Product Type: Flip Video digital camcorders
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Member Name: exodian1
Flip Mino High Definition Camcorder - 2nd Generation
Advantages: very easy to use, good picture and audio quality
Disadvantages: Not as great as other cameras
I purchased the Flip MinoHD with high expectations, and they were met. The Flip MinoHD camcorder is great-- the perfect thing for any family hoping to videotape the kids, friends, events, etc. First of all, it's extremely easy to use: when you get the box, there is absolutely no assembly required. Your first guess about which buttons are the power switch, record button, and USB connector release will be correct; great intuitive design. The device looks and feels great and easily fits in your hand comfortably for long periods of time. It turns on and off quickly) so you don't have to wait long to start recording that precious, fleeting moment.
The screen is a bit large, but that's not a big deal. Image quality is amazing, and not too shaky/bouncy. The USB connector is good-- very convenient, easy to connect, and you don't have to go running to find any special USB connector cable. The audio is surprisingly good, picking up faint background sounds that I hadn't even noticed at the time of recording and picking up simultaneous music and voices, near and far, with great quality. The 2-hour battery life is more than I ever use, so it's great. Honestly I haven't made use of the HD resolution, but I'm sure that will be fantastic. In the meantime, the HD quality is better than anything I'll ever need. By the way, I know other reviewers have said they can make the camcorder freeze up by zooming in or out during recording, but mine works fine even when I do that.
I saved the best for last: the Flip Video software. That's what made it even more impressive! It is ridiculously easy to setup, automatically starts when I plug in the camcorder, and makes it completely obvious how to download the videos, play back, freeze frames to make photos, and share. And it's fast-- not much waiting for videos to load up (like other video players). It's all in an easy-to-use, well-organized (by video date) layout very similar to the iPod control panel (a common comparison, it seems). I wish all software was this easy to use. It has completely replaced my old camera.
Summary: Very simple and easy to use camera.
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