Flip Video MinoHD second generation

The Good Solid 720p video, particularly for its size; slightly slicker ultraslim yet functional design; large 2-inch LCD; easy to use; integrated lithium ion rechargeable battery; HDMI output; FlipShare software compatible with both Macs and Windows machines.

The Bad Fairly pricey; no SD/MMC card expansion slot; no cable included for HD output to HDTVs.

The Bottom Line Still one of the nicest models available, the second-generation Flip MinoHD offers a slightly improved design, double the memory, and an HDMI output for the same price that the original MinoHD used to cost.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 9.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Flip Video MinoHD second generation

Editors' note: You may have heard that Cisco will no longer be producing the Flip camcorder products. However, as long as they're still available on the market, you may want to consider buying one anyway. If so, here are some issues you should consider, and if not, here are some alternatives.

Taking to heart the old saying that if it isn't broke, don't fix it, Flip Video has upgraded its MinoHD pocket camcorder for the 2009 holiday season with a new "premium" model that improves upon the popular product's design but changes little else.

In a nod to Apple, which adds the generational tag to its lines of iPod and iPhones, Flip dubs this model the MinoHD Second Generation. The key differences between it and the original MinoHD are a body that's made out of brushed metal rather than plastic, double the memory (8GB of built-in memory allows you to store 2 hours of HD video), and a larger, 2-inch transflective (antiglare) LCD that has a resolution of 960x240 pixels. Oh, and the second-generation MinoHD has a mini HDMI connector that allows you to view your clips on an HDTV--as long as you buy an optional cable. In contrast, Kodak's Zi8 ships with an HDMI cable.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $230
  • Brand Pure Digital Technologies
  • Type Camcorder
  • Weight 4.1 oz
  • Digital Video Format H.264
  • Optical Sensor Type CMOS
  • Features USB charging, auto power save, back-lit buttons, built-in speaker, date/time stamp, in-camera movie editing
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model Second Generation, Silver

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