You know how we covet our Flipvideo. It seems they are at it again with the Mino, a smaller but slightly more expensive model in black or silver. At a size of 3.9 x 2 x 0.6-inches, it’s 2GB flash can hold up to an hour of video. The four buttons control zoom, audio volume, and video playback. The Mino has built-in integration with AOL Video and MySpace video players, a 2x digital zoom, and a 1.5-inch display. And although we don’t have a problem with ours because our eneloop batteries last for eons, this Flip has included rechargeable batteries that charge by USB, making it well worth the $179.00 price tag.
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Creative has come up with its own version of the Flipvideo, the Vado. The basic point, press, and shoot pocket video camera can capture up to 2 hours of video with 2x digital zoom. Playback is instant on the 2-inch LCD screen and uploading on YouTube or Photobucket is available when you connect to your PC. Recharge the AA batteries via USB or change out (extras not included) for more time. The price on the Vado, which comes in silver or pink, is $99.00.
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The results are in. If you want some decent rechargeable batteries, Sanyo’s eneloops are the way to go. We do a lot of Flipvideoing and lately have been doing some extensive audio interviews, so it came down to purchasing a gazillion batteries from our local dollar store or finding some decent rechargeables that would last more than 12 hours.
While we found plenty of them for very little bucks, we learned a long time ago not to rely on any name in electronics that was unfamiliar. That being said, on a budget less than $39.95 we had our choice of Sony or the eneloops. Since Sony doesn’t have the greatest track record for batteries, we decided to test drive the latter, which comes with four AAs. Full details after the jump.
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We just received an XShot, the cool little extension device that you attach to your still or video cam that allows you long and/or panoramic shots without the aid of an extra person. Its stainless steel shaft is indeed lightweight and extends 37-inches. The screw is a standard one used on tripods and it has the tilt capability of 180º. The company claims that it will fit in your pocket when closed (9-inches,) but those would have to be some pretty big jeans to accommodate it. It does, however, have a nice lanyard for carrying and a very comfortable rubber grip. Full review and demo after the jump.
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If it says Oprah, it’s got to be good, right? La Winfrey began her own YouTube page this week and debuted it on her show yesterday. Her guests included its creators Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, as well as some top “stars” from the site itself. She even went as far as capturing her own show on her Flipvideo, but we will spare you the results. While she may be excited about her new pet project, we just want to say, “What took you so long?”
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It’s no top of the line model, but we still dig our new Flipvideo. Going through video withdrawal, we purchased one on a whim and set out to test our new toy. It is so simple to operate that we are eternally grateful to puredigital. The MSRP for the cam is $149.99, but we managed to purchase one on Amazon for $130.00 with free shipping. We figure we had better invest the savings into rechargeable batteries as this puppy only comes with 2 standard AA’s. Details to follow.
Pay attention, wannabe YouTube stars. Flipvideo is an internal flash memory camcorder for those that like simple working gadgets, or those who are simply cheap. With a direct USB connection, it features a 1.5-inch color screen for insta-view, 30 fps video at 640 x 480 VGA resolution, wide range mic, speaker, video out (cable included,) and USB in. Both cameras include work on PC and Mac, and have built-in software to work on your projects. The 30 minute version holds 512 MB at a price of $119.00, while 60 minutes of 1 GB will only set you back only $149.00, and is available online or in retail shops.
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