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4.0 out of 5 stars Vado 1st Generation vs. 2nd, November 8, 2009
This review is from: Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB Pocket Video Camcorder, 2nd Generation (Black Gloss with Maroon Accents) (Electronics)
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Although many state the only difference between the 1st generation of Vado vs. this "new" 2nd generation Vado is only aesthetics (rubber feel vs. glossy finish), that is simply NOT true.

I shot with both cameras simultaneously in different situations and the way it handled the colors were consistently different between the two (see video at around 1:45 for comparison):

Vado 1st Generation footage has a more yellowish/tint lighter contrast look.
Vado 2nd Generation footage has a more red/bluish slightly more contrast look.

I think the 2nd Gen gives a slightly more natural look. However, if you already own the first Vado, is it worth the upgrade? I honestly don't think so. As far as sharpness goes, they are pretty much the same.

Some more test footage with the Vado 2nd Gen from 3:20 to 4:55 (mostly low light/night shots).

Low lighting is not great, but it's not the worst either. Despite this being 720p, I can say that this pocket size camera overall produces better image than the "full-size" HD camera Sanyo TH-1 claiming it to do 1080. The wide angle lens is definitely a plus.

- The menu is still the same.
- The silicon cover/case that comes with the 2nd Gen is much thicker than the one that came with the 1st Gen.
- There is still no option to disable the annoying start-up/shut-down sounds.
- There is no option to disable the red recording light.
- Time display is only available as 24H (no AM/PM); date display is only DATE/MONTH/YEAR (but I prefer MONTH/DATE/YEAR)
- 2x digital zoom is pretty useless.
- Will not playback on the PS3 (Vado uses their own codec; however, it does playback on Western Digital TV Live Media Player!)
- If you have the quick recording mode on (not shut off completely), it will eat up the battery quite a bit (and the unit gets pretty warm).
- Macro focus is still bad (but most pocket HD cameras are)
- The rubber(for USB) still sticks out on the bottom, which I've always disliked.

STILL REALLY BAD:
Walking while holding/fast panning still causes horrible image smearing/warping - it's the horrible poor CMOS sensor effect, if you know what I mean... makes my standard definition point-and-shoot digital camera still better in that regards. It could definitely use an image stabilizer or better sensor.

I was hoping Creative would release a 1080p or SD card support, since Kodak/competitors started releasing 1080p pocket cameras with those features, but it seems they'll try to milk the 720p Vado series as long as they can. I'm also hoping for an external mic, or for them to use a more common/flexible video codec (playback on the PS3). It would also be nice to have macro focus capability and a simple exposure lock.

Like I said in my previous review (for the 1st gen), if you expect 1080p quality from this pocket camera or plan on watching it on your 50"+ HDTV, and have unrealistic expectations, you will be disappointed. This camera is perfect to have around for capturing unexpecting moments and then sharing it on YouTube, Facebook, family, or other social networks.

Unless you want to wait an eternity (roughly 8 hours) for it fully charge, you'll want to just stick to the Fast Charge mode by pressing the "Play" button when it's charging (USB symbol) and the icon will change to a lightning bolt.

Overall, I still give a 3 1/2 stars like in my first review for the Vado 1st Generation.
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Initial post: Nov 8, 2009 9:47:39 PM PST
Thanks for putting together the comparison videos. I am glad that the 2nd generation does not come with the yellow tint which I observed on most of the youtube videos.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2009 11:51:08 PM PST
Kiyo M. says:
You're welcome. :) Thank you for the comment and viewing the video so quickly. I'm also glad to hear you notice the yellow tint as well. I tried to update the video with one more comparison, but hopefully Amazon updates it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2009 4:18:15 AM PST
85db says:
Thanks for posting the comparison. Had I not seen it, I probably would have been content with just buying the cheaper 1st gen. Could an older firmware be a possible reason for the yellowish tint?

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 4:51:30 PM PDT
Shaun Chung says:
Hi, old post, I know. Can this record for 2 hours straight (using the correct setting)? I play sports and games last slightly longer than an hour. I'd like to have it rolling the whole time. Thanks.
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