Went for the Cisco Flip MinoHD event yesterday at The Queen And Mangosteen located in VivoCity. It is my first time at The Queen And Mangosteen and the food there is very nice! Definitely will be going back there again.
Back to the Flip MinoHD, wasn’t really impressed by it. It can’t auto focus, no macro, no optical zoom and judging for the unit I played yesterday, the battery life isn’t that great. However having said that, the selling point of the Flip MinoHD is not the device itself but the software (FlipShare) that comes with it.
FlipShare allows you to do simple editing on the video you have recorded and share it with your friends either though Facebook, MySpace or YouTube. If the video is something personal and you only want to share it with your friends and family, you can use the software to upload it to FlipShare server and email them a link so that they are able to view the video you just recorded. Note that the video is streamed to the end users and they cannot download it unless you give them access to your FlipShare Channels. They also have iPhone, BlackBerry and Android app that allow you to view your videos on the go.
There are 2 versions of the Flip MinoHD.
- The Flip MinoHD (60 Mins) has 4GB of internal memory that allows you to record 60 minutes of HD video and a LCD screen size of 1.5″. It is retailing for S$279.
- The Flip MinoHD (120 Mins) has 8GB of internal memory that allows you to record 120 minutes of HD video and the LCD screen size is 2.0″. It is retailing for S$349
If you ask me, I think the price is pretty steep for the Flip MinoHD (120 Mins). Just pay another S$50 and for S$399 you can get an IXUS 120 IS compact camera from Canon that allows you to take good pictures and record HD video and not forgetting it has a 4x optical zoom with macro and 2.7″ LCD screen. But of course the software bundled by Canon may not be as user friendly as FlipShare. I don’t think I am comparing apple and oranges here, just which one is more value for money.
The UI for the Flip MinoHD is pretty straightforward and definitely less complex than a compact camera UI. Check out the UI:
More photos from the event: