Summary: While it has its flaws and is a bit expensive, the ultrasimple Flip Video MinoHD produces impressive video for a camcorder of its size.
Pros: Solid 720p video, particularly for a camcorder this size; ultraslim yet functional design; easy to use; one-touch video uploading to YouTube, AOL, and MySpace; integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery; FlipShare software is compatible with both Macs and Windows machines.
Cons: Somewhat pricey; no SD/MMC card expansion slot; rechargeable battery isn't removable or replaceable; can't output HD to HDTVs.
Excerpt: The Good HD a boon for HDTV enthusiasts or simply future proofing. Simple but excellent FlipShare software loaded on the camera. Very straightforward on-camera control. Good low-light sensitivity; detail kept in most individual video frames. 4GB of memory built-in enough to handle likely uses of HD without an add-in card. Well-built. The Bad No removable storage or battery. Images occasionally subject to purple fringing or poor light level transitions.
Pros: HD a boon for HDTV enthusiasts or simply future proofing., Simple but excellent FlipShare software loaded on the camera., Very straightforward on-camera control., Good low-light sensitivity; detail kept in most individual video frames., 4GB of memory built-in enough to handle likely uses of HD without an add-in card., Well-built.
Cons: No removable storage or battery., Images occasionally subject to purple fringing or poor light level transitions., Battery life is just 'good enough.' - Software lacks clip trimming or other editing besides clip selections and music., Needs optical zoom to truly rival larger, more expensive cameras.
Conclusion: Though image quality has taken a dramatic step forward from previous Flip camcorders, the MinoHD remains the kind of camcorder you will only likely use for short clips and capturing tomfoolery due to its lack of adjustability and real camcorder features, like focus and zoom. That said, its image quality took us completely off guard for the size and weight of the camera, and now that YouTube accepts clips in 720p , all that detail will reach your final audience, too.
Pros: Lightweight; ultra-slim and pocketable; excellent detail in videos; incredibly intuitive
Cons: No image stabilization; poor color; pricey for its features
Summary: Just one week ago I told you about the first mobile phone sized HD camcorder from Kodak, this offering from Flip is an obvious competitor, I suggest you read this and last weeks review to make your own comparisons.
Summary: Pocket HD camcorders are evolving so fast we can barely keep up. Just as the Flip Mino HD caught up with the Kodak Zi6 and Creative Vado HD with 720p recording, Toshiba has raised the bar again by announcing its £130 1080p S10 . We’ll be looking at Tosh’s promising rival soon, but in the meantime the Flip HD has a lot going for it. It’s currently the word’s smallest HD camcorder, snaffling the record from the Vado by millimetres.