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Creative Labs Vado HD Pocket Video Camcorder 3rd Generation,120 Minutes (Black) - NEWEST MODEL

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  • High definition 720P pocket video camcorder with 4GB 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 and touch capacitive buttons
  • Record up to two hour of HD video footage at 30 fps
  • Works with PC and Mac

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Technical Details

Product Description

Color: Black

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 new Vado HD Pocket Video Cam. The third generation of Vado HD camcorders introduces a sleek new industrial design, the latest Vado Central software, improved light sensitivity, optional stereo microphone input, and availability in multiple colors. 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 video at 30 frames per second with just the touch of a button. Sharing videos online is simple with built-in software that helps you post videos to YouTube, Facebook, Photobucket or The Vado HD includes an HDMI output (cable not included) 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 at 30fps, wide-angle glass lens, 2.0 inch LCD, still picture capture, touch buttons, 2x digital zoom, 4GB of video storage capacity, up to two hours of recording in HD, up to four hours of recording time at 640x480 at 30 frames per second, HDMI and RCA connections for TV, HDMI and 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 Vado camcorder and battery.

From the Manufacturer

See it, shoot it, and share it--all in high definition. Creative Lab's third generation Vado HD Pocket Video Camera (Black) makes it easier than ever to record outstanding video in 720p high-definition quality. Featuring a new, ultra-stylish design, the Vado HD is slim enough to fit in your pocket, yet its 4 GB memory capacity holds up to 120 minutes of widescreen HD-quality video. With instant one-touch recording and included Vado Central 3.0 software, you'll be watching, sharing, and editing outstanding video with ease.

Vado HD, 3rd Generation
At a Glance:
  • 4 GB of memory for up to 120 minutes of HD quality video recording
  • Vado Central 3.0 software for easy video posts to Facebook, YouTube, and more
  • Built-in USB cable

One-click video upload support for:

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The small, stylish Vado HD lets you record up to two hours of HD video.
Capture Life in Gorgeous HD
The Vado HD features a unique high-quality lens that lets you capture widescreen HD-quality video in up to 1280 x 720p. It can also take still photos--simply switch into photo mode to capture HD-quality still photos. With 4GB of onboard memory, the Vado HD can hold up to 2 hours of HD video or up to 7000 HD still captures. Because it records in the H.264 and AAC recording formats, you'll get outstanding video quality at ultra-efficient file sizes.

Other cutting-edge features include a wide-angle lens that lets you capture more action than other cameras, plus you have full control over manual exposure adjustments, so you can adjust for great video quality no matter if the scene is brightly lit or dim. For recording and instant playback, a bright two-inch LCD screen provides crisp visuals.

Vado Central Software Makes it Easy to Share
With the included Vado Central 3.0 software, you'll have an easy way to view, share, and even edit your videos. The software's user-friendly layout provides you with a clean, organized view of all your videos, as well as quick access to relevant functions such as copying, sharing, and emailing. Creative has made posting videos to websites such as Facebook, YouTube, Photobucket, or as simple as a single mouse click. Now you can take videos during your vacation and load them onto your Facebook page on the fly.

Vado Central 3.0 also includes basic video editing capabilities so you can quickly polish your videos before posting them. The software's trimming function lets you delete raw footage by choosing new starting and ending points for a clip, and then saving the improved version. And since the Vado HD takes videos in standard video formats, you can easily export them to programs such as iMovie and Movie Maker for more advanced editing options.

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The included Vado Central 3.0 software for both PC (pictured above) and Mac (below) makes posting videos to Facebook and YouTube as easy as clicking a button.
Compact, Stylish Design with Rechargeable Battery
With its glossy black looks and sleek, slim, portable design, the Vado HD ensures that you'll never miss a shot, no matter where you are. The Lithium-ion battery offers up to 2 hours of recording and playback, and is easily recharged via the built-in USB. For added convenience, the removable battery gives you the option of carrying a spare for extended recording and playback.

HDMI Output for Easy Viewing
With the Vado HD, video playback is simple, even when you're away from your computer. Simply connect your Vado HD to an HDTV with an HDMI cable (sold separately) and you'll be enjoying your videos in 720p HD quality.

Built-In USB Cable
Thanks to Creative Labs' smart design, the Vado HD's flexible, pull-out USB cable is built into the camera so it's always accessible. Connect it to your PC or Mac no matter where you are and you'll be sharing your videos in no time.

Multi-Function Port for Extra Flexibility
With a multi-function port built into the Vado HD, you'll have added flexibility when it comes to recording and playback. For improved audio, a stereo microphone can be connected to better capture sound during recording. For private listening in a public place, you can plug in a pair of headphones. And for playback, you can connect an analog AV cable to output videos onto a non-HDMI display.

The Vado HD is compatible with both Macs (Mac OS X 10.4 and later) and PCs (Windows 7, Vista, or XP (SP2)).

The Creative Labs Vado HD Pocket Video Camera is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Vado HD video camera, rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, and quick start guide.

