Last Updated Jun 30, 2010 8:52 AM EDT
How does the iPhone's new HD video camera compare to the Flip Mino HD? Good enough that we don't think any iPhone 4 owner would ever need to buy a Flip.
The image is better on the Flip, but not so much better to justify buying and carrying another video camera. Lucky for Flip, there's only (maybe) a million or more iPhone 4 owners. Long term, though, that will change and Flip is pretty much screwed."Screwed" is a bit much, especially since Flip currently has several millions users. That said, the iPhone 4 has certain advantages at this point.
- All-in-one: The iPhone 4 cam comes along with the phone service, FaceTime video chat, and, of course, hundreds of thousands of apps.
- More for your money: The iPhone 4 is $199, $30 cheaper than the aforementioned Flip MinoHD.
- More battery power: The iPhone 4 battery can last for several hours. Most Flips can do up to 2 hours of video on one battery charge.
- Even better low-light sensitivity: The iPhone 4 has an LED flash, but the Flip series has ultra low-light sensitivity (for photogs, up to >1.4 V/lux-sec) that adjusts the brightness. Online iPhone 4 user discussions regarding dark environments will probably begin shortly.
- Emphasize a cheaper, single-purchase alternative: Where's the iPhone 4's iPod Touch counterpart? For now, users will have to ride with AT&T (ATT) and its expensive plans -- and the extra one-time fee for a Flip cam seems reasonable. Priced between $149 and $279, a Flip MSRP cut would create an even better lane for Cisco's product.
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