Summary: As with the original Creative Vado, we feel that the $229 Vado HD bests its competitors in many categories--slimness, internal storage, and the inclusion of both an HDMI port and cable. Our 720p video showed an impressive amount of detail, however, the footage was dimmer than that of clips we took with cheaper, competing models; the sound was also weaker and less reliable.
The Creative Vado HD pocket video camera's slim rectangular design very closely resembles an Apple iPod
Good Gear Guide.au
9 June 2009
Summary: We really liked the Creative Vado HD camcorder’s design, especially the tactile silicon rubber body armour that prevents butterfingers. We were also pleased to find an HDMI output for which the associated cable is supplied, and the option to shoot in standard as well as high definition.
Pros: 8GB of storage, HDMI output
Cons: A/V cable is an optional extra, screen could be brighter
Excerpt: Creative's Vado HD is another pocket camcorder, like Flip's Mino HD and Kodak's Zi6. It's a little larger than the Mino HD, but smaller than the Zi6. The 22mm depth includes its small protruding lens; excluding the lens, it's a slender 16mm. The dark grey plastic casing has a slightly rubberised finish. This makes it easy to grip, and it also resists greasy fingerprints. It comes with a translucent rubber case, giving extra protection against knocks and scratches.
Excerpt: Creative flips Mino the bird with this HD-shooting, HDMI-outputting, battery-swapping, software-packing 8GB Flash memory camcorder . But how does it compare with the big boys?
Pros: The not-so-daft Vado is in the same league as Flip’s Mino HD. It isn’t quite a clone war: the Vado HD boasts twice the storage (8GB), a larger (two-inch) screen, removable battery and custom HDMI connector for instant plasma screen playback. The Vado also lets you watch or copy its pin-sharp clips on your PC via USB, rather than booting up the built-in software, making it easier than unhooking a bra to use. It’s solid too. The rubbery case comes with a silicone skin f...
Cons: Okay, so we’ve established that it’s HD, but it’s not exactly what we’d imagine hotshot directors would use – its colours are wobbly, motion’s juddery and audio is faint. Also there’s no video light, autofocus or zoom lens. But that’s to be expected for a budget camera. Although, with a price like that, calling this budget seems like a bit of a misnomer.