Flipping Over the MinoHD Mobile Video Camera
Many of the videos we produce on GBM, especially the ones shot during CES, are done using a Flip video camera. They are great little video cameras, produce some really good quality, small and light, encode directly to an avi or mp4, and are pocket-book friendly. My favorite feature is the built-in USB stick which makes importing videos and posting up to a video sharing site a breeze. My kids have one they use for shooting quick little videos around the house and they absolutely love them. In fact, I’ve seen lots of my friends around church and the neighborhood using them. My only complaint about the Flip is the zoom feature can get a bit grainy, and, unless you are really close to the subject you are recording, the audio might not pick up well.
Flip Video just announced the latest in their popular video camera, the Flip MinoHD, and based on what AllThingsDigital is reporting, the video and audio quality have improved a whole lot, recording at 720p (1280 x 720) and encoding directly to an .mp4 file. I just bought one for the team to use while at CES. At $229, it is a very good mobile option to consider when shopping for a video camera.
11/12/2008 at 11:35 am
Does it really record like a professional camera? Does it support a tripod hole? How would you compare it to a regular camcorder?
11/12/2008 at 1:52 pm
the zoom functionality leaves a lot to be desired – just one setting – In or Out. It does have a tripod hole. Except zooming in, I’ve been very happy in the quality. When zooming, I just move the camera forward instead of using the zoom feature.
The flip lacks many of the controls that a more expensive camera will get you, and it only hold 60 minutes of video.
12/09/2008 at 7:10 pm
I love my mino HD – it records very well. The software is very easy to use – zip files right onto YouTube in a couple of minutes. Zoom is rough, but I really haven’t needed it. I got a tripod with it and have found it very helpful – lots of good ones out there that can cling to anything. The quality is great – especially considering it is just a pocket video camera. Great deal on Amazon right now.
Is there an easy way to convert mp4 to mpeg? My Sony TV only plays mpeg -would like to play right off of usb thumb drive.