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View Full Version : Flip Video's Improved MinoHD Video Camera

Reid Kistler
02-26-2010, 01:30 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.maximumpc.com/article/reviews/flip_video_minohd_8gb' target='_blank'>http://www.maximumpc.com/article/re...ideo_minohd_8gb</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"With the original MinoHD, we were impressed with Flip Video's ability to pack 720p video into a truly pocket-size cam. But we nonetheless wished the product offered a bit more, such as more recording time, HDMI support, and a bigger screen. Those are three of the top improvements Flip Video made to its new <a href="http://store.theflip.com/products/MinoHD120.aspx" target="_blank">MinoHD 8GB</a>."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/dht/auto/1267123744.usr19541.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>MaximumPC gives a mostly favorable review to the new Flip Video MinoHD 8GB video camera, which seems to be the video equivalent of a compact point-and-shoot still camera: small, not too expensive, and simple enough to use that almost anyone can get decent results. But the small format imposes a number of compromises: a tiny (2") screen, no optical zoom, no removable storage (but with 8GB internal), and a battery that cannot be replaced by the user - although you can pick your own graphics design, as illustrated by the two right-hand photos above. If you are willing to carry a thicker device, the <a href="http://store.theflip.com/products/UltraHD.aspx" target="_blank">Flip UltraHD</a> costs less, works with either AA batteries or a NiMH battery pack, and offers an optional <a href="http://store.theflip.com/products/Product.aspx?SKU=AWC2T" target="_blank">Underwater Case </a>(!), and there are three other units in the model line. So which type of device gets your vote: a simple video camera like the MinoHD (or the new HP V1020h), or a digital camera with video capability?</p>

Reid Kistler
03-03-2010, 02:32 AM
If the MinoHD has any appeal, happened to see a couple of versions on sale at our local CostCo store.

No customized graphics, of course, but am fairly certain that the cost of the units available (saw 2 models) were below Flip Video's MSRP....