Video shot in both bright and low light looked pretty good. It didn't look great, but the video wasn't nearly as noisy in low light as we've seen from other camcorders of this ilk. The sound was also decent and an improvement over the Mino's.
There are some caveats, however. The MinoHD does much better when held steady, so you might want to invest in a mini tripod. The camcorder also has some focus issues, such as choosing the ground rather than the animal scampering across it, and you can't get too close to your subjects or they will be out of focus.
You'll also notice that videos don't always play with the smooth precision of true HD video -- there's some slight jitter. A Flip Video representative said it helps to have a more powerful computer and few applications open when you're playing back videos, but we noticed jitter on an eight-core Mac with nothing else running.
The MinoHD marks another step forward for Flip Video and mini-camcorders in general. But the device isn't without its drawbacks: a relatively high price tag, no memory-expansion slot and a short-lived, non-removable battery.
The big question is whether the MinoHD is better than the Zi6. We think it is. Although some may prefer the larger Zi6, with its bigger LCD screen, the MinoHD's video quality is slightly better and its smaller design will appeal to people looking for a camcorder that barely makes a bulge in your pocket.
Additional editing by Charles Kloet