tiny; smaller than 2" x 4" and weighing in at just over 3 (!) ounces. 4 GB of memory, and the USB retracts into the camera when not in use. A lithium-ion battery powers the unit for about 2 hours before you need to hit it with a charge from your computer or remote battery power pack.
If you prefer a slide-out flip camcorder, Flip has one for you. Their Slide HD Camcorder sports a wide screen (well, 3" wide) with touch controls, and a touch strip under the screen. This flip camera will record for some 4 hours onto a flash memory card holding 16 GB of space. It also has a headphone jack for private listening. The camera has had some criticism that the touch strip is slow to respond, perhaps leaving you in the lurch when you're trying to record a quickly unfolding action. I'm thinking that continuing practice and familiarity with the camera may eliminate that particular problem for the operator. If you have some experience with that issue, please leave a comment.