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Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB Pocket Video Camcorder, 2nd Generation (Black Gloss with Maroon Accents)

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  • High definition 720P pocket video camcorder and 8GB of video storage capacity
  • Fits easily in your pocket purse or the palm of your hand
  • One touch recording with a spacious 2 inch display
  • Record up to two hours of HD video footage or up to eight hours of video at VGA resolution
  • Connect your Vado HD to any HDTV with included HDMI cable
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: VF0580 BK-MR
  • Media Type: HDD
  • Lens Type: zoom
  • Optical zoom: 2 x
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 7.9 x 6.3 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002JM1XWQ
  • Item model number: VF0580 BK-MR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,065 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 1, 2009

Product Description

Product Description

Catch the perfect snowboarding stunt, your baby's first steps or your kid's graduation, share it online and save it for a lifetime with Creative's Vado HD Pocket Video Cam. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit easily in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and it captures video in 720P high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. Sharing videos online is simple with built-in software that helps you post videos to YouTube, Photobucket or Box.net. The Vado HD is the only pocket video cam to feature true HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable for a superior viewing experience on an HDTV. Take the Vado HD Pocket Video Cam with you everywhere you go and never miss a moment. Product specs include 720p high-definition video, wide-angle glass lens, 2x digital zoom, 8GB of video storage capacity, up to two hours of recording and playback per charge, up to eight hours of recording time at 640x480 at 30 frames per second, HDMI and RCA connections for TV, HDMI cable included, A/V cable sold separately, removable and rechargeable lithium battery, Vado Central software for simple video editing and sharing. System requirements include Windows Xp Service Pack 2 or Vista, Intel Pentium III or higher, 512MB of memory, USB port, 500MB free hard disk space, and 16MB of Video Memory or above. Product ships with silicon skin, HDMI cable, and USB cable.

From the Manufacturer

See it, shoot it, and share it--all in high definition. With the Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB Pocket Video Cam Second Generation, you can capture life's amazing moments in 720p high-definition quality, all with a touch of a button. The Vado HD has a compact, stylish glossy black design and features 8 GB of memory to store your videos. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Vado is the first pocket video camcorder that you can directly connect to an HDTV to share your videos instantly. And with its built-in USB connectivity, you can just as easily upload your videos to popular Web sites such as YouTube, or you can directly upload them to your computer for storage and editing.

Vado HD Pocket Video Cam Second Generation

Accessorize your Vado HD:

Vado HD Rechargeable Battery Add up to 2 hours of recording and playback time.
Vado HD Rechargeable Battery

Add up to 2 hours of recording and playback time.

Vado HD Battery Charger Keep batteries fresh so you never miss a great shot!
Vado HD Battery Charger

Keep batteries fresh so you never miss a great shot!

Vado HD Waterproof Pouch (Blue) Take great shots while underwater!
Vado HD Waterproof Pouch (Blue)

Take great shots while underwater!

Vado HD Mesh Pouch (Silver) Carry and protect your Vado with style.
Vado HD Mesh Pouch (Silver)

Carry and protect your Vado with style.

Take high-definition video anywhere with just a push of a button

Take high-definition video anywhere with just a push of a button. View larger.
A built-in USB cable makes it easy to upload movies onto your computer.

A built-in USB cable makes it easy to upload movies onto your computer. View larger.
Precision-Engineered Lens for Superb Clarity
A PC Magazine Editors' Choice recipient, the Creative Labs Vado features a precision-engineered glass lens for sharp, clear, professional-looking videos. With this wide-angle lens, you can capture wider scenes and record more action, and with the Vado's 2x digital zoom, you can get up close with your shots, even in dim environments.

Easy, One-Touch Recording
Recording high-definition video with the Vado is as simple as touching a button. Press it to start recording and press it to stop. It doesn't get any easier than that.

The Vado features 8 GB of internal memory and four recording modes, giving you the freedom to choose the video quality that's best for you. You can record up to two hours of stunning HD-quality video, or up to four hours of video at VGA resolution.

Edit Movies and Snap Photos
With integrated Vado Central software, the VadoPocket Video Cam makes it easy to quickly shoot and edit your own short movies and capture snapshots in still and burst modes. For Mac users, the new Vado Central™ for OS X lets you transfer and import your videos direct into iMovie.

Easy HDTV Playback or Web Upload
The Vado features high-quality HDMI connectivity and an HDMI cable, which allow you to connect your camcorder into your HDTV and immediately enjoy your videos and pictures in full 720p HD quality. You don't need any special software or downloads--just plug it in and play.

And for videos you want to upload to YouTube or other popular Web sites, the Vado makes it as simple as can be. Just plug the camcorder's integrated USB tab into your computer and post your files. Vado will take care of everything, so you can concentrate on your videos and not worry about the details.

Easy to View Screen
The Vado features a large, two-inch antiglare screen, so you can review your clips or show them off to friends without a computer or HDTV. For further convenience, it runs off an included rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. Fully charged, the battery offers up to two hours of recording and playback time. Recharge the battery via the USB connector, or if you're in a hurry, simply take it out and replace with a fresh battery.

The Creative Labs Pocket Video Camcorder is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box

  • Vado HD Pocket Video Cam
  • HDMI cable
  • USB extension cable
  • Silicon skin
  • Rechargeable battery

The Vado HD's compact size lets you easily take it with you everywhere.

The Vado HD's compact size lets you easily take it with you everywhere.

