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Creative Labs Vado VF0624-RD HD Pocket Video Camcorder 3rd Generation, 120 Minutes (Red) - NEWEST MODEL (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- High definition 720P pocket video camcorder and 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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|Item Dimensions||6.3 x 7.9 x 3.3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.7 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Shipping Weight||0.75 pounds|
|Video Capture Format||h.264|
|Video Capture Resolution||720p_hd|
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 Box.net. 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.
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 Box.net 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.
|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.|
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
Rechargeable Battery Charger
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On a full charge you can record 4 hours in standard definition, 2 hours in HD, and 1 hour in HD+. It shoots in widescreen, and the videos come out beautiful, even in regular HD. In HD+, you only get half the recording time, about an hour. No kidding, this thing beats my old FlipCam 8 ways to Sunday. I did have to spring an extra 25 or so for a tripod, since the VADO is pretty slim and won't stand by itself, like the FlipCam would, but having a tripod only increases my options. Holding a camera this small in your hand for very long results in some inevitably shaky video, and most video stabilization (especially YouTube’s) degrades the image clarity.
Just used this VADO yesterday to shoot local Memorial Day festivities, and it's still bangin'! I shot in HD+, and got 58 minutes of footage, and it only used about a 5th of my battery charge. Looking over some of the negative reviews now, it strikes me as funny — When I bought this in 2013 I paid $80. Creative Labs has since discontinued the product, and if you can still find one unused, you’ll pay cloer to $200. I only wish either I had got the 8GB model, or that VADO had included a memory expansion slot, but to be fair, this camera is about the size of a credit card, and quite thin. As I said before, it won’t stand on its own like competing camcorders of that time would, and handheld for very long it results in unavoidably shaky video. Since most video stabilization software degrades the HD, you'll want a tripod. They're cheap. The biggest plus for this camcorder is the external mic jack, and I think that is why these little wonders still command such a high price these days.
I'll have to agree with others that the touch sensitive controls and the placement of them is a hassle, especially at first, but if you use the camera enough, you quickly get used to them — and if you put the camera on a desktop or floor model tripod, they aren't an issue at all. It's only when you're filming with the camera in your hand that the placement of the controls is a problem - and even at that, as I said, you quickly get used to that, and stop accidentally changing your settings while you're shooting.
Also, the screen is a very tiny 2 inches, and I need reading glasses these days to see what I'm filming, but don't let that fool you. The resulting video still looks good on my 42 inch LED TV.
Finally, a lot of people complain about the included software. I have never used it. When the VADO is plugged in to my computer's USB port, I go to the start menu, open 'Computer', and there is my VADO. Double-click that icon, and there is a folder called DCIM. Inside there is the videos I just shot. Drag them to the desktop and wait for them to copy, then delete them from the VADO, and edit them in Windows MovieMaker. No limits on how many clips you can combine to make your movie. I understand VADOs built in software limits you to three clips.
In the final analysis, I still love this little camcorder, and use it often. Not sure I’d pay the $200 some are asking for a new one in the box, but the way this one has held up for 4 years now, I’d probably pay $80 again for a used one, especially if I could get the 8GB model this time. With no expansion slot, the 4GB model is pretty restrictive. I run out of storage WAY before I run out of battery power.
The attached video is one I shot in 2013 just after I got the camera. It's shot in regular HD, using the VADO's built in microphone. Just a short minute long video, so you can get an idea of the capabilities of this camcorder.
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! Also, they added the option to choose your exposure level with this generation, which made me very happy, because the first generation definitely needed it, and so this camera works much better in lower light. Not great, mind you, but better. The added option to to take pictures instead of video was also a nice surprise, and the pictures came out pretty well as long as you could hold the camera relatively still and choose the correct exposure amount.
Overall, I was very unhappy with this camera. Mine ended up having some sort of issue, so luckily I was able to send it back and get a full refund; I would not have been happy had I been stuck with this one. I was happy with the video quality, and some of the new options were a step in the right direction, but creative definitely took a number of missteps with this camera that make it almost unusable. The biggest drawbacks of this camera were definitely the addition of touch sensitive buttons and the cameras tendency to record while in your pocket. Creative has definitely fallen behind the pocket camera market, and I do hope they step it up and come out with a camera that can compete a little better. At this point, I'm probably going to be getting the Kodak Zi8 instead.
2 stars on shipping the product in a timely manner..
The camera had video footage on it already:/
of a baby, someone foot and a person at work
so I took a star away...
The camera is dirty so I took a star away
The back of the camera body looks like it's going to pop open
and even though I love how quickly they ship the product out
they could of package it better
Also the camera is missing 20 minutes of storage
I have other complaints but that has nothing to do with the seller
I don't like the fact that you have to use a usb to charge it