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New Flip MinoHD review

It's slimmer than the UltraHD, but is it worth an extra £20?

Our Verdict

For

  • Good quality video
  • Good quality sound
  • Decent features
  • Tidy size

Against

  • Fiddly controls
  • The price

As functional as the Flip pocket camcorders are, cheap they are not.

At £179.99, the new Flip MinoHD is £20 more expensive than its sibling, the Flip UltraHD, but is it really worth the extra cash?

In terms of the videos they produce, there's no discernable difference between the two. Both record 720p HD video at a resolution of 1280 x 720, both record at a frame rate of 50 frames per second, and both now include digital image stabilisation for smoothing over those inevitable hand wobbles.

Furthermore, both have up to 8GB of storage, enough for two hours of footage, both have the flip-out USB connection, a tripod mount, a proprietary HDMI connection (cable costs extra) and built-in software that helps you upload direct to your social network of choice.

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The only real difference between the two Flips are their relative appearances, despite them having the same two-inch 320 x 240 LCD display.

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The MinoHD might be described by some as the UltraHD's younger, sexier sister (although, with self-erecting USB dongles on both devices, should we be referring to them as male?). It's slimmer than the UltraHD – always a good start. It's also smaller, and it weighs less.

The MinoHD also has touch-buttons on the front instead of the more orthodox plastic appendages on the front of the Ultra.

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But while these are all positive things in theory, in practice we fail to see the real-world benefits of all those on-paper positives.

For a start, those touch buttons can be really irritating. Every time one of our digits accidentally brushed across one of them, the device registered a key press. Luckily, the red 'record' button is a proper button, so we didn't start or stop recording by mistake.

But we did accidentally zoom during recording, we did almost delete one of our videos by mistake, and we did unintentionally start playing back some of our videos. We honestly prefer the (albeit uglier) plastic buttons on the UltraHD.

Video quality

As we found with the Flip UltraHD, video quality on the new Flip MinoHD is surprisingly good.

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The 50fps frame rate means that when panning or filming fast-moving objects, the video stays as smooth as can reasonably be expected. And with the addition of image stabilisation (even in its weakened digital form), it's now possible to record shots without that annoying hand-shake distortion.

Verdict:

The MinoHD is a decent little camcorder, but it comes at a price. It's too expensive in our book, and just isn't worth the extra cash over its big sister, or even some of the other HD handhelds out there that cost a lot less (stand up the Creative Vado HD).

Sure it does look good, we'll give it that – we certainly wouldn't climb over the MinoHD to get to the UltraHD, and the video quality is great, but we still don't think that's enough to warrant the extra £20 on top of an already high asking price.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital Camcorder
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
Maximum Video Resolution1280 x 720
Number of Image Sensors1
HDMIYes
Product FamilyMinoHD
Recording MediaFlash Memory
Digital Zoom2x
Brand NameFlip Video
Screen Size5.1 cm (2")
Video FormatsMP4
Recording FormatsHD
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker
Image Sensor Size1/4.5"
Maximum Frame Rate50 fps
Battery Built-inYes
Battery RechargeableYes
Maximum Battery Run Time1.50 Hour
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camcorder Resolution1.6 Megapixel
Maximum Video Lines720
Progressive ScanYes
USBYes
Height100 mm
Width50 mm
Depth16 mm
ColourBlack
Video SystemPAL
Audio FormatsAAC
Focus ModesFixed
ManufacturerFlip Video
Product ModelM31120BUK
Product NameMinoHD M31120BUK High Definition Digital Camcorder
Product LineMinoHD
Aperture Rangef/2.4
Manufacturer Part NumberM31120BUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.theflip.com
Marketing Information

The new MinoHD features image stabilization and enhanced resolution for incredibly clear and steady video. Pre-loaded FlipShare software makes it easy to organize, edit and share your videos.

Package Contents
  • MinoHD M31120BUK High Definition Digital Camcorder
  • Wrist Strap
  • Soft Protective Case
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)116.2 g
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