Flip Goes HD, Adds FlipShare Software

Pure Digital unveiled its anticipated Flip MinoHD today packaged with new FlipShare software for editing and sharing. We were hoping Dave might get a look at the new HD recorder at CES Unveiled last night, but Pure Digital – like many other companies – wasn’t on site. However my review unit is on its way and, in the meantime, here are the basic stats:

  • Resolution: 720p
  • Dimensions: 4″ x 2″ x 0.6″
  • Weight: 3.3 oz.
  • Storage: 4 GB, 60 mins of HD video
  • Pricing: $229.99
  • Availability: Design your own at TheFlip.com, or buy in black at Amazon, BestBuy.com, or WalMart.com

One of the issues with the Flip camcorders to date has been keeping a sharp focus for close-up shots. According to a Flip spokesperson, the MinoHD doesn’t necessary solve that problem, with the minimum focus range staying at 80 cm. However, it’s likely not a significant concern for casual users, particularly with the new HD resolution. Mainly the focus range is a bummer for those of us filming cell phones and product reviews.

I also asked whether the continued development of the Flip Mino line meant the end of the Flip Ultra. Not so, according to Pure Digital. The double-AA-battery-toting Ultra is sticking around.

Regarding the FlipShare software pictured below, it looks like PureDigital has added a few convenient new features in addition to upgrading the GUI. There’s now an option for adding music to your videos, plus the ability to create and sending video greeting cards

5 thoughts on “Flip Goes HD, Adds FlipShare Software”

  1. I ordered one. I’m doing a multi-camera shoot next month in HD and need coverage in more places than I’m willing to rent a camera for (renting 2 cameras, planning on maybe 3 more FlipHD’s)

  2. I like the Flip Mino HD camcorder because of its small size. It is easy to carry around in the pocket and I can use it at a moments notice. For the Blizzard over Christmas I took it out and even though it was 9pm at night with snow pounding my face, it did a great job taking video that I was able to post on my Youtube page.

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