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Creative Labs Vado HD 8 GB Pocket Video Camcorder, 2nd Generation (Black Gloss with Maroon Accents) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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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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|Item Dimensions||6.3 x 7.9 x 3.3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Media Format Digital Video||HDD|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||0.9 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
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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.
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. View larger.
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.|
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However, the original, new battery that came with Vado only worked for 3 months. Contacted Mfr Creative Labs who 1. told me to try to exchange it thru Amazon; 2. told me I'd need to return the entire Vado but eventually allowed just the defective battery to be returned after numerous emails from me; 3. approved return of defective battery under 1-yr limited warranty but then sent me a refurbished battery as a replacement. On VGA setting, the refurbished battery only held enough charge for about 1 hr, 45 minutes, then died. Needed to persist to replace defective original battery; didn't have time to pursue replacement of the defective replacement!
The Vado worked for about a year. After indicating that the battery was fully charged, upon immediate use, the battery indicator would sometimes drop 50% suddenly, then the Vado would shut off a few minutes later in the middle of taping. Quite unreliable & disappointing so we stopped using it. Tried to recharge batteries and use the Vado a few months ago. One battery couldn't be recharged. The other would only last about 5-10 minutes although it indicated it was fully charged. Of course, now past 1-yr warranty so no replacement.
I looked into purchasing new batteries so I could use the Vado again (optimistic). Creative Labs doesn't even sell the batteries on their website anymore. Found the Creative Labs battery available on Amazon thru a Seller Store, but Batteries are in the Non-returnable category so if you receive a battery that's dead-on-arrival, you're unlucky.
I noticed the mfr's website didn't list the Vado for sale any longer & sent them an email asking if the product line had been discontinued. They replied that they "currently don't have the further information on whether Vado series will be discontinued."
Bottom line: I really wanted the Vado to be great: it wasn't. The Vado and its necessary batteries have been horribly unreliable, and Creative Labs' Customer Service has been extremely poor. I doubt I will ever buy any Creative Labs products again.
Apologies for my babbling. As for THIS camera, 2nd gen ($50), I inserted the battery and promptly charged, for about 4 hours. I pushed the power button, and nothing happened, the camera would not turn on. I decided plug in and charge again for a few more hours. The screen did turn on, and "showed" me that it was indeed charging. I pushed the power button again, and nothing happened, the camera would again not turn on.
Promptly boxed back up and returned.
I had been very happy with my 1st Gen Vado despite the lackluster zoom, and it's a shame that so many have problems with the 2nd gen. The size was perfect, fit nicely in my Vivitar clamshell case, and is kept in my purse. I'll miss the 1st gen when it goes :(
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