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Me and my (?) Mino

I am in love with my new little camera from Flip Video

And I hope the Flip folks will let me keep it to record the events at NECC and pretty much everything else over the coming year. 

It fits beautifully into all my bags.  It’s tiny.  Not much bigger than my iPod (see below).  With all the equipment I now carry around in my bag–phone, digital video camera, iPod, digital still camera–to say nothing of all the other stuff, size matters!  (I am afraid it’s the price a girl blogger pays these days.)

The Mino charges on my computer and requires no batteries.  The USB connection (I love that in itself–no firewire required) is located on the top of the camera, a more flexible location than the side location on its predecessor, the Ultra.  Like the Ultra, it holds 60 minutes of video.

The buttons seem easier.  I had just a little bit of trouble toggling between Record and Ready with our Ultras. No problem on the Mino.  The new button functions on the Mino took just a few minutes for me to get used to.

The Ultras I bought with a PTA grant back in early April were hugely popular in school this year.  By June, I had to fight to keep one with me.  Teachers were using them to archive and analyze student presentations and students were using them to record anything from casual memories to mini-documentaries.  Several faculty members plan to use our Ultras next year to record reflections on learning and research on student research blogs and our class Nings.

Though the folks in our school’s Video Production Department swear by the quality of their gazunta cameras and serious microphones, and choose to schlep their big tripods around, my friend Dan, who heads that department, borrowed one of the school’s little Ultras for his family trip to Disney.

The only downside to the Mino is the loss of the lovely Ultra colors–we have the pink and the orange and I craved the green the moment I saw it. 

The Mino comes in either basic black or basic white. 

I am learning to like the basics.  The size trade-off converted me.

Oh, and the cost is right too,  at around $157 on Amazon

See what you think of my test video. 

Other reviews (from those with more video expertise):


Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. I have had a Flip camera for several trips and love it. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who feels that way.

  2. Liz Philippi says:

    I got one of the Flip cameras last summer when we took a family trip to Williamsburg and Washington D.C. — the whole family love it! Even my 10 year old son took great videos at the Smithsonian with it AND like you point out it is sooooooo small and convenient!

  3. Oh man this is totally awesome. I need a new camera, my batteries die after I take two photos. I will need to check out those camera on Do you like the quality of photo that comes out?

  4. joycevalenza says:

    I do love it for video, but I’m not sure I’d use this camera for still shots.

  5. As you know, I made the entire Rock, Paper, Scissors video on my Flip!

    And you’re purse, replete with all those gadgets? One day, one gadget with all those features.

    That item will not cost 150 dollars!

  6. Joyce, I read a customer review warning Mac users that you couldn’t stitch multiple shots together on iMovie. Have you had this experience? Is it really geared for PC users?
    Thanks for any guidance you can offer.

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