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Upgraded Flip MinoHD Announced

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Upgraded Flip MinoHD Announced

'Premium' isn't a word we'd usually associate with budget pocket camcorders, but Flip Video has unveiled a new flagship for its 'Mino' line.

An upgraded 'premium' version of the MinoHD has been spat out today and while it looks reasonably familiar Flip has cleaned up the design and upped a few choice internals. On the superficial side this means the choice of a new sleek aluminium shell or a personalised shell which can be nabbed from Flip's website.

As for the internals, the major bullet points are a bolstered 8GB of internal memory - handy given its 720p High Def video shooting credentials, a slightly enlarged 2in display and the very welcome addition of an HDMI port. On the other hand much needed (in my opinion) image stabilisation has been left out, though you will find upgraded FlipShare software that adds a 'Magic Movie' option for automatic trimming and editing (how could that possibly go wrong?!). As usual the simple wizards for Facebook, MySpace and YouTube uploading remain.

So all in all not a revolution, but given Flip is pricing the MinoHD premium in the US at just $30 more than the original MinoHD ($229 verses $199) it seems a justifiable outlay - if not a worthwhile upgrade for existing MinoHD owners.


via Engadget

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October 14, 2009, 5:52 pm

God who needs this, the iPod nano has a camera in it now.


October 14, 2009, 5:55 pm

Aren't phones now sort of taking over from these anyway?

I mean I know the quality would be higher than some phones, but since most people will simply be uploading to YouTube/Facebook, I don't thing they'd be too bothered.

And anyone wanting to do more serious filming would have a more serious camcorder.


October 14, 2009, 6:05 pm

@HK - which cannot shoot stills, is low quality and placed in the wrong position ;)

@drdark - ish, though not HD recording specifically - so far only a few handsets can do that. Furthermore, like MP3 players there will always be a market for dedicated devices.


October 14, 2009, 6:28 pm

@Gordon: I already countered the HD argument in my original post :P.

MP3 players still have more of a market due to their pocketability (ugh, made up words...), but I just can't see these Flip devices(and similar) gaining more market-share. I was only slightly more mystified when I saw the announcement of the PocketSurfer3...

Phil A

October 14, 2009, 6:33 pm

@HK, let's make some comparisons on your complaint...

iPod nano video resolution: 640 x 480

Flip MinoHD video resolution: 1280 x 720

iPod nano stills photography: none

iPod nano stills photography: built-in

iPon nano digital zoom: none

Flip MinoHD digital zoom: 2x

iPod nano USB cable: separate

Flip MinoHD USB cable: built in

iPod nano HDMI connectivity: none

Flip MinoHD HDMI connectivity: built-in socket

I can see why you'd want to record on the iPod nano - if you didn't like video recording that is!


October 14, 2009, 6:53 pm

I thought HK was being sarcastic...


October 14, 2009, 7:34 pm

Yeah, I'm pretty sure I was as well. :-)

Still always good to outline why the Nano is so shit in case some people who shop at PC World or readers of Which? stumble across this post.

Phil A

October 14, 2009, 9:16 pm

sorry, without an emoticon I didn't realise you was being sarcastic - there are SO many Apple-fans around who will buy an iPod/iPhone over any technology, no matter how limited it is that I naturally presume that anyone who posts pro-Apple type comments is another of them...

I'm a fan of non-Apple products, so I have an Archos video player, a BlackBerry phone, Windows PC and avoid the "style over functionality" that certain manufacturers try to force on consumers.


October 15, 2009, 1:53 am


Hey hey hey! Don't go around bashing Apple fans - that's my job! Find another site :P.


October 15, 2009, 2:14 am

Sorry, I forgot Americans need smilies to understand sarcasm. Used to mostly British people here. :-P

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