Get ready for a wave of Designed for Flip accessories that take advantage of Flip Ultra HD's new FlipPort expansion port, people. First out of the gate is the Blue Mikey, which we'd heard about from Cisco already -- it's a condenser mic that plugs into the bottom of the Ultra and provides better audio, with automatic sensitivity, a mic-in jack, and a tripod mount. It's powered by an AAA battery, which is sort of lame -- we'd love to see something like this with a battery built-in that can charge the camera as well. Oh well, we can dream. The Mikey will run $69, but we don't know when it'll hit apart from a "debut" at CES 2011, which could mean almost anytime in the next year. PR after the break.
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Blue Microphones Announces Mikey for Flip, Microphone Accessory for Flip Video Camera

Mikey for Flip is an enhanced-capability microphone offering professional-quality audio for FlipPort™-enabled Flip video cameras

(Westlake Village, CA-September 20, 2010) - Blue Microphones, a leading innovator in microphone technology and design, announces Mikey for Flip (www.bluemic.com/mikeyforflip), a professional-quality external microphone that lets Flip Video™ users capture even better sound for their Flip videos. As part of the new Designed for Flip™ accessory line, Mikey for Flip connects to all FlipPort™-enabled Flip video cameras and features Blue Microphones' premium capsules for enhanced recording of everything from a whisper to a rock concert.

"We are excited to offer this new Mikey model to provide Flip Video owners with expanded audio recording capabilities," said John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones. "Mikey for Flip helps users maximize the audio quality of their Flip videos with an easy-to-use, portable microphone that connects directly to the camera, and delivers great audio in any situation."

Mikey for Flip features two of Blue's custom-tuned condenser capsules for professional-quality stereo recording. Users can choose between 'Loud' or 'Automatic' sensitivity settings, allowing users to record any volume level clearly, from a marching band to a wedding. Mikey for Flip also features a mic input jack for easy plug-in of additional microphones like a lavalier, handheld or corded interview microphone. Mount the Flip video camera on Mikey's built-in tripod mount or stand it upright on Mikey's wide base design for hands-free recording.

Mikey for Flip is plug-and-play with automatic power-on, using a AAA battery to conserve power on the Flip video camera for longer recording time. The compact and lightweight design of Mikey for Flip makes it easy to connect and use, while the included soft carrying pouch keeps it protected on the go.

Mikey for Flip, MSRP $69, will debut at CES 2011. For more information, visit www.bluemic.com/mikeyforflip
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