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Creative Labs Vado HD 4GB Pocket Video Camcorder 2nd Generation (Black Gloss)
- 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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|Item Dimensions||5.8 x 3.2 x 3.6 inches|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
From the Manufacturer
Take high-definition video anywhere with just a push of a button.(White version shown.) View larger.
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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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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. 126.96.36.199
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read plenty of reviews and threads talking about this being a great camera when it actually turns on (go figure:)) When I first bought it I had low expectations due to... Read morePublished on April 9, 2013 by jonnyrivers7
I purchased the VADO HD a while ago and still use it to this day. It might not the most up-to-date mini video recorder out there but it has some nice features. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by JMB
We still have this camcorder and have used it many, many times for various occasions. This little camcorder is so easy to use and we have recorded so many wonderful memories with... Read morePublished on August 20, 2012 by hulamommy
Small, easy to use as a camcorder, easy to manage when plugged into PC (Windows 7). Video quality is OK if you have good lighting. Indoor and dark videos will look terrible. Read morePublished on December 29, 2011 by marioval
I have had one of these for awhile now and have beat the hell out of it. It worked well enough to make 47 part video series on the building of the large 6 foot model of the Star... Read morePublished on December 8, 2011 by SteveNeill
After getting my first unit I had to return it to Creative because it would no longer power on. It took them 7 1/2 months to send me a new one! Read morePublished on March 4, 2011 by GP
I ordered a VADO pocket video cam from Amazon. When I got it I the latch for removing the battery cover was locked solid. Wouldn't budge. Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by TJW
Based on all of the positive reviews and the price, I decided to try this camera sight-unseen. It is a nice looking device and appears to be easy to use. Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by LOL