Review: Creative Vado HD (1st Generation)

Creative released the first Vado in the fourth quarter of 2008.  Nearly two years old, this pocket cam is still a great contender especially where it matters — portability and ease of use.

Likes

  • Small form factor:  almost half the thickness of Flip’s UltraHD
    Size comparison against some popular pocket cams:
MinoHD UltraHD Vado HD
Dimensions (WxHxD) 1.97″x3.94″x0.66″ 2.19″x4.25″x1.17″ 2.17”x3.94”x0.63”
  • Packaged with a mini-HDMI cable for quick playback on your HDTV
  • Matte black finish:  hard to find on a lot of gadgets
  • Flexible USB connector with an included extension cable

Dislikes

  • AVI format:  maybe I’m just biased because of the prevalent MP4 format seen online

Specifications

Weight: 100g (with battery)
Dimension (H x W x D): 100mm x 55mm x 16mm
Sensor: HD CMOS (1280 x 720)
Video quality (pixels): 1280 x 720
Low light performance: Extremely high sensitivity at 3.3V/lux-sec
LCD: 2″ diagonal, 16 million colors
Screen resolution (pixels): 640 x 240
Zoom: 2x Digital Zoom
Digital video format: H.264 AVI at 30 frames per second
Speaker and microphone: Built-in
Software: Built-in
TV out: HDMI or RCA
Tripod mount: Yes
Power saver: Yes
Delete all, Play all: Yes
Set Date/Time: Yes
Set frequency: Yes (50Hz or 60Hz)
PC connection: Built-in flexi USB connector
Battery life 2 : 2 hours
Online sharing: YouTube™, Photobucket™, Box.net

The memory capacity is 8GB which gives you up to 8 hours to record depending on the video quality (HD+, HD, and VGA).

Update (25 November 2013):

New photos added

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