Flip video had made a name for itself until the discontinuation of the cameras in 2011. It is one of our favorite and most affordable pocket cameras to date. The MinoHD is one of their best video cameras out there, especially being within the $200 price range (depends on the GB generation you select). By fitting in our pockets and weighing only 4 ounces, providing a quick-and-easy way of sharing/editing videos with a USB arm, as well as coming with a nice-quality 2″ screen, this is one of the most affordable pocket video cameras available today. In fact, it made it into our best small HD video camera article! Let’s get into the details of the MinoHD.
Main features of the Flip MinoHD video camera
- Shoot up to 1 or 2 hours of HD video (720p/60 fps) (4GB = 1 hour, 8GB = 2 hours)
- 2″ anti-glare screen for playback (color)
- Built-in stabilization feature
- Connects with a flip-out USB arm
- Works with PC and Mac
- Pre-loaded FlipShare software for easy sharing and editing
- Comes in 4GB or 8 GB built-in memory
- Internal Lithium-ion battery is chargeable through the USB arm
- Touch-sensitive buttons on back of camera
- Colors: Black, white, or grey
- Box comes with the video camera, a wrist strap, protective case and guide
One of the more useful capabilities the MinoHD video camera has is the built-in image stabilization technology. We wouldn’t say it’s groundbreaking in a way that it would solve all of your shaky video needs like being on a rollercoaster, but it definitely does the trick if you want to tweak videos here and there that have some movement you’d like removed. We’ve heard some success with it from clips of cars driving and people riding bikes and/or running.
Another perk of the camera is the fact that it automatically turns on and charges when you plug it in via USB. The set up is relatively easy as you merely set the time and date and immediately begin recording. You don’t need a memory card.
The software included with the MinoHD is relatively standard — it is by no means a professional editing workstation. However, it does allow you to add a title, credits, some music, as well as a few effects.
The only downside would be that there is no option to film 1080p, a resolution that is quickly becoming the norm in today’s video world. However, the difference between 720 with 60 fps and 1080p with 30 fps is very minuscule and should be taken with a grain of salt if that is what your decision will be based on. If it is, be sure to check our best 1080p HD video camera article for those options.
The e-mailing feature has given some users complaints as there are ads and invitations included in the body. Although, I don’t think I’d ever immediately e-mail a clip to somebody. I’d prefer to upload it to YouTube or send it through my phone.