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