Cisco’s Flip isn’t the only pocket Internet camcorder around, but its name is virtually synonymous with the concept. Nevertheless, the company isn’t sitting on its laurels. Almost exactly a year since the launch of the first MinoHD, we now have the second incarnation. Aside from being silver, rather than white or black, there are a number of notable enhancements.
The new MinoHD is virtually the same size as the predecessor, although the brushed metal front and marginally more curvy edges make it feel smaller. The infamous flip-out USB plug, which gives all the Flip devices their name, has been redesigned as well. It’s construction is now less fussy and it sits flush with the body. The 2.5mm jack, which provided analogue video and audio connectivity in the original version, has been removed, to be replaced by a mini HDMI port. This will allow you to watch your movies in all their HD digital glory on an HDTV. But no adapter cable is supplied in the box, so you will need to buy one to use this feature.
Another change is to the LCD. The original MinoHD had a particularly pokey 1.5in display with a resolution of just 176 x 132 pixels. The second generation ups this considerably to 2in and 320 x 240 pixels respectively, which may not sound like much but makes all the difference. It’s now a lot easier to see the details in your subject matter, making accurate framing easier too. The sound recording abilities have also been upgraded to stereo, where the original MinoHD only offered mono audio.