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5.0 out of 5 stars A Review for Mac users, November 15, 2008
This review is from: Flip MinoHD Video Camera - Black, 4 GB, 1 Hour (1st Generation) (Electronics)
The camera
The camera has a 1.5 inch screen that is vibrant but small. The camera is thin and can easily be slid into the front pocket of your jeans. It is extremely light. The buttons on the back are touch sensitive and are not typical buttons that you "press". There is a nice quality built in microphone. Operation is dead simple. Turn it on and push the large red button to start record and then press it again to stop.

The video quality:
The video quality from this camera is phenomenal considering its price tag. No its not a Canon HV30 but its not supposed to be.There is very little motion blur and the colors are nicely saturated. Due to the higher quality video shakiness is more pronounced in the videos but its not terrible. The more still you can hold this camera the better. The sound is crisp and clear. I can easily say the quality of this camera trumps all other flash based camcorders in this price bracket.

The Software
Mac users rejoice! The Mino HD's video files ( MPEG4) are natively supported by Mac OS X, Quicktime, & iMovie 8 or iMovie HD. The software (Flipshare) even allows stitching the footage together, adding music and transitions and exporting the finished result directly to Youtube or just onto your desktop. I am very impressed Pure Digital rewrote the software package so that the features for Mac Users were the same as PC users. When you first plug in the camera iPhoto will open and offer to import the video's. You can override this in iPhoto's preferences. From then on the Flipshare will open automatically.

Final Conclusion:
The Flip Mino HD billed as the worlds smallest HD camcorder (as of 11/14) is worth its weight in gold. Especially if you have a Mac! If I had to choose one con for this camera I would say that I wish they would've added an external microphone jack to it-but thats really reaching. It's a wonderful camera for the money and they say the best camera for the job is the one thats with you when you really need it.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2008 8:00:37 AM PST
Alma Joyce says:
Re: Review for Mac users

Thank you so much for your review! It contained most of everything I wanted to hear.

Posted on Nov 20, 2008 12:09:33 PM PST
H. Sapiens says:
Thank you for this review, esp. pointing out how it works on a Mac!

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 7:38:09 AM PST
S. Poland says:
This information was very helpful. For someone like me who owns a Mac, I was wondering how the Flip would work.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 7:40:10 AM PST
S. Poland says:
This information was very helpful. For someone like me who owns a Mac, I was wondering how the Flip would work.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 1:00:05 PM PST
Deanokat says:
Just a friendly warning in case you have an older Mac. According to the Flip Mino HD's packaging, the minimum system requirements for a Mac are:

1.66 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster processor, 1 GB of RAM, OS X Tiger 10.4 or Leopard 10.5, and USB 2.0 port.

Now, I realize that most people today may have computers that easily meet or exceed these requirements. But all of my Macs--an older iMac and two PowerBooks--have 1.5 GHz PowerPC processors. But I decided to try the new HD camcorder anyway. Alas, the video taken with the Flip Mino HD will not play on any of my computers. The Flip software installed on my computer without a problem, but when I try to play back video shot with the camera on my computers, it is extremely choppy and unwatchable.

If you have an older Mac, you may want to stick with the regular Flip Mino model instead of the HD model.

Posted on Dec 3, 2008 4:51:49 PM PST
Thanks for the review. Last Christmas I got a Flip Ultra camera but returned it because the .avi files weren't compatible with iMovie and I wanted to be able to do some light editing. At the time I just didn't want to have to convert every video. Also, it bothered me that the best way to get the footage off of the camera with a Mac was to drag and drop them from a file in the camera. The old Mac software was pretty useless and slow.

I ended up spending a bit more and got a Sanyo HD700 which records H.264 MPEG4. The downside is that the low light footage isn't the best on that camera. It has a ton of manual settings to compensate but it really doesn't work well as a point and shoot because unless you are recording outside with good light, you have to tweak all of the ISO and white balance settings to get good footage. I'm very intrigued about this Camera and the Kodak Zi6 which seems to use SD slots which would be good if you need to record more than an hour of footage at a time... I'm sure the footage is comparable to my Sanyo on these models in perfect lighting but are they good in lower light like the older Flip Video cameras were?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 4, 2008 4:49:08 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 4, 2008 9:59:56 AM PST
Jim says:
Now the competition has advanced. Creative has just introduced an HD version of the Creative Vado...aptly named Creative Vado HD.
It surpasses the Flip HD in a number of very significant ways.
8GB memory for two hours of HD quality video.
Most important an HDMI output and an included HDMI cable unlike the composite output/cable on the Flip HD.
2 inch LCD. User replacable lithium ion battery.

Oh yes...It is MAC compatable.
http://us.creative.com/local/1/promo/findyourvado/welcome.asp?WT.cg_n=Campaigns&WT.mc_id=19167

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2008 11:17:31 PM PST
S S Lau says:
But the VadoHD records in AVI instead of MP4. This will need to be encoded again to MP4 for it to play on iTunes or AppleTV. Not good.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2009 6:41:47 AM PST
It's my understanding the framerate of the MinoHD is not compatible with AppleTV so the MinoHD video files still have to be re-encoded to work on an AppleTV. I don't own an AppleTV so I cannot personally verify this.

Posted on Jan 2, 2009 6:57:38 AM PST
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