Spiffy Gadget Video Camera Gets HD Upgrade - NBC Bay Area

Spiffy Gadget Video Camera Gets HD Upgrade

New Flip Minio HD costs $50 more than earlier version

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    We've seen the Flip video camera before. It's that video camera that's about the size of a pack of cards and uses no tape and plugs right into your computer.

    Flip has had huge success with its cameras.  They're cheap, easy to use, and pretty shock proof.  They're very small, so they'll fit in a pocket and because (in the past) they've been so inexpensive, you can take them to the beach and not worry that much about damaging or losing it.

    That formula has translated into great success for Flip, which now has a majority of the market share in video cameras.

    The latest, the Minio HD, changes things a bit.  It's expensive at $229.  So you might be pretty bummed if you drop it in the water at the seashore.

    For the extra expense, though, you get high definition video.  It's really quite amazing when you think of it -- an HD video camera that fits in your pocket for a little bit more than $250.

    It easily hooks to your computer so you can burn the movie to dvd or send the video to a video service like SmugMug.

    You can't easily e-mail HD video though, the files are just too large.

    Note: HD in this case means it's 720 dpi.  That may not mean much to you, but the true HD (the kind NBC shows are broadcast in) is 1080 dpi.  CBS and Fox shows are 720, and you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference.