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Creative Labs Vado HD 4GB Pocket Video Camcorder 2nd Generation (Black Gloss)


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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
  • Record up to one hours of HD video footage or up to four hours of video at VGA resolution
  • Connect your Vado HD to any HDTV with optional HDMI cable
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Creative Labs
  • Model: VF0584 BK-GL
  • Optical zoom: 1 x

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 3.2 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002S53CK0
  • Item model number: VF0584 BK-GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,166 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 27, 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 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, 4GB of video storage capacity, up to one hours of recording and playback per charge, up to four hours of recording time at 640x480 at 30 frames per second, HDMI and RCA connections for TV, HDMI and A/V cables 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, and USB cable.

From the Manufacturer

See it, shoot it, and share it--all in high definition. With the Creative Labs Vado HD 4 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 stylish glossy white design and features 4 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.
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A built-in USB cable makes it easy to upload movies onto your computer. (Black version shown.)

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 4 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 one hours of stunning HD-quality video, or up to two 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 (HDMI cable not included), which allows 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
  • 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

It's simple to use, and it's good quality video.
DansReviews
I returned and reordered the item and the new one works great.
Terri Mitchell
Easy to use and small enough to take everywhere we go.
Susan Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By LivinginAmerika on December 4, 2009
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Selected the Vado over other pocket video camcorders (specifically the Flip Ultra Camcorder 2nd Generation, 120 Minutes) because for almost the same price(~$90) it provides up to HD 720p resolution (instead of VGA only) and has a wide-angle lens.

Received the Vado yesterday evening and charged it overnight using standard charging speed. Took it for a quick test run this morning filming three small clips (17 to 30 seconds duration) using the HD+, HD, and VGA settings. The Vado performed as expected based on the hundreds of reviews I had read and I won't rehash the specifics here.

I did encounter the same issues with out-of-sync audio/video that a number of other reviewers have noted when playing both HD+ and HD videos directly from the Vado on my laptop (VGA had no issues). To test this more fully I recorded an eight minute HD+ video, saved it to the laptop hard drive, and played it back on both Windows Media Player and WMP Classic. Both programs lost sync rather quickly.

I then recorded a five minute HD video, saved it, and played it back on the same programs. This time both WMP and Classic remained in sync. Note that, just like the shorter video, playing this HD video directly from the Vado caused the video to go out-of-sync. So for myself the best way to view videos using my laptop is to record in HD, copy them onto my hard drive, and use WMP/Classic.

Here are the various specs so potential purchasers can compare what I'm using to their computers to hopefully get an idea of expected performance:

Windows Media Player 11 Ver. 11.0.5721.5268
Windows Media Player Classic (unicode build) Ver. 6.4.9.1
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Gamer at Heart TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 25, 2010
I have found the video quality of this camcorder to be consistent with its price, which in the end isn't too shocking. What surprised me is that the video quality, even on the highest HD quality setting, is still far below the HD quality of my Kodak camera which is not even a dedicated video camera like the Creative. My Kodak camera is a digital still camera which also records in 720P. The indoor video quality of the Creative is very soft, lacking the clear, sharp imagery one would expect from 720P.

The Creative is very use to use, and it is basically idiot proof. One button to turn it on, one to record, and two very limited zoom and zoom-out buttons.

Whether the ease of use outweighs your need for higher quality will of course depend on your needs. If you are shooting any footage that will have sentimental value to you, like family, children, etc, I would recommend spending more money on a higher quality camera. If you are shooting buddies at parties, or goofing off to post videos on You Tube, the ease of use of this camera is worth the lower quality, assuming such footage isn't something you value as much as your baby's first steps.

The attractive pricing of this camcorder clearly places it in the low-end of expected performance. As long you are picking the right camera for your intended use, and this fits into that objective, you will probably like this camera, despite its lower quality.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By moose_of_many_waters VINE VOICE on December 6, 2009
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At the time I bought this (Christmas season 2009), the Vado was the least expensive option for 720p video pocket-sized recorders. It's very handy to carry around and the little included silicon case is useful and well designed. The camera is fairly intuitive to use for shooting videos. I'd recommend a tripod for long interviews with seated subjects. To download the images to a Mac, you need to download software from the Creative site. Once you do that, you can either bring the videos into the Mac via: 1) the Vado software for quick editing or file conversion; 2) directly to iPhoto for quick storage and playing/editing on Apple Quicktime or iMovie.

If you already have a decent quality compact point and shoot camera with a video option, the Vado probably is superfluous (and its competitors are as well). The lens is cheap and under low light the images are grainy with little color rainbow patches. Under good lighting, image quality is fine, but it won't wow you. The audio quality is passable, but hissy and doesn't give much beyond the human voice in terms of frequency range. It should be noted that the to-be-released "3rd generation" model will allow for an external mic.

If you don't have a good quality compact still camera with video, this item can be a lot of fun. The images aren't fantastic, but for Youtube they are more than decent enough. Be sure to find a way to have decent lighting before you shoot because otherwise you might end up disappointed by the degraded image. At the price I bought this thing, I consider it to be a bargain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quang D. Pham on December 16, 2009
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I have this thing for more then a week now and it's performed as expected. The Vado is a pocket cam so low light performance is a given . I took a few clips from a reasonable light room and very low light area and the lower light clips are totally unusable .The rest of the clips are nice and clear with audio sync only with my 2.8ghz computer so my laptop is useless in backup mode .I compare this cam with the Flip Mino HD and the pictures is identical ,even though the Flip is 1080P .The audio is much better then I expected since I read reviews saying the audio pick up is poor . I think the cam is reasonable price for what it is now .
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