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A New Flip Joins the BoomTown Video Family: High-Def Hijinks Ensue!

As you might know from Katherine Boehret’s review of Pure Digital Technologies’ newest Flip today, there is now a high-definition version of the popular digital video camera.

Boehret mostly liked the new $230 Flip MinoHD, noting:

If you’re in the market for a simple camcorder that records high-quality video, the Flip MinoHD is definitely worth $50 more than the regular Flip Mino. But don’t say I didn’t warn you so when you’re bummed out by the screen’s still-small size and its inability to share true HD footage via the FlipShare software.”

Walt Mossberg and I demoed San Francisco-based Pure Digital’s first effort at our third D: All Things Digital in 2005.

And BoomTown has been using some version of the Flip for the column’s videos since the site started almost two years ago to make our jiggly masterpieces about the tech scene.

Thus, here is a video where my old Flips meet the newest digital video recorder in town:

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus