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"Pros: 720p HD video, 5x optical zoom, nice 3 inch color LCD screen, full featured for a pocket camcorder of its size.

Cons: There is no component cable and has a slow AF, poor still camera pictures and the pistol grip may not be for everyone.

The Verdict: Shooting both HD-quality movies and 10-megapixel photos is quick and simple, but the somewhat sluggish start and lower quality still pictures could be worked on"



Excellent low-light performance
Earbuds can function as external mic
Exposure controls
Wide-angle lens


No removable storage

Bottom Line

The third-generation Vado HD has the widest-angle lens of any HD pocket camcorder, as well as exposure controls, great low-light video quality, and a sub-$200 price



  • Amazingly easy to use
  • Good quality high-definition video
  • Very small and light
  • Useful, simple on-board editing/sharing app


  • Lacks a dedicated photo mode
  • No option to add extra storage
  • Absence of 1080 mode
  • Not vastly different to the previous version of the product
Like Apple, Flip Video has the slightly confounding habit of refreshing its range without actually offering us anything new. So, while the Flip Video MinoHD pocket camcorder has been around for a while now, the latest model is actually the third generation in its continuing evolution. And it's definitely an evolution rather than a revolution. Design, operation and features remain roughly the same, bar a few notable improvements. At £180, it even costs about the same as the last version.

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Pros & Cons
  • Maximum resolution up to 1080p
  • One of the few pocket camcorder to feature Electronic Image Stabilization
  • Good video quality for a pocket camcorder
  • SD card slot let users expand memory up to 32GB
  • Rechargeable and removable battery
  • External mic jack available
  • Bundled composite and HDMI cables
  • Macro focus mode
  • Competitive price
  • Does not come with external memory card – need to purchase separately
  • Bundled software isn’t Mac compatible but necessary for smooth playback of 1080p video

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