Next-Generation Flip MinoHD: Sleeker Design, Double the Memory

The newest Flip MinoHD was just announced, and it's a lot like the first-gen, but with upgrades all around. You've got double the memory, a much sleeker aluminum design, bigger screen and HDMI port. Sweet!

It's been upgraded to 8GB of memory, up from 4GB, which gives it about two hours of 720p video recording. The aluminum shell feels great: Much more solid and smaller in the hand than the previous plastic version. The screen is also significantly bigger, feeling much less puny at 2-inches. The Flip software has also seen an update, with some nice minor editing and trimming features, and features automatic uploading to Facebook, Myspace and Youtube.

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I haven't gotten the chance to play around with it too much, but video quality seems okay—about the same as past MinoHDs, and not as good as the Kodak zi8. The new MinoHD will sell for $230, while the original MinoHD will remain at $199 for 4GB. [Flip]

Flip MinoHD, 2nd Generation Camcorder Features:

* SRP: $229.99
* Now Available at leading retailers and online retailers
* Colors: Brushed Metal or personalized at theflip.com
* Video Resolution: High Definition, 1280 x 720
* Records: 2 hours (8 GB built-in memory)
* Screen: 2 inch – transflective (anti-glare); 960 x 240 pixels
* Audio: Built-in wide-range, omni-directional microphone; built-in speaker with software volume control
* Battery: Built-in rechargeable (Lithium Ion); up to 2 hours use
* TV Output: Widescreen with HDMITM output
* Zoom: 2 x Digital