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Flip VideoMinoHD Camcorder (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 150 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (109)
  • Easy to use (90)
  • Comfortable to operate (59)
  • Simple controls (54)
  • Great sound (50)

Cons

  • Limited zoom (40)
  • No image stabilization (22)
  • No external mic input (20)
  • Poor in low light (12)
  • Poor sound (12)

Best Uses

  • Home movies (103)
  • Travel (97)
  • HD shooting (40)
  • Movies/short films (37)
  • Weddings (26)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (95), Enthusiast (27), Semi-pro (14), Pro videographer (9)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

HD Everywhere

I recently bought two Mino HD pocket cameras. One was for my fiancee and the other was for me. I figured this would be a great little camera to have with me at all...Read complete review

I recently bought two Mino HD pocket cameras. One was for my fiancee and the other was for me. I figured this would be a great little camera to have with me at all times, never know when a cool shot or two will appear.

I was really surprised with the quality of this thing. Picture quality looked like true HD, even on a large LCD television. The image stabilization is pretty decent, but no question this camera perfoms best when it is NOT moving. This may have to do with the nature of interlaced frames. Whatever the case, when the camera moves, it looks OK, but when its on a tripod, it looks GREAT.

Form factor is give and take. This camera is VERy small. probably smaller than your cell phone. This means you can put it just about anywhere and get some pretty cool shots out of it that you just wouldnt be able to get from an average handicam. That said, it's not the most ergonomically amazing camera ever. It feels like a cell phone in your hand. This is actually a pretty minor problem.

You cant find an easier-to-use camera. Period. One button fuctionailty. Its automatically set to focus from zero to infinity, and the exposure is also automatic. ANYBODY could use this thing.

I also own an Aiptek A-HD handicam, which I suppose can be considered an alternative. The Aiptek has more "manual" controls (the flip has NONE), but on just about every other level, the Flip blows the Aiptek out of the water. Better picture quality, MUCH better audio.

I primarily use this for video storyboarding when I'm scouting a location before a production, and during production it goes into a PA's hand as a Behind-The-Scenes camera. Its great for that.

Here are the cameras shortcomings-

DIGITAL ZOOM - This is my biggest gripe. Digital zoom is worthless. there isnt a thing you can do with digi-zoom that you cant do in your editiing program. All it does in stretch the frame, causing the image to lose quality.

NO AUDIO-IN - The audio quality from the onboard mic is decent. I know though, that there are competitor cameras that DO have a small audio-in jack.

USB ARM - Hasnt failed on me yet, but it just doesnt feel solid enough to plug in to a computer or laptop without the USB extension cable.

With those three things adressed, really this camera would be aboout fit for semi-pro work. I've seen movies made with these things, and if you REALLY know how to work with its basic design and run a seperate audio system, you can make some pretty excellent stuff with it. DEFINETLY a great creative tool to have on hand at all times.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not any better than the original non-HD

I own the original Flip Video and really like it. I purchased the HD version and I am not impressed and I am returning it for the following reasons, based on a side by...Read complete review

I own the original Flip Video and really like it. I purchased the HD version and I am not impressed and I am returning it for the following reasons, based on a side by side video comparison of the old camera and the new HD:
The audio on the HD is slightly weaker, not as loud.
The HD video is darker than the original and therefore requires more light to record.
There is more noticeable jitter with the HD - makes sense since the resolution is higher.
** The picture quality isn't really better at all.

I was primarily interested in better picture quality either played back on my PC or my TV. I understood TV playback wouldn't be that much better since you can only connect via composite video and not HDMI, but I did expect a improvement with PC playback. There wasn't really any, definitely not worth the larger file size as a result of the greater resolution. I'm sticking with my old flip.

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5.0

Very good quality and easy usage

By Dave

from Burbank, CA

About Me Semi-pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

  • Limited Zoom

Best Uses

  • Documentaries
  • HD Shooting

Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

It is very good choice for people who love shooting of all what is happening around. Very quick and easy to use. Quality is amazing. I compare it with my iPhone 4 and flip win!

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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5.0

mino hd

By kk

from cleveland, ohio

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound
  • Great Zoom

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

      so easy to use. Lightweight and great picture quality.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      4.0

      simple easy to use

      By nnich

      from Bronx, New York

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

          simple and easy to use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Flip Video Camera

          By Patty

          from New York

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound
          • Great Zoom
          • Zoom range/performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

            We purchased this item as give-aways at a trade show. We were very happy with the [...] quality of the product and enthusiasm of our attendees at the show.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            5.0

            Great Camcorder

            By Jean the Bean

            from New Jersey

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Travel

              Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

              Picture quality is amazing.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Good product

              By Clover88

              from California

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Classroom work

              Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

              I use this in my classroom and other teaching work, recording lessons, myself teaching, other teachers, students, etc.
              Easy to carry and use; good resolution.
              Easy to lose or steal (this one was purchased as a replacement for one stolen from me); zoom is digital only and clunky to operate

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Product is so much fun!

