The Flip Mino HD low-cost digital camcorder will be hitting UK stores as from 7 April. It maker says it's the smallest high-definition camcorder in the world.

The high-definition version of the flash memory-based video recorder has been the subject of cloak and dagger reporting outside the US, even though the gadget has been available since late last year Stateside.

When last we enquired about a likely UK debut for the £169 camcorder, we were curtly told that it would be "towards the end of Q1 2009".

The device allows users to record up to an hour of HD-quality video footage straight to the Mino's internal memory. A big fat red button bang in the centre of the unit is the record button, while a flip-out USB 2.0 connector at one corner is the means of attaching it to a PC or laptop to download footage.

Flip Mino HD

Designed to be whipped out of a pocket to record candid camera moments, the original Flip Mino camcorder was the first flash-based model of its sort to make a big consumer impact. Since its 2007 launch, the Mino has been much-mimicked by other video and camera makers including Kodak, Creative, Sony and Toshiba.

The Flip Mino HD is available for pre-order on the Firebox gadget website.

Flip Mino camcorder review.