If you want a simple-to-use camcorder you can slip into your pocket, reviewers overwhelmingly recommend the Pure Digital Flip Mino. It shoots mediocre video (good enough for a YouTube clip, reviews say, but you wouldn't want to record your wedding on it) and is devoid of all but the most basic features. But experts and users love its simplicity; they say it's so easy a child can easily master it. The Mino uploads video directly to YouTube, MySpace or AOL Video.
CamcorderInfo.com has by far the most comprehensive review of the Pure Digital Flip Mino, covering every aspect of the camcorder and rating it against dozens of other camcorders on the market. The review at PC World is shorter, but it helpfully compares the Mino directly against the Creative Vado. Reviews at CNET, PCMag.com and Macworld test the Mino and compare it with the Flip Ultra. We also found useful user reviews at Amazon.com.
In its usual thorough fashion, CamcorderInfo.com evaluates every aspect of the Pure Digital Flip Mino, directly comparing it with four of its competitors -- although not its closest competitor, the Creative Vado. Reviewer David Kender likes the Mino better than other pocket camcorders.
Review: Pure Digital Flip Mino Camcorder Review, David Kender, June 25, 2008
2. PC World
Reviewer Tim Moynihan tests both the Flip Mino and the Creative Vado, concluding that the Mino is "clearly the better camcorder of the two." The Mino is Mac-compatible and shoots better video, he says.
Review: Flip Video Flip Mino, Tim Moynihan, June 10, 2008
The Flip Mino gets a slightly higher rating than most other pocket camcorders here, with 3.5 stars (out of 5). This review compares the Mino to its predecessor, the Flip Ultra, and briefly to competitors from Creative and RCA.
Review: Flip Video Mino, David Carnoy, June 9, 2008
Reviewer Brian Heater tests all major aspects of the Pure Digital Flip Mino, comparing it with its predecessor, the Flip Ultra, and with its closest competitor, the Creative Vado. The Vado gets a slightly higher score than the other two, but Heater isn't impressed with any of the video quality overall.
Review: Pure Digital Flip Mino, Brian Heater, July 1, 2008
Like other reviews, Macworld's review of the Pure Digital Flip Mino compares it with the Flip Ultra. Although tester Christopher Breen awards the Mino a rating of only 3.5 (out of five), he says its portability and convenience actually make it a good buy.
Review: Review: Flip Mino, Christopher Breen, July 30, 2008
The Pure Digital Flip Mino averages four stars (out of five) in more than 500 reviews. Users like that it's tiny and easy to use. Some of the reviews are very thorough, including one head-to-head test of the Flip Mino, Flip Ultra and Creative Vado.
Review: Flip Mino Camcorder, 60 Minutes (Black), Contributors to Amazon.com