Flip MinoHD


A pocket-friendly camcorder

Flip MinoHD is one of those pocket-friendly camcorders which offer great videos for their small size and light weight. The device was first launched 3 years ago. Does the gadget rise up to expectations? Find out the answer from our test and review below.

One-touch-recording interface

In terms of design, the Flip MinoHD looks identical to the Flip Mino camcorder model. With 3.94″ x 1.97″ x 0.63″ and 453g, the device is sleek, smooth and very easy to carry in a pocket or a bag. The gadget comes in a glossy black. What we especially liked about the Flip MinoHD when we tested it was the fact that its controls were very easy to use, so beginners have nothing to worry about. The display is a 1.46″ LCD one; we could view it in direct sunlight. The interface sports one-touch-recording and digital zoom and is super easy to use thanks to the navigation controls with embedded sleek touch-sensitive keys. What we especially liked about the back controls was that they were invisible when we didn’t use the camcorder. Flip-MinoHD

2x digital zoom

The front of the device has a red light which lights up when recording. In the center of the bottom of the product is placed a tripod mount. When we first ordered the device it came in an impressive box; when we removed its outer shell we discovered a textured matte black box with a flip-up beneath which sits the MinoHD. What other things we found in the box were the following: wrist strap, TV-out cable, a concise user’s guide and a velvety storage pouch which could be used as a polishing cloth.
In the features department, the Flip Mino HD camcorder sports a 2x digital zoom, rechargeable lithium ion battery, microphone, the already mentioned 1.46″ LCD screen and speaker. The latter of the group of options does a fairly good job.

1280 x 720 resolution (720p)

The microphone is omnidirectional and manages to pick up voices from background noises. Audio was recorded, when we tested the gadget for our review, in mono and encoded in 64 kb/sec AAC. The 2x digital zoom lost detail when we used it and also showed enlargement artifacts; we succeeded in removing those negative bits by getting closer to whatever we were recording. The battery couldn’t be removed and it shot only up to 2 hours battery life; it recharged when we used an USB cable that we plugged into the Flip MinoHD.
When talking about memory, the product ships with 4GB, which translates into the product’s capability to store 60 minutes of 1.280 x 720 resolution (720p) videos. The processor used by the camcorder we’re reviewing today is the Flip Video’s Pure Digital Video engine 3.0; this one has a 1/4.5-inch HD CMOS sensor.

Good overall performance

Overall performance was good. Videos were sharp and had vibrant colors and decent sound when we recorded them in both good and bad lighting conditions. Scaling, on the other hand, didn’t work that smoothly: we had to watch what we shot on PC’s screen in order to keep the image sharp. Also, focus and macro weren’t that impressive and we had to hold the camcorder steady most of the time to get great shots. On the plus side, we noticed we could play a clip full screen without degradation of the image quality. The biggest advantage of the Flip Mino HD is its possibility to get videos off it and share them via a USB connector and the FlipShare software.

Review conclusion

To sum it up, the Flip MinoHD offers good video quality and nice design. However, if you want a superior device, look somewhere else.

Technical specifications

Sensor TypeCMOS
Maximum2.2 million (s) pixels
Optical Zoom0
Digital zoom2
Type CamcorderCandy Bar
Wireless InterfaceNot
Digital InputsYes
Height in mm100
Recording MediaInternal Flash Memory
Sensor1 Sensor
Depth in mm16
LCD Screen Size2
Lowest Focal Length in mm0
Focal Length in mm0
LCD Monitor Resolution in Pixel76800
Maximum Aperture Tele0
Maximum Aperture Wide0
Port IEEE-1394Not
USB PortYes
Image StabilizerStabilizer Electronic
Capacity in GB8
Shutter Speed fastest in Second0
Shutter Speed slowest in Second0
Sensor Size0
Type of Memory Stick0
Type of SD Card0
HD Recording Format0
Photo Mode Resolution Width in Pixel0
Photo Mode Resolution Height in Pixel0