Reviews and Problems with Creative Vado HD 1st and 2nd Generation
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cheap, ugly but functional
Jeffrey Layne Bruton, Amazon
13 December 2011
Summary: $37, most basic camera available. seems a 'decent' build although on the 'disposable' side. no features - just point and shoot. Charges via USB cable. very poor audio quality.too large for 'covert' use however, because of size, fits well in hand. no motion detection.
Summary: Only item included was the camcorder and a battery. Missing was: USB Extension Cable, HDMI Cable, and Silicon Skin. What a bummer! Yeah you have to hang the camcorder from the computer everytime you download or charge. I can see the USB breaking off the camcorder over many uses. Knocking it off the computer is also an accident waiting to happen. It should have been noted in the item discription that those items were not included.
Summary: After seeing this on HSN and then reading the reviews, I purchased this. I got it two days later and was so excited... until I tried it. It did take nice looking video, but the audio was not matching with the video. Maybe this was my fault, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it & the setting were difficult for me to adjust. I was looking for fool-proof. I sent this right back. After further research, I am going to order the FLIP.
Summary: Received my Vado HD. Plugged it in to charge and sync with the computer. All appeared to work fine. I was able to take video, although originally it turned itself off after 1 minute of video (this is apparently a feature of the camera...sometimes frustrating feature). After less than a month it would turn off after only 30 seconds of video which became really annoying. Also, the USB link does not always get recognized..
Summary: Buying a Vado HD camcorder is equivalent to buying a great car that has no wheels. While the camera itself serves its purpose well, the extremely poor software that comes with it is deplorable.The included software, called Vado Central, does allow you to watch your videos on your computer screen but that's all. Its editing and sharing capability is useless.
Summary: I paid $199.99 for the unit, hoping that it would be a useful combination for project photos and site inspections. It is impossible to take shots outside without a lot of camera shake. The screen is impossible to read in direct sunlight so one does not know when it is recording or not. Quality of video is not much better than my Nokia e71 cell phone. Finally this new version is exactly the same as the previous one, but some $50 more expensive.
Summary: After two weeks the device was no longer detected by my computer or any other computer I plugged it into. The device comes with no CD and the built-in drivers are supposed to install automatically when you plug it in. BEWARE OF CREATIVE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!!! It really is awful. Since there is no phone number listed on their site for tech support, I had to resort to an endless stream of unhelpful back-and-forth emails.
Summary: The device does not have a stabilizer control so the picture quality degrades significantly when the camcorder is moving. You have to have a very steady hands to make the video watchable. Also, moving objects tend to be disfigured. The quality under low light is horrible. I don't previously own a device at this price and spec level so I don't have something to compare against. If you have a tripod, I do recommend to use it. Also, shooting under day light is preferable.
Summary: If you want to shoot video, perform no editing, and just upload clips to Internet, then you'll be happy with the Vado HD. The lens is wide, and video is crisp for a pocket camera. If you want to do even the slightest bit of editing, which the majority of us do, then get ready to be frustrated as you pour over message board treads trying to get the clips to import into anything except the terrible Vado Central s/w.