This pocket video is the absolute nuts. I ran across the sahara desert in april 2010 in the worlds toughest footrace the marathon des sables. I wanted to record video diaries of this endurance event and i needed something extremely lightweight and small as i was carrying all my equipment and supplies on my back in a race. The flip mino really delivered. My personal video clips are crystal clear, the sound is amazing, i have huge panoramas of the desert and brilliant close ups of me talking. What amazed me more is the battery live. I was worried it would die in 2 days but it lasted over a whole week of me turning it on and off all day. If you are out and about and need to capture clear video but don’t want something bulky this is the perfect tool. It is also so easy to upload to your computer once youre back at home or even in an internet cafe. The only downside might be using it at night where the camera light isnt great.
Within the design constraints that flip have set for themselves, this is an excellent camcorder but it does have some limitations which you need to weigh up before deciding whether to purchase this or a more expensive full sized camcorder. Video quality is excellent at 720p hd3. Sound quality is good, though not perfect4. Software is built into the device (it installs when you first connect via usb) and easy to use. Simple upload to sites such as youtube6. Basic video editing software provided for either making a movie or creating a dvdcons:1.
Flip mino hd great little video. I bought this for my husband’s birthday, we already have the flip mino without hd and this is a great improvement. Very simple to use, buttons slightly easier to inadvertantly press than the original one, but quality of pictures vastly improved. The zoom has also been improved dramatically, before it would always be slightly out of focus when zoomed in, but now it is very clear. The only problem with a camera of this size is camera shake when zoomed in. Had to contact flip for upgrade to software for windows 7, software normally downloads automatically as soon as you plug into the usb, but it was easily remedied. No problem with recharging the battery. Ok so it is never going to equal full sized video, but it is great to shove into a pocket and incredibly easy to make videos and at this price it would be great for kids to take on school trips, as well as us oldies to help us remember what we were up to last week.
I have used all sorts of modern camcorders but wanted something that fitted my trouser pocket without any bulk and that took good quality video even in low light. The screen is small, yes, but that prolongs battery life. It is completely basic, yes, but that means you just whip it out, switch on and shoot.
Movie creation doesn’t work. In many ways this is very good but there are some gripes. The individual video clips can be very jerky although the definition is very good. Perhaps this is due to insufficient processing power on my laptop. And assembling the clips to form a movie doesn’t work, again this might be because my laptop isn’t powerful enough. But most people would want to use this with a laptop i think?. Overall this is an interesting toy but i think it would be worth spending more to get something which allows better editing. And with better picture stabilisation.
Flip Mino HD Camcorder With 4GB Internal Memory And Widescreen – Chrome : Small and simple but still very tough. The flip mino hd is a mobile phone sized camcorder which records in a high definition format. It doesn’t need tapes, discs or batteries and is small enough to slip into your pocket. It does come very nicely packaged in a compact box which seems designed to remind you just how small this camcorder is. In use it is incredibly simple to operate – my technophobe wife loves it and can use it very easily. In fact, because it’s so simple i could happily let my small nieces hold it without worrying that they might press the wrong button or damage it somehow. Although the picture quality isn’t perfect it is very good for a small lens unit such as this one, and it adapts quickly to low light levels – in some situations it gave more detail in low light than i could make out by sight. The sound quality is very good too and it picks out conversations quite well even in noisier surroundings. It can be hand held, stood up on it’s flat bottom or used on a tripod. There aren’t any software discs to worry about as everything is stored in the camcorder for you to use if you want, or you can just copy and paste the files to play another way on your computer.