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Flip Mino HD Camcorder With 4GB Internal Memory And Widescreen - Chrome


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  • World’s smallest HD camcorder (720p) with super-slim, super-sleek design
  • One-touch recording to 4GB (60 mins) of built-in memory
  • E-mail your videos or upload direct to site like YouTube, MySpace, and AOL
  • Flip-out USB for simple, fast video transfer
  • Easy-to-use editing software and file format for use with devices like iTunes and iMovie


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  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 5 x 10 cm ; 104 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: F460CUK
  • ASIN: B002A9VPE4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 3 Jun 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,130 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Whatchamacallit TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Jun 2009
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The Flip Mino HD is a mobile phone sized camcorder which records in a high definition format. It doesn't need tapes, discs or batteries and is small enough to slip into your pocket. It does come very nicely packaged in a compact box which seems designed to remind you just how small this camcorder is.
In use it is incredibly simple to operate - my technophobe wife loves it and can use it very easily. In fact, because it's so simple I could happily let my small nieces hold it without worrying that they might press the wrong button or damage it somehow. Although the picture quality isn't perfect it is very good for a small lens unit such as this one, and it adapts quickly to low light levels - in some situations it gave more detail in low light than I could make out by sight. The sound quality is very good too and it picks out conversations quite well even in noisier surroundings. It can be hand held, stood up on it's flat bottom or used on a tripod.
There aren't any software discs to worry about as everything is stored in the camcorder for you to use if you want, or you can just copy and paste the files to play another way on your computer. However, I did have some problems playing the HD videos on my computer - using Quicktime Player it couldn't handle the HD clips without some jerkiness, and the best results were obtained by simply connecting it up to my television. One very important thing to note is that the Mino Flip is TOUGH - it was accidentally dropped about four feet onto concrete slabs and the only damage is a small scratch on the corner - and it still works perfectly!
There is only one real drawback for me - like any other small recording device this unit suffers from camera shake and would benefit from some stability software being installed.
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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Leomans on 9 Mar 2010
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I already had the original Ultra Version of this product, which I was very pleased with, despite it being a little bit bulky. I bought the Mino because I wanted to assess the HD Quality. To be honest, the HD quality is pretty acceptable but I think there is a overall flaw in this product. The focal length of the lens appears to be far too narrow, and unlike with a wide angle lens, so get a group of people in the shot you have to move quite a way back. I have only used it a few times and maybe I will learn to live with this 'flaw'. I did not have the same problem with the Flip Ultra so I really wish I'd have bought one of those.
In summary, I would avoid this product and go for the Flip Ultra every time. I hope this helps somebody!
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112 of 115 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Hartnell on 8 May 2009
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I have used this high definition camcorder of mobile phone dimensions for recording guitar pieces and people speaking. The video and the sound quality are excellent. Putting videos onto youtube with the camera's software is straightforward as is editing the videos.

You plug the camera straight into your computer via a flip out USB jack and you can then work with your vids while the camera is charging.

There are two tiny niggles with the camera. As is often the case, in the paper instructions one of the procedures does not give the right button to press to do something(see later for correct order). Once you have cracked this everything is very easy. Secondly when using the camera's own software rather than another upload programme to transfer videos to youtube, an irritating message is embedded on your youtube video saying 'recorded on (date) on a flip mino camcorder'(or words to that effect)which stays there even if you delete it on the youtube upload set up. I have managed to get rid of this once or twice and will eventually suss out how to avoid this or use another upload programme for transfer.

Now that youtube is doing HD vids the quality of the HD recording is not diminished by uploading to a lower format.

Unlike it's Kodak counterpart, this camera can be stood on a flat surface because the designers were smart enough not to put the attachment for the handcord on the bottom surface. There is also a standard tripod thread and the small Gorillapod tripod works well.

Switch on, frame the shot, press the red button to start and finish recording. Press bottom right then top left to view. Press the trashcan, bottom left and top left to erase ( these buttons move the cursor to yes).
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. Newton on 28 Dec 2009
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I bought this because of the convenient size and because of the HD resolution (720p).

Pro's
. The camera turns on very quickly so is handy for those spure of the moment shots.

. It comes with a built in USB connector, and its software is on the device itself (so you can use it anywhere without having to worry about leads or CD's.

. It easily fits in your pocket, and comes with a thin fabric slip cover (the sort you get with sunglasses) so its something you could conceivably carry round.

Cons'
. The video quality is quite poor for a "HD" device. Yes you get the correct resolution, but you also get with it a fair amount of pixel noise. I bought Cyberlink PowerDirector 8 ultra, to try to fix some of the noise, but you can never really get rid of it.
. It doesn't cope particularly well in low light conditions, the noise gets noticeably worse.
. Memory isn't expandable and the battery isn't replaceable, neither of these were really issues for me, but it might put others off.
. Only digital zoom (so it might as well have no zoom)

In short if you have a mobile phone that records video, this gadget really isn't for you, as the quality really isn't much better. With its rather poor quality, it won't be long until devices like this disappear in favour of newer mobiles, I wish i'd stuck with my mobile, but the idea of playing something on my HD tv appealed to me.

The Amazon service was brilliant as usual.
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