Flip Goes HD, Adds FlipShare Software

Mari Silbey —  November 12, 2008


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 responses to Flip Goes HD, Adds FlipShare Software

  1. Any ideas as to which format the HD will record to?

  2. Just answered my own question….

    H.264 video compression, AAC audio compression, MP4 file format

    http://www.theflip.com/products_flip_ultra_specs.II.shtml

  3. 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)

  4. Recently I bought this Flip MinoHD Camcorder . I really love it. I am almost addicted and now a day carrying to work also to shoot meetings and white board notes.I am sure you love too.

  5. 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.