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Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2353 reviews of Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen). The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the image quality and price. The portability and design are also mentioned favorably, whereas the connectivity and zoom get negative comments. There are some mixed comments about the viewfinder.

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reliability, zoom, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 506 user reviews of Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People really like the image quality and size. The portability and price are also appreciated. Many are less positive about the viewfinder and reliability.

usability, price, portability, size, image quality

zoom, reliability, viewfinder

83% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Creative Vado HD 8GB High Definition Pocket Camcorder with 2" LCD and HDMI CableCreative Vado HD 8GB High Definition Pocket Camcorder with 2" LCD and HDMI Cable

Dec, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1537 user reviews of Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and price. The portability and design also get good views, whereas there are some less positive comments about the connectivity and zoom.

usability, design, portability, price, image quality

reliability, zoom, connectivity

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder with 8 GB Video Storage and 2x Digital Zoom (Black) OLD MODELCreative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder with 8 GB Video Storage and 2x Digital Zoom (Black) OLD MODEL

Dec, 2016

Expert review by: Dave James (techradar.com)

Creative Vado HD 3rd Gen review

 

New pocket video cam improves on previous versions

Good quality video ; Stills capture ; Lovely build ; Removable battery

LCD screen could be better

Apr, 2010

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado HD 3rd gen camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

A few tweaks have been made, but the new Creative Vado HD doesn't really advance the pocket camcorder world by any great measure

External mic option, compact, HDMI cable included, noisy low light performance

Video quality not fantastic, design not that exciting, no macro mode

Creative at launch claimed that "The design looks so cool people will stop you on the street and ask you where you got it". They obviously haven't seen the new metal-bodied Flip Mino HD, which beats this hands down in the looks department.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: James Rivington (techradar.com)

Creative Vado HD review

 

The pocket camcorder that puts HD video recording at your fingertips

It's portable ; It's easy to use ; It's quick and responsive

Very expensive ; Frame rate could be better

If the Vado HD was cheaper we'd be able to see the merits in buying it, but at £200 it's a big no-no

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado HD camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

The price is a little too high for us, but otherwise, an impressive array of features producing respectable results

Video quality, HDMI connection, easy to use, on-board software link to YouTube

No AV cable supplied, a little pricy

The on-board software is simple to use giving you playback options and letting you do some basic editing after the installation of an additional plugin. You don't have to use the software, you can just open up the folder and extract the AVI files that...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: James Rivington (techradar.com)

Creative Vado review

 

The point-and-shoot video camera that actually delivers more than it promises

Sharp picture ; Large LCD viewscreen ; Small and compact

Tacky appearance

A fantastic little gadget

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

Screen size, option to step down quality to increase memory usage, li-ion battery, simple

Software almost pointless, won’t stand-up on its own, no lens cover, no TV connection supplied

The software supporting the Vado does not compare to the offering from Flip and practically serves no purpose for those on their home computer; granted, those in internet cafes or on the move might depend on those sharing options (although we could not...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Creative Vado HD

 

Creative's pocket-sized Vado can now shoot in 720p HD.

As before, the lens is fixed, but this time it sticks out of the device a little more, which hinders pocket friendliness slightly. There is no optical zoom available, just a 2x digital one. So the image does get a little more blurry when zoomed,...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam

 

Creative's Vado Pocket Video Cam is slim, keenly priced, and has a unique trick up its sleeve.

The video is compressed fairly aggressively down to 4Mbits/sec in HQ mode, and 2Mbits/sec in SP mode. Audio is also only recorded at 14kHz with 4-bit sampling and a 56Kbits/sec data rate. But the Vado has a healthy 2GB of flash memory on board. At the...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

Creative Vado HD 3rd generation review

 

As with the Kodak Zx3, you can do more than simply pressing record and hoping for the best. In-camera settings allow you to adjust the exposure and to place the Vado in motion-detection mode so recording starts when movement occurs in front of the lens.

If you don’t intend to put your camcorder through rigorous extremes, the Creative Vado HD is probably the candybar camcorder to choose. In particular, we loved its exposure control settings, wide-angle lens and ability to cope low-light levels.

May, 2010

Expert review by: (expertreviews.co.uk)

Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen) review

 

After a minor update to the original Vado HD mini camcorder, Creative has now released this entirely revamped 3rd Gen edition. It's tiny, even by mini camcorder standards, measuring only 99x58x16mm and weighing just 93g – both smaller and lighter than...

The latest Vado is a mixed bag, with good video quality but aggravating touch sensitive controls.

Mar, 2010

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes

Battery

Battery life (max):2 / 8
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Video recording time:4

Design

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Colour of product:Black / Blue / Purple / Red / Silver
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Sensor Type:CMOS
Tripod mountable: Yes

Display

Display:LCD
Display diagonal:5.08
Display Resolution:1280 x 720 / 640 x 240

Image sensor

Optical sensor resolution:1280
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:0.3 / 0.921

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2
Optical Zoom:1

Other features

Battery life (max):130 / 2
Colour : Yes
Compatible operating systems:Microsoft Windows 7/Vista/XP\nApple Mac OS X 10.4+ / Microsoft Windows 7\nWindows Vista\nWindows XP (SP2)\nApple Mac OS X 10.4 / Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2,\nMac OS X version 10.4.11 / Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2. Mac OS X version 10.4.11+ / Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2\n / Microsoft Windows Vista/XP(SP2) / Microsoft Windows Vista/XP(SP2)\nMac OS X 10.4.11 / Windows Vista/XP SP2\nMac 10.4.11+ / Windows Vista/XP(SP2)\nMac OS X 10.4.11
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:5.08
Flash memory:2048 / 8192
Frequency range:50 - 60
I/O ports:RCA / USB
Internal Memory:2000 / 2048 / 4096 / 8000 / 8192
Mac compatibility: Yes
Minimum processor:Intel Pentium 4 / Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz / Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHZ+ / Intel Pentium 4 2.0GHz / Intel Pentium 4 2.8GHz / Intel Pentium 4, 2.8GHZ / Pentium4 2.0 GHZ
Minimum RAM:512
Minimum system requirements:USB
Sensor Resolution:640 / 640x 240
USB powered: Yes
USB required: Yes
Video Out:AV

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Pre-loaded Vado Central 3.0

Packaging Data

Bundled software:Y

Performance

Digital Zoom:2
Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
Video formats supported:AVI
Zoom capability: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video Out:1
HDMI: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Still image resolution(s):1280 x 720

Storage

Camcorder tape type:HDV

Video

Maximum frame rate:30
Maximum Video Resolution:1280 x 720 / 640 x 480
Video formats supported:AVI, H.264

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.58 / 1.6
Height :10 / 5.76 / 9.88
Weight:100 / 84 / 93
Width:5.5 / 5.76 / 9.88