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3.0 out of 5 stars Tiny but has flaws..., 6 May 2009
This review is from: Flip Mino HD Camcorder with 4GB Internal Memory and Widescreen - Black (Electronics)
I, like a many, was in awe of the price tag on this little gadget. It does what it says. You press the button it records, press it again it stops. It will playback with audio coming out of speakers and is as simple as simple as can be.

The things I wish it also did just as simple but oddly missing:

There is no pause facility so if you want to edit on the fly you cant which means there is a ot of unwanted footage being digitised. You can also NOT pause playback.

There is no fast forward or rewind - this get VERY anoying.

The TV out jack is tiny. Its an irregular size and requires a specific cable. It woyuld be better to of been standard.

Finaly the 'HD' written on the cover is not TRUE HD. It is what is commonly known as HD but just does not live up to what we have come to expect from a HD TV (for example). The 720p is not a patch on the 1080p or even the 1080i (not available on this device yet).

The size nd weight is exceptrionaly small and light. Its great to pretend its a phone and film people cheekily without them knowing whikle pressing it to your ear, but if you want holiday snaps it will jiggle about and shake with the slightest hand movement. A really jumpy picture is the result. Weight and stability usually gives better results.

Finally, the screen is 4:3 but the picture is 16:9. This is very odd and a waste of screen. You think your getting a bigger picture until you switch it on.

A new 8Gb version hs ust been released in the states. I'd get that version and leave this one on the shelf. I also suspect the features listed abouve will be available soon so it might be worthwhile waiting a little longer for what is essesntially a good quality 'phone' camera.

Oh and grabing your videos is easy nd like using a USB memory stick. File format is WMV - disappointing. MOVs would be better.
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Initial post: 18 May 2009 19:03:59 BDT
Justin says:
very helpful well done -Justin

Posted on 25 May 2009 09:14:12 BDT
You say "There is no pause facility so if you want to edit on the fly you can't which means there is a lot of unwanted footage being digitised. You can also NOT pause playback"
On the Flipvideo website ( http://flipvideo.co.uk ) the Camcorder functions specifically say; Pause, FF/Rewind.
Are you reviewing the right kit ? Quite an important feature missing if you are correct !

In reply to an earlier post on 28 May 2009 07:33:29 BDT
C. T. DUNCAN says:
Hi Mr. B. Your right you can pause it on playback. Apologies. I ahve been using the camera more and more and am actually enjoyihng it as a bit of a stills camera taking 30 pictures every second. The video records 30fps. If you import this into AVID or Final Cut - be aware of this as it makes the footage VERY juddery.

Posted on 12 Jun 2009 18:50:17 BDT
J. P. H. says:
a small point, the 720 HD the default HD tv screen size, but there is a 480 format too, 1080 is just the current commercial size and there are larger screen format. Techy I know but it means the camera is not the most basic.My only niggle is the lack of an external memory socket, SDHC would be useful, a couple of the larger (16Gb or more) chips in your pocket and you'd be set for a holiday or weekend, how many of you would have access to a PC while on holiday to clear the way for more footage?

Posted on 3 Aug 2009 11:15:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Aug 2009 11:23:35 BDT
Lee Harris says:
Lots of mistakes in this review.

It DOES have pause, rewind and fast forward. Press and hold the left and right arrows while playing back.

720p is True HD. It does not need to be 1080i or 1080p to be HD. You are also wrong to say 1080i is better than 720p, as 1080i is equivalent to 540p for full frames! Why on earth you'd want an interlaced source for HD is beyond me. It is only useful as a broadcast standard.

The 4:3 screen is used in its entirety for the GUI, the footage itself is 'letterboxed' while the information is shown above and below in the black bars, thus not getting in the way of the footage, which is a benefit.

The file format is MP4 (H.264/AAC), not WMV.

If you are having 'juddery' issues when importing, you probably have the wrong settings defined in your project. i.e. you are using a 25fps project and importing 30fps footage, you are bound to get issues. If you base your project on the source footage frame rate, your not going to run into these basic problems.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Sep 2009 19:45:49 BDT
H. Morris says:
Thanks Lee - this review nearly put me off but I'm now sufficiently reassured to go and buy one.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Oct 2009 22:17:28 GMT
chickenhawk says:
yes- thanks Lee. i think i'll get one after reading your response. well done.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Feb 2010 09:52:29 GMT
Last edited by the author on 20 Feb 2010 09:53:33 GMT
z06_tim says:
Great post (Lee Harris). I was trying to think of a way of describing much of what you managed to explain so well!

About the file format. I don't see there being an issue with it not using the .MOV file format and instead using .MP4 (not .WMV as stated by original reviewer). I have no issues editing files of either format. To suggest .MOV is a better format probably comes down to favouring of Apple products.
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