Pros You get excellent video for the money, especially in low light situations. Small, compact & lightweight. Simple to use, almost impossible to screw up, even for my 8yr-old.
Cons Can't swap battery! If your hands tremble, use the tripod; otherwise those watching will get seasick.
Summary Yes, the Mino HD has some drawbacks, the battery runtime and lack of image stabilization among them. But that is just nitpicking, as for $200 you get more than you pay for. I shot my daughter's 10th birthday celebration yesterday, which ranged from the party @ Chuck E. Cheeses to inside a moving car, to back at home in dimly lit rooms. The video is flawless - although I cut out the car scenes because it was a bumpy ride & the Mino HD offers no way to compensate under such conditions. That quibble aside, the video is beautiful - even the in-home scenes with poor lighting. It displays just fine on my 37" display, although I can't testify how it might degrade on a truly large (50" or larger) TV.
I have no regrets whatsoever from purchasing this little beauty.
Pros Small, Quick, Easy to use.
Cons Slow software and conversion for YouTube degrades quality completely
Summary When you try to upload a video using FlipShare to YouTube (haven't tried any others) the HD quality is lost and the video is barely viewable. One thing you can do is go to your videos directory (after moving the clips to your computer) and then upload the raw MP4 file directly from there (using the YouTube upload page). Then you will have the option to 'watch in HD' on the bottom right of the video on the YouTube page. They don't let you embed HD, but at least you can get the better quality to share somewhere.
Pros Two nice units, BUT the Creative Vado HD version has 8 MB of memory for 2 hours of HD recording. Has HDMI output and includes the HDMI cable for superior TV quality. Has a 2 inch LCD. Has a user changable Lithium Ion batter. PC and MAC compatible.
Cons Available Decmeber 9th 2008
Summary Two excellent choices, but the Creative Vado HD outdoes the Flip Mino HD in a number of important areas.
"caveat emptor"on by steveben1
Pros ease of use, compact
Cons camera only lasts 18- 24 months , internal battery is not replaceable.
Summary cisco who bought the co. from pure digital has terrible tech support and cust service. i tell my children to lie by omission is still lying!.
Pros Small, cute, good video playback quality
Cons I purchased this 2 weeks ago from Costco. I have an HP laptop, and the Mino USB plug didnt fit into 2 of the 3 ports. I recorded a few videos to test it out and charged it. Now it is completely dead. Left if plugged in for 5 hours and still dead.
Summary The few times it worked the playback was awesome quality. Didnt work for long.