Customer Reviews

This one is very easy to use, upload video and picture quality is very good.
David Baldacci
The Vado HD is perfect to put in my pocket and quickly capture videos of family, kids school events.
D. Sheehan
One we received was damaged, so we returned it for a refund and have never looked back.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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This is Creative's latest entry in the pocketable portable solid state video camera market. This is a hot segment of the market right now, with hot selling competitive models from Flip (who broke open the segment), Kodak and Creative, among others. This is Creative's higher end product, with more memory (8GB) and capable of taking "HD" high(er) resolution video.

In truth these pocketable video cameras are competing not only with each other, but also with other multi-purpose devices that can also take video, particularly digital cameras and portable phones.

Before proceeding, it's worth stating one absolute about all of these ultra portable video cameras: The selling point is portability. They are very small and light, and therefore you can slip one in your purse or jacket pocket and forget it's even there. That makes these video cameras great for impulse pictures.

If the portability is not a big selling point for you, then stop reading right now and get yourself a standard video camera. Even the lowest end standard video camera is capable of MUCH better video than any of these ultra portables. (And the higher end HD standard video cameras simply wipe the floor in terms of quality and extensibility).

Alrighty, you're still reading. So you the portability must be a selling point. So now the competition becomes a ultra slim digital camera that can also take pictures. There are dozens of such cameras now on the market. For the review that follows, I'll take as comparison the video that can be taken on a Sony DSC-W220, a ~$160 digital camera that sits in the middle of Sony's line and features 4x optical zoom, 640x480 30fps video, and image stabilization.
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261 of 281 people found the following review helpful By G. C. Vachon on October 15, 2009
I rate this Creative VADO HD a five-star performer. Why? Because I bought it for my 70 year old mother [a complete technophobe] who wanted a video camera to keep me up to date on her gardens and her life. With virtually no guidance, Mom was Video-documenting her daily life. If her 10 year old Volvo had a strange noise, I was suddenly sent a Volvo video from Mom asking my advice. If the dog was sleeping close to the mangy cat - I was sent a "isn't this cute" video. When the city decided to change an intersection, Mom was there documenting the shoddy work to show/email the city supervisors. Spectacular sunsets on the beach? Mom's got her VADO in her pocket. As an aside, Michael Moore and Francis Ford Coppola probably shouldn't be worried about the competition. ;-)

The video quality is pretty good [even with Mom's Parkinsons]. The colors are rich, the adaptation to different lighting is good. The sound quality is not bad [for such a tiny device]. The huge amount of video that can be shot is staggering [We had to increase Mom's bandwidth on her DSL line because of all the video she is shooting/sharing].

Mom likes the Vado so much, she bought me one. While we live on opposite coasts [Mom on Cape Cod and my wife and I in Santa Cruz], we often swap sunset videos. Vado brings us closer. And that's worth many times more than the few hundred dollars that Vado costs.
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283 of 306 people found the following review helpful By Chandler #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2009
If I'm going to spend more than a hundred bucks on an item or somewhere around there, I do extensive research first to know I got the best bang-for-the-buck and, consequently, dodge any potential future buyer's remorse.
I've realized that the time I spend doing my product comparisons is often time that others don't have so I may as well share what I can.

I'll start by saying that you'll see my "Verified Amazon Purchase" on the Flip HD Ultra Camcorder review because, obviously, that's the one I wound up buying and I'll share with you why. But what I like in a camcorder may not suit your own needs so I'll break it down and let you decide what's best for you via what I found out:

Here are the pocket camcorders I compared:

Flip UltraHD (will be referred to as "F")
Flip Mino HD 2nd generation (Will be referred to as "M")
Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB 2nd generation (Will be referred to as "CL")
Kodak Zi6 Pocket HD (Will be referred to as "K")
*SONY DSCW220: note: I have since had people ask me about the Sony dsc w220. I did look into this one but ruled it out for a finalist in my shopping because it is mono not stereo, it is NOT a point and shoot camera.--You have to select different modes prior to filming rather than the camera figuring it out automatically for you, it was not rated as well by the experts compared to the Flip UltraHD ( The Sony was rated "very good" as compared to "excellent", While it does have a optical zoom in photo setting, this can't be used in video setting, and the sound wasn't as good. So, while I did look at this in the end, it never made the final cut.

Why HD cameras only? Brighter colors and better images, wider images

HD SHOOTING TIME:
F: 120 minutes.
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful By CKE TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 24, 2009
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While other brands may catch more headlines the Vado HD is the small portable video cam for you. It combines portability, ease of use, quality with features that are not found on competing models. One thing that separates the Vado for the competition is its ability to record in standard definition, HD and HD+. Why is it important to be able to video quality options? Some medias do not need HD quality - when you upload videos to Facebook or YouTube HD videos take significantly longer to upload. However, there are times when it is great to record in HD... vacations... weddings... and so on.

Pros

- The ability to record using three levels of video quality.
- Great capacity! 2 hours of HD and 8 hours of standard definition
- Comes with a replaceable rechargeable battery
- Very large viewing screen, especially for the size of the camera
- Comes with a rubberized case
- Very simple to use - works great with both a Mac and a PC/Windows
- Smaller than a typical cell phone
- Comes with a HDMI port and cables - this allows you to plug the Vado HD directly into your HD television

Final verdict - A great camera that offers a significant amount of recording flexibility. The only real area for improvement is some sort of image stabilization capability , however to my knowledge, none of the cameras in this class offers this feature. My recommendation, buy with confidence!

5 Stars
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