The incredibly popular Flip camcorder is going high def with the launch of the MinoHD.

Flip makers Pure Digital says its new baby is the the world’s smallest HD camcorder – and at a mere 3oz it’s hard to disagree.

Intended to make capturing and sharing HD video easy and affordable the MinoHD records up to 60 minutes of HD video and features Flip Video’s new FlipShare software, also announced today.

This on-board software platform allows consumers to plug the camcorder’s signature flip-out USB arm into any computer for easy drag-and-drop video organizing, editing and sharing on YouTube, MySpace, AOL Video or via email.

Priced at USD $230, the Mino HD is USD $50 more than the standard-def version. It will initially only be available in the US.

Pure Digital has sold some 1.5 million of its simple-to-use digital camcorders since last year, helping revenues to grow by 44,667 per cent over the past five years.

Unsurprisingly, this has made it the number one best-selling camcorder in the US, according to the latest rankings from leading market research firm the NPD Group.

One difficulty is that sharing video in HD is difficult because sites like YouTube and MySpace still don’t play HD clips.

That must surely change soon – or there will be great opportunities for Vimeo’s hi-def video sharing service to grab a large market share.

Flip MinoHD Features:

• Weight: 3.3 oz.
• Resolution: HD 720p
• 4 GB of internal memory to record up to 60 minutes of HD video
• 1.5 inch anti-glare LCD display
• Internal, lithium ion battery recharges when USB arm is connected to computer
• One-touch recording with 2x digital zoom
• Touch-sensitive buttons for recording, playback, fast forward, rewind, pause and delete
• FlipShare software:

-On-board application installs directly when connected to any PC or Mac
-Drag-and-drop interface for easy browsing, playback, organizing and video archiving
-Integrated online video publishing to YouTube, MySpace, and AOL Video
-Free, unlimited private emailing of videos and video greeting cards
-Custom movie editing, with the option to use your own music and add titles/credits
-Capture still photos from any standard or high definition video
-Order DVDs online and have them shipped anywhere in the world
-TV connection for instant viewing (cable included)
-Tripod Mount

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