              By Kerrie

              from Laveen, AZ

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • No External Mic Input

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel

              Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

              records great, downloads to computer easily. Have some problems w/connecting to playstation or xbox to view on tv. may not be bh problem though. may have to contact playstation or xbox. zoom is okay

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Mino is Major

              By JB

              from New York City

              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to extract video
              • Easy to operate
              • Easy to setup
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Pocket sized HD video

              Cons

              • No External Mic Input

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Travel

              Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

              I have used and gifted nearly a dozen of these cameras, both Ultra and Mino and thoroughly enjoy the ease of use, the incredible quality of the video and the pocket sized power.

              Battery life on the Mino is great.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Neat Little Video Recorder

              By G

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                Small design is handy. Perfect for children. Bought for my 9 year old and he loves it. Only 1 hour record time is a bit low, but didnt want to pay more for 2 hours. Video storage on MAC is a bit confusing, may just be me though.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                small as a cell phone, big picture value

                By Mike Krumlauf

                from Arlington, VA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                I use the MinoHD to make videos for a business I run out of my home. I've been using it now for over a year. I bought this one as a gift for my sister for christmas. She used mine three or four times over the past year to record videos of her music/band performances to promote herself over the internet and make videos to show producers.

                For a pocket size HD camera, in my opinion, you can't beat the price or video quality. And when you add in the mini tripod, you have a virtual studio wherever you go (minus the green screen).

                I'd recommend this purchase to anyone!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                Awesome!

                By Jim the Runner

                from Michigan

                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • AWESOME
                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound
                • Great Zoom
                • Sick
                • Small
                • Tight
                • Zoom range/performance

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom
                • Warranty off by a year

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel

                Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                The product was completely awesome

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                4.0

                MinoHD - really easy

                By Kevin

                from Brooklyn, NY

                About Me Casual User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Limited Zoom

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                This tiny machine takes great video and fits in your pocket.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Easy to use Flip camcorder

                By camera crazy

                from Springfield, NJ

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Movies
                  • Movies/Short Films
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                  Easy to use. Charges quickly and stores easily in pocketbook or jacket pocket. Downloads to any computer with USB port. Great quality of video too. Can't beat it!! Price was great too!!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Reasonably priced and quality video!

                  By JoeJoe

                  from Chattanooga, TN

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Good Image Stabilization
                  • Good in Low Light
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Great Sound
                  • Zoom range/performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Travel

                    Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                    I ordered a MinoHD to capture my families Christmas and a week long Disney World trip. The MinoHD is very easy to use, has great video defenition and has plenty of battery life!!! We are excited about the memories we captured with our MinoHD!!!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very impressed

                    By Ballroom fan

                    from Sarasota, FL

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD

                    Cons

                    • Limited Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • HD Shooting
                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Movies/Short Films

                    Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                    My first try using the Flip was for my daughter's ballroom dancing. The video was clear and the sound was excellent. I used a table top tripod to keep the picture steady. The only problem I had was being too close sometimes. On a similar note, the zoom capability is limited.

                    All in all, a great little video camera.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great Camcorder

                    By Bill H.

                    from Fort Washington, PA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good in Low Light
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                      I have the non HD Flip camera which is excellent, but I really wanted the HD version. I was able to get this with a [$], so it was a no brainer. The camera is super easy to use, takes fantastic video ( granted it's not as good as a high end DV camcorder) but it's darn good. The sound quality is hit or miss, in that the MIC is small and on camera, but again it's about what I expected and more than acceptable for my use. The LCD screen on the back is smaller than I expected so viewing your videos is hard on camera. The build quality of the unit is good, the buttons are very easy to use and push. The the flip software makes it super easy to download, view, edit and share your videos. If you're on the fence about a small easy to use (low-end) camcorder, this is a no brainer - get it!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Plug... and Play

                      By NAS

                      from Virginia Beach, VA

                      About Me Pro Videographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                      • Limited Zoom
                      • No HD out

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Movies
                      • Travel

                      Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                      The MinoHD is a cute, convenient and ingenious device. Small and travel friendly. It's nice... but given what it is there are a few simple but key ingredients that would really improve this product. The zoom for one could use an adrenalin boost, it's pretty insignificant. Also why titillate me with HD, and put no HD out connection on this device - huh?. It only has a standard AV out. But I gave it to my niece and honestly to a teenager with a purse, its the coolest device.

                      So overall for what it is as a plug an play, it's a pretty cool little device.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple and elegant

                      By Eddie the English Shepherd

                      from LA, CA

                      About Me Casual User

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                        The Flip is a great device. Its' simple design and good software make it the best option for quick and easy video capture. My family also recieved a Kodak video recorder as well, which has great features but is much more difficult to use. The Flip is the perfect device to pull out of your pocket, record video, connect to your computer and save it. It is a great device.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great recorder & size is perfect.

                        By Papa Dub

                        from Salina, Kansas

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • Limited Zoom
                        • No image stabilization

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies
                        • Travel

                        Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                        The digital recorder works gret & has good picture quality. The battery should last a little longer
                        1 - 2 hours per charge. I would recommend this to a friend.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        LOVE IT!

                        By Amy B

                        from DC Metro

                        About Me Casual User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                        • No External Mic Input
                        • Poor In Low Light

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about MinoHD Camcorder (Black):

                          So easy to use and convenient too! I love being able to take this flip out of my pocket to film spontaneous things.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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