Summary: On paper, the $229 Flip Mino HD doesn’t stand a chance against the Kodak Zi6, which won LAPTOP’s Editors’ Choice: it costs $50 more, doesn’t take digital stills, has a cramped screen, and lacks a memory card slot. But the Mino HD delivers comparable 720p video, and it is smaller and easier to use.
Pros: Very good video quality, Thin sleek design, Responsive touch-sensitive controls, Intuitive streamlined software,
Cons: Still no memory card slot or digital still capability, Tiny LCD screen, Composite video output,
Summary: Overall, we recommend the Flip Mino because of its sleek design, easy-to-use software, and solid video quality for $179. But compared to the Kodak Zi6, an identically priced pocket camcorder that shoots even sharper 720p video and takes still photos, the Flip Mino falls short. Some might prefer the Flip Mino because it’s less bulky, but we say you’ll get more for your money with the Zi6.
Pros: Sleeker design than previous models, Easy uploading to sharing sites, Improved playback options, Rechargeable battery,
Cons: No still-photo capabilities, Lacks optical zoom, LCD scratches more easily than the Flip Ultras,