Accessories for your Vado HD
lithium ion battery

Lithium Ion Battery
battery charger

Rechargeable Battery Charger

Waterproof Pouch
mesh pouch

Mesh Pouch


Product Details

Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 7.9 x 6.3 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B002P3N1J2
  • Item model number: VF0624-BK
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,141 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at December 15, 2009

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Customer Reviews

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178 of 193 people found the following review helpful By Amazon on February 1, 2010
Color: Black
Length: 2:04 Mins
Vado is my favorite brand when it comes to pocket size "HD" camcorders, even at 720p and 30 fps the 2nd generation was one of my favorite for its crisp frames, very wide lens, and color contrast. I was very glad to hear that the 3rd generation came out (due to some issues with the low sound quality, over-saturated colors, over-exposure of sky and other little nuances with the 2nd generation). Then i saw this... (!)

The 3rd gen. Vado HD has half the memory (4GB) and as such can only record 1 hour of HD+ footage (as opposed to 2 hrs with the 2nd gen). And it still comes with no external memory slot. The nice matte, scratch resistant and fingerprint free finish is now gone. And the buttons that were previously neatly located and easy to press and navigate are now a touch-sensitive surface that you can easily brush (thus press) and not ever realize it. Still the camera does not have optical zoom (understandable for its size), still no image stabilization (still ok since at that price range, most digital-IS does nothing and optics take space) but still no 60fps or 1080p settings much un-like most of its competition. In addition, the memory is now cut in half and there is no way to add more!

The addition of motion detection is a 'fun' feature, but i don't see when mainstream users would take advantage of that.
Personally i would -much- rather see a timelapse feature (like the Samsung pocket cameras have), which is great for sky-scapes.
Alternatively, the ability to double as a web camera (like the Sony Webbie) would also be good and perhaps useful.
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70 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence H. Bulk VINE VOICE on February 23, 2010
Color: Black Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
Offered to me for free by Amazon Vine, this is the first such product I have ever owned. Years ago, I took many home movies on film with 8mm silent, Super-8 silent, and Super-8 sound being the types I used, and then later I went to a JVC GR-SZ9 Super VHS camcorder. However, several years ago, I lost interest in video tape and I stopped taking home movies.

Fast forward to now: we have a granddaughter of whom we'd like to have some videos; I had been investigating various camcorders but had not yet made a decision.

Amazon Vine, with this Creative Labs Vado HD 3rd Generation Pocket Video Camcorder, 120 Minutes (Black) - NEWEST MODEL, made it for me.

I received the unit yesterday and, per the instructions, I charged the battery. Now the instruction say to insert the battery into the camcorder and attach the camcorder to a USB port on your computer. I wanted to see if there was an alternate method of charging the battery - and there is! You need only attach the camcorder (with the battery inserted) to a Creative Labs Battery Charger for Vado and Vado HD Camcorders or similar and plug the adapter into a wall socket. This is quite advantageous.

Amazon offers a spare battery [Creative Labs Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery for Vado HD Camcorder] and external chargers, one for the home and one for the car [
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75 of 85 people found the following review helpful By K. Dawson on February 1, 2010
Color: Black
I am not one to typically write a review of a product (this is my first)... but the Vado made me do it! After having spent time with the Flip HD cam, i was ready to give up on the mini/micro HD market, because the quality (sound and video) was so poor. I assumed that would be the case for all similar products. But a friend convinced me to give the Vado a shot, and I was immediately impressed. I love the fact that it takes both static pictures and video. This is a great fix for all of the woes of packing bulky equipment and accessories to memorialize trips and vacations. Now you only have to have room in your pocket. And the quality is outstanding! I am definitely a fan, and am going to look into other products that Creative Labs develops... because we should all experience this type of happiness with all of our electronics.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Craig Smith on March 16, 2010
Color: Black Verified Purchase
I owned the first generation of this camera, so when the lcd broke on the other one after an accident, I was pretty confident that I would love this one as well. Not so.

The worst problem is the addition of the touch sensitive controls. It's very easy to accidentally push any of the buttons. I'd read about this in reviews before I got the camera, but it ended up being way worse of a problem than I expected. The only actual button on the back of the camera is the record button, and it must be way too easy to press as well, because in the short time that I owned it I recorded well over 3 hours of footage from my pocket. This even after I turned it off and disabled the quick record option. Call me old fashioned, but I think you should be able to put a "pocket camera" in your pocket. Also, I never had this problem with the first generation. Let me also say that I was really disappointed that they cut the amount memory in half from the first generation of this camera, and still without adding the option for a micro-sd slot to add anymore memory. Lastly, it may be a bit superficial, but they changed the wonderful mat finish of the first generation to a glossy finish on this one, and it's covered in fingerprints after only a couple minutes use. Plus, the new design on the front of the camera is just plain ugly.

On the plus side, the video quality is pretty good for the price range and given that it's a pocket camera. It definitely captured the colors well and in stunning resolution (though I would love to see them add options for 60fps and better image stabilization). The sound quality is about what you would expect (not so bad), but I love the addition of a microphone jack (for using an external mic instead of the built-in) and I wish I could've tried this out!
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