Reviews and Problems with Creative Vado HD 1st and 2nd Generation
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Creative Vado Pocket video cam
diatomics, REVIEW STREAM
4 days ago
Excerpt: I have a changed opinion for Creative products nowadays. They seem to come in all sorts of colors. Most importantly, they’re actually loaded with optional accessories. I was quite surprised that their colors looked pretty standard in my point of view, blue,pink,black,white,etc. They seem to make most products (especially their mp3 players) look the same. The Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam is not an exception though.
Decent SD video quality and convienent;Poor quality construction
8 January 2013
Summary: The camera will not power off at all until I take the battery out. This unit lasted roughly 2years before having that problem.Creative Labs product have given me problems in the past.I had a speaker system that hissed and pop and then failed all within 2months.
Summary: Small, easy to use as a camcorder, easy to manage when plugged into PC (Windows 7). Video quality is OK if you have good lighting. Indoor and dark videos will look terrible. HD and HD+ videos seem about the same quality but I imaging the HD+ option uses a higher bit-rate. Overall not a bad little toy for $50. Not for someone looking for a good HD camcorder, this is a novelty item at best.
Summary: I first want to say picture and sound are very nice. Very easy to use. However, I just took it on a vacation and the battery indicator said it had about 25% battery life left when the thing crapped out. When I got home I plugged it in my computer usb port to recharge it and it works fine since it is recharged. I missed out recording some really nice scenes due to poor battery performance.
Summary: It's small light and easy to use, woopty doo. But if you have a smart phone that will make videos, it would be stupid to carry this thing along with you too. And the video isn't really all that nice. There were two generations of this released in like the same week, so you could get either as they are identical. The old one makes everything look orange and the new one makes everything look blue and people look pale.
Summary: Based on all of the positive reviews and the price, I decided to try this camera sight-unseen. It is a nice looking device and appears to be easy to use. However, the first one I bought showed a full battery but wouldn't turn on. Had to buy another one and had the same problem! After much research(and a lot of time) I was able to find the phone number to Creative and got absolutely NO help from him whatsoever. His advice - send it back.
Love it except you need proprietary AV cables from creative
30 October 2010
Summary: Really good unit. awesome vid quality. Even sports look smooth in HD. Neg: connected to tv with my av cables and only distorted sound came out. contacted creative support and they explained the only cables that will work is their av cables. boo!
Summary: I have found the video quality of this camcorder to be consistent with its price, which in the end isn't too shocking. What surprised me is that the video quality, even on the highest HD quality setting, is still far below the HD quality of my Kodak camera which is not even a dedicated video camera like the Creative. My Kodak camera is a digital still camera which also records in 720P.
Summary: I've had the Creative Vado HD now for a couple months and have used it a couple times. I was looking for something with pretty decent quality for a cheap price, and it definitely lives up to that. But be warned, Creative is probably the only company who decided to make things more difficult for you if you use a mac.
Summary: This is a nice little camcorder. Its very easy to use and controls are intuitive. Unfortunately, it doesn't zoom in as close as would have liked it too. Its not bad in low light, but I wasn't really expecting it to be great. Picture quality is good but its probably best when its on a tripod (it picks up vibration when moving with it in hand). Overall its a great little camcorder for the price.