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A Fun Gadget: A Flip MinoHD 2nd Generation Camcorder Review

  • Jul 10, 2010
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I recently moved my Mother from out of state to be near me. Family members where she previously lived wanted to stay in contact. I selected and chose to review the Flip MinoHD model M2120 to record and send video messages from her to those family members.

The Flip MinoDH is a completely self contained compact video camera. The install file for the supporting FlipShare software is stored on the camcorder, and can be installed to a host PC as needed. The Camcorder has recording and playback capabilities as well as a mini HDMI port, on the bottom, for playback using your TV's HDMI port. A cable free USB connector flips out from the top to charge the battery or to manage recordings. A tripod mount exists on the bottom center, plus the included wrist strap connects to the Flip's side. A soft black cloth storage case is used to protect and store the Flip MinoHD when not in use.

The FlipShare software, once installed, will manage all the Flip's recordings. One can select to copy then erase recorded files from the flip to a computer or copy and retain them based on the software's settings. While the software can see the recorded files, they can be played in widescreen format, emailed, uploaded online to FaceBook, MySpace, YouTube, or other web sites, sent as a video greeting card, or uploaded to the Flip Channel, a private sharing web site. Recorded files can be trimmed and spliced together to create movies. Additionally the recorded files can be used to create a snap shot by selecting a frame within the file, or recorded to DVD.

The Flip MinoHD isn't perfect, and has a few concerns worth mentioning. The Flip MinoHD's USB connection method may require removing other connected USB devices. On my PC, the USB ports are side by side. When connecting the Flip MinoHD to my PC, I must remove another USB device. However the USB ports are separated on my laptop, eliminating this problem. Displaying the files on a TV is great for sharing at home, but comes with additional expense of purchasing a mini HDMI to HDMI cable. Lastly the battery and memory are contained within the camcorder. There is no extending the memory or changing out a dead battery. Lastly, since the Flip MinoHD doesn't have an option to film and view in portrait mode unless you don't mind cocking your head to the side to watch.

Expect the camcorder to shut off automatically if kept still and creating a long recording. I put the camcorder on a tripod and set it up to record a ceremony while I went to do other things. During the recording, it just shut off, presumably to save recording space or battery life. This is a great feature to limit accidental recordings. However, I found no method to override for times when this situation is purposeful.

The Flip MinoHD is simple to use, from filming to using the included user friendly software. It's small size, 4" tall x 2" wide x 5/8" thick, makes carrying and storing convenient while on the go. Plus the recordings are excellent for a camcorder in this price range and size, even in lower light environments. Expect more visible grain when the light source is lower than normal.

The Flip MinoHD does what it promises, and for its price, does so excellently. I can easily record videos to share privately with family or on social media sites with friends. Sharing and managing recorded files is easy using the included FlipShare software. If you are looking for a convenient camcorder at an inexpensive price, consider the Flip Mino HD.

PROS:
Simple to use
Convenient size
Effective recording device
User friendly software

CONS:
USB connector may prevent other USB devices to be connected simultaneously
Mini HDMI cable not included
Battery and memory not accessible

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From the Manufacturer MinoHD Overview Flip MinoHD Overview
  • All-new MinoHD is the world's sleekest HD camcorder
  • Slim, sleek design fits in any pocket or purse--perfect for shooting video on the go
  • Captures 120 minutes of stunning HD video on 8 GB of built-in memory; no additional memory needed
  • Simple user interface--power on and press record to start capturing HD video in moments
  • Convenient flip-out USB arm plugs directly into your PC or Mac to launch pre-loaded FlipShare software
  • FlipShare software makes it easy to email videos, edit individual clips, make custom movies, capture still-image snapshots, and upload video to Facebook, YouTube and other sharing sites
  • Large, 2-inch anti-glare color display to play back and delete videos
  • Internal Lithium-ion battery recharges through built-in USB; also recharges when connected to Flip Video Power Adapter (not included)
  • HDMI output (mini-HDMI connector) makes it easy to watch your videos on your HDTV
  • All-new design features a unique brushed-metal front and soft, rounded edges
  • Features a flat-back panel with touch-sensitive, backlit buttons
  • Video: 16:9 widescreen, HD 720p (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per seconds (fps) progressive scan; recorded as MP4 files
Flip MinoHD Highlights

The World's Sleekest HD Camcorder Is Now Even Better
With the all-new Flip MinoHD, it's now even easier to capture incredible HD video and share it with the world. MinoHD features 120 minutes of record time, so you'll never have to miss another ...
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