Flip Mino is the ideal device for the new generation of You Tube-rs out there. Whilst there are alternative and perhaps even better means for getting your video online, the Flip Mino is unchallenged when it comes to simplicity in getting your videos online.
The compact design of the Flip Mino means you can carry it with you almost everywhere you go, whether that be on holiday, a day out or even a night out. The overall footprint of the device is about the same as a mobile phone and you can hold it in the same way as well.
You can choose between the glossy white and black models with a black glossy front. One area of the design that the Flip Mino doesn’t get perfect scores on is the front fascia. The glossy front makes for good looks, but in reality, it results in a messed up fascia covered in fingerprints and smudges. However, a soft carrying case which can be used as a cleaning cloth is supplied in the box.
Touch-sensitive buttons are used for the majority of the functionality with just one tactile button. Perhaps one of the more sensible design choices is to implement the record and stop button with tactile feedback. A tactile button gives you the peace of mind that you hit the record and stop button when you wanted to as touch-sensitive buttons, like on any other device, can be a hit or miss sometimes.
Power comes courtesy of the lithium-ion battery inside of the device that recharges via flip-out USB connector. A small flip switch on the left side pops up the USB connector. With the size of the device, it ends being an oversized USB drive so a cable is supplied if other cables are in the way.
Video and audio out cables (red, white and yellow) are included in the box for connecting straight to your TV set for immediate full-screen playback. At the base of the unit, a standard tripod port is built-in so you can connect a tripod to this portable video recorder.
In terms of video quality, the 640 x 480 30fps recordings are pretty exceptional. With the 2GB of flash memory built-in, you can get up to 1 hour of video. It’s also a reason why you would spend the money on this device as opposed to just using your existing digital camera with video recording capabilities. Whilst a large number of compact cameras already do the 640 x 480 resolution, they don’t normally include a 30fps option, instead offering a less smoother frame rate at 15fps.
For around the £119 mark, this is a reasonably priced video camera that delivers video quality perfect for shooting videos for your own memories or to upload to sites like YouTube and Facebook to share with your friends and family. Everything you need is included in the unit, including the rechargeable battery, 2GB of built-in memory and soft carrying case.