Pros Sleek design, bone-simple to use. Decent software package with right outta' the box usability. Very good battery life, and exceptional auto white balance for a pocket cam.
Cons Biggest gripe is that this was marketed by a parent company that just hung Flip out to dry - even though it's a market leader AND money maker. This means no next generation, no continued refinement.
Summary The pros and cons are already stated, but I'll speak to both in greater detail here: I was given a Flip MinoHD over the holidays, and have enjoyed playing with it here and there. It's not a real replacement for a proper camcorder - you really want a good optical zoom and better mic than you can fit in a pocket - but for something that's smaller than my TV remote it works splendidly.
Strong points are ease of use, quality of picture (it performs MUCH better in low light than several other mini-cams I've tried), good sound reproduction, and a very attractive design.
Weak points are few: The "back" of the case is a fingerprint magnet, there is no optical zoom, accessories are stupid-pricey IF you can get 'em. A wide-angle lens for this camera should be no more than $20, but it's priced at $50. Silly.
Then again, since Cisco has just announced they're killing off the entire Flip line, these things should be selling for fire-sale prices by now. Shame that a company that's done some very good projects over the years, is killing a market leader and money maker for the purpose of "redefining its position vis-a-vis the marketplace," or whatever asinine syntax they used in their statement.
Pros None that I am happy with except for the HD movies when it does work.
Cons My Flip Mino HD has always been difficult to use with the buttons slow to respond to pressing them and also difficult to turn on. Now it does not charge and will not turn on. Apparently this is an inherent problem with this product. And from what I have r
SummaryApparently this is an inherent problem with this product. And from what I have read, after the 90 day warranty there is no support at all. I will never buy a Flip again. I will check out competitor cameras after checking them out on Cnet.
Updated on Mar 29, 2011
Updated on Mar 30, 2011I finally got the information I needed via customer service from Apple. It turns out that you have to connect to a high power computer USB for at least 3 hours after pushing the reset with a pin. The computer cannot be allowed to hibernate during this time. The Flip camera will reset itself if this is done. If not, leave it connected overnight. In my case the 3 hours worked and my Flip Mino HD is working again. I wish this had been posted on line somewhere.
Pros I love how compact it is and the quickness to shoot video. And with the flipshare software it makes for easy uploading to your favorite social websites. Combining multiple clips is easy to to with flipshare software which is a plus as well.
Cons I wish I had a wider view, it doesn't cover a wide angle to your shot. I know there's an attachment lens available, but that takes away from it being compact. Although I am not concerned alot about the aforementioned I still love my flip mino hd.
Summary I would highly recomend this video camera to anyone and everyone who is interested in capturing moment's in life that you can not do with a digital camera. Plus it's not almost a thousand bucks like those high end HD video cameras. This one fit's right in your pocket just like your cell phone.
Pros Easy to use, Size, quality of video, and the price. I got mine online for $121.00. It comes in handy when I want to shoot video of my grandkids. I can just drop it in my pocket or purse and it is as simple as point, shoot, record with one button.
Cons It does not have a memory card slot and I had to buy the HDMI cables separately.
Summary I like it because it is easy to use. The price was not bad and the quality of the video is very good. I would definitely recommend it to my friends. It is compact and can be taken with you anywhere.
Pros The Flip MinoHD is good for taking quick videos. It's light-weight, easy to use, and relatively cheap (my ex-girlfriend got mine for me at www.woot.com refurbished for $69.99)
Cons - USB
- low-light videos
- zoomed in
Summary Sadly, the cons outweigh the pros for the Flip MinoHD. As you've probably read in other reviews, although it is convenient to not have to deal with any cords, there is a design flaw with the USB connection. It is too bulky and as a result when my Flip is plugged into my Macbook PRo I can't plug in my external hard drive with the possibility of breaking one of the two. Also, low-light videos are somewhat grainy and editing doesn't help. My biggest concern is how zoomed in the lens is automatically. I use mine at social gatherings with my friends and family and I really have to step back to get a good frame. For instance, my brother was goofing around, dancing, and while standing around 10 feet away from him I couldn't get his entire body in the shot. Overall, I was a little upset with the Flip MinoHD and wouldn't recommend it.