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

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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!

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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.

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]

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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

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I don't understand all the rush to these HD digital camcorders for the regular consumer. Maybe for youtube length shots this might be useful but when I take 3 hours of SD vacation footage, edit it then run it through my filters and finally add any SFX I want to add every 20 minutes of 720x480 takes 48+ hours to render out on my quad core system. I couldn't imagine trying to do that with HD.

Personally I would rather have a nice SD digital that produced colors on the level of a professional camcorder with better low light and less noise before I would even THINK about going to HD.

I've been waiting all summer to post that rant and I finally got live internet privileges at the institution after they were taken away in May. Read only Gizmodo printed out on old newspapers can get frustrating.