Flip HD Mino

I really like the look of these new Flip Flip Mino HD videos. Do you use them for your blog? I had an earlier version of the Flip. I’m just not sure whether to get a new one.


#1 Hadleigh Roberts on 06.11.09 at 6:30 pm

By complete coincidence, I was planning to get the “Flip Video Ultra Camcorder, 2nd Generation with 4GB Memory – Black” for £129.99 on Amazon, not HD but pretty state-of-the-art.

I might use it for my blog, but my webcam might be better suited to it. I would use the flip for on-the-spot journalism.


#2 Ed Moore on 06.11.09 at 6:39 pm

Hi Tom,

Don’t forget the Kodak Zi6! It’s cheaper and you can put in however much memory you want, plus the batteries are rechargable AAs, so if you run out on the road you can just grab some from a newsagents.

I shoot all my behind the scenes cinematography diaries on it – take a look at http://emoore.co.uk/blog/category/dopdiaries/

#3 Whitehall Webby on 06.11.09 at 7:10 pm


#4 Alan in Belfast on 06.11.09 at 7:24 pm

I’ve started to illustrate a blog post with a bit of video every now and again. The Mini HD is good – reviewed – though the audio is ever so slightly quiet and often needs oomph added in the edit.

#5 Documentally on 06.12.09 at 10:24 pm

Kodak Zi6 all the way. AA batteries and SD card (Buy a 16 gig for good measure). I have had a couple.. worn them out. I also have the new Zx1 but the sound is a bit naff..

As long as you are in a relatively well lit place the Zi6 is a quality bit of kit.

#6 Dave Briggs on 06.13.09 at 11:52 am

I now have 3 Flip Ultras – which is the model you have, I think. Could have bought Minos, but haven’t bothered. I like the fact that Ultras run off AA batteries more than anything… and do you really need HD for this kind of low tech recording?

Plus the Ultras are only £60-70 these days. Bargainous.

#7 Nick Booth on 06.14.09 at 8:28 pm

I have a couple of the HD flips and would say don’t bother. You end up with a file that takes four times as long to upload to the web as it will with the Ultras – for no meaningful improvement in either image or sound quality when viewed on and embedded vimeo or youtube video.

In the end the tedium of doing that and the irritation of manipulating hd files will mean you shoot and share less.

So take Dave’s advice.

#8 Darren Bristow on 06.16.09 at 5:40 pm

Here are a few examples of the Flip Ultra in action. I don’t profess to be a cameraman but for ease of use and acceptable quality for web (at the moment) its fine.

http://blip.tv/file/1406137 – bright sunny day fairground ride

http://blip.tv/file/1405353 – night time car ride

http://mydangerousloverboy.quba.co.uk/sheffdocfest-meetmarket-2008/ – interview in busy room

These three examples put the camera through a variety of situations – hope these examples are useful

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