Photos of Cases for Camera Equipped iPods Appearing: Flip Video Camcorders May Be Doomed

Last month I commented on TechCrunch’s assertion that the iPhone 3GS’ video recording feature would destory the Flip video cameras…

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I pooh-poohed the notion saying that it would have some impact but that Flip would do fine. However, if the photos from the Cult of Mac’s article…

Exclusive: New Features of iPod Touch, Nano Revealed in Dozens of Cases

…are actual photos of cases for future camera toting iPod touch and iPod nano models, then I think these will cause the Flip video camcorders to disappear. If you could, for example, buy an 8GB iPod nano video camcorder for $200 or a 16GB iPod touch video camcorder for $300, why would you want a Flip camcorder that does not have the amazing auto-focus the iPods will probably inherit from the iPhone 3GS? I’ve been playing a bit with the 3GS video recording features and am simply amazed by how well it works compared to, for example, the Flip Ultra. I would definitely buy a video camera equiped iPod touch or iPod nano.