Flip minoHD Camcorder Review

By on February 10, 2011
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Shoot on the go with minoHD.

Good: Better quality than Smartphones, good in low light and decent optical stabilization.
Bad: Unless you shoot a lot of casual videos, there is no need for such a device.
Price: AED 899 for 8GB (as reviewed), 699 for 4GB
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Flip video, now a part of Cisco, can arguably be credited for making the YouTube-able camera market take off. Their first camera came out almost five years ago and its simplicity struck the right cord with consumers wanting to publish their short and quick videos online. Although Flip has been around for a while, they officially launched in the UAE last year with three products. The Flip minoHD 4GB, the Flip minoHD 8GB and the Flip UltraHD 8GB. With us today, we have the middle one.

Packaged in a very iPhone kind of box, the Flip minoHD comes with a carrying pouch and a cord along with a user guide in English and Arabic. The unit itself is quite tiny, yet manages to offer everything you would want from it. The USB plug is located on the top and pops out by pressing a switch on the left side. Across from that switch is the power switch on the right side while the bottom has a tripod connector and a mini HDMI port.

Everything else on the Flip minoHD is on the face of the unit. The layout of the buttons and screen is very much like the older versions of flip- simple and intuitive. On the top you have a 2.0” screen with a 320×240 resolution while below it is the red recording button with touch buttons for zooming in ad out as well as navigation buttons on the left and right. Other than that you have two recessed buttons for playback and delete.

The camera itself is on the back side and is of fixed focus (1.5m to infinity) with an aperture of f/2.4. The built-in wide-range stereo microphone sits on the back next to lens which is the only thing that I would change on the flip as a lot of times we do unboxing videos and our voice isn’t recorded as clearly as the microphone sits on the opposite side where the camera is pointing. It works great for interviews and your subject can clearly talk into the microphone but not for the person shooting the video. Ideally, the Flip minoHD should have two mics or at least an option to plug in an external mic.

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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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