Home » Uncategorized » Comparing the Flip and Flip Mino Digital Camcorders
Image_6643_tmimage.jpg

Comparing the Flip and Flip Mino Digital Camcorders

The market for small camcorders is really starting to explode. Even though most digital camcorders are perfectly capable of shooting video, it seems that many people prefer the convenience (and file compression) of these ultra-affordable handheld camcorders. I had the chance to play with both the original Flip Video and the significantly smaller Flip Mino the other day and I have to say that while the Mino offers some improvements, it also loses in a few areas.

Starting the positives, I like how the USB connector pops out of the top inside of swiveling out of the side, and it’s great to see that they’ve managed to keep the display the same size despite shrinking the package by a good 40% or so. The old Flip Video was a little too bulky for my tastes. Apple fans will also like the inclusion of a more Mac-friendly video codec.

On the negative side of things, Pure Digital decided to replace the physical controls with touch-sensitive controls instead. The play/pause and delete “buttons” are indented. This is largely a matter of personal preference, but I like physical hard controls better. The lens is also a little smaller, so video quality — particularly under low light conditions — is worse. The Samsung-esque glossy finish is also a fingerprint magnet.

In the end, I think I still prefer the Mino over the original Flip, simply because of the smaller form factor and lighter internal battery. Your mileage may vary.

About Michael Kwan

A freelance writer and tech geek from Vancouver. Find me at michaelkwan.com and follow me on Twitter @michaelkwan.

Check Also

wii-oculus-rift-hoverboard

Try Oculus Rift And Wii To Roam Around On The Back To The Future Hoverboard

Check out how you can fly in virtual space by using an Oculus Rift and a Wii Balance Board.

131129-amz

Amazon Appstore for Android Holiday Deals, Including Free Apps

There are tons of deals from the Amazon Appstore that will be offered starting now and throughout the holiday shopping season. They say that they will have "hundreds of titles that are eitehr free... or available between 50-90% off" the regular price.

131129-google

Black Friday: Google Play Store Apps, Games and Content on Sale All Weekend

Case in point, if you head over to the Google Play Store right now, you'll find that Google is celebrating all Cyber Weekend with discounts on all sorts of content. This includes many popular apps and games

131129-gtab

Black Friday Deal: Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 10.1-Inch for $100 Off

Did you manage to score any epic Black Friday deals this morning? Are you still ...

131128-diy

Arduino Co-Creator Releases Plans for $200 DIY Mobile Phone

Mellis was one of the people who came up with the now hugely popular Arduino platform and now he has come up with plans for people to build their own cell phone for about $200 in parts.

131128-apple

No Discounts for Apple Black Friday, Just Free Gift Cards

If you were hoping to save yourself some cash as you brave the Black Friday shopping crowds, you'll want to go somewhere other than the official Apple Stores.