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Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2360 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 design and portability are also mentioned favorably, but opinions are divided on the viewfinder. There are some less positive opinions about the connectivity and zoom.

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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 (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 502 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 also get good feedback, but some have doubts 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

Oct, 2018

Consumer review (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 feedback, whereas some have doubts 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

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Nick Mokey (digitaltrends.com)

Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation) Review

 

A handful of updates make Creative's fresh 720p shooter a better value, but image quality still largely lags behind leaders like Kodak and Flip.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Creative Vado HD (Third Generation)

 

Excellent low-light performance ; Earbuds can function as external mic ; Exposure controls ; Wide-angle lens

No removable storage

The third-generation Vado HD has the widest-angle lens of any HD pocket camcorder, as well as exposure controls, great low-light video quality, and a sub-$200 price.

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Brian Heater (pcmag.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam HD 3rd Gen

 

Creative's latest Vado HD makes some improvements over its predecessor, but not enough to make it stand out in the increasingly crowded pocket camcorder pack.

Compact body. Good low light performance. Headphone output/mic input jack. HDMI cable included.

Limited 4GB memory and no SD slot for expansion. 2x digital zoom. No 1080p support. Poor-quality still image capture.

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Feb, 2010

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Creative Labs Vado HD 3rd Gen review: Creative Labs Vado HD 3rd Gen

 

Creative Labs Vado HD 3rd Gen

Compact stylish design; 2-inch LCD; responsive buttons; easy to use; charges through USB port; HDMI output; compatible with both OS X and Windows; supports optional external mic.

Software will only run if the device is attached; no SD card slot; no bundled carrying case.

Though the Creative Vado HD 3rd Gen doesn't do quite enough to distinguish itself from the competition, it does offer some nice improvements over earlier Vado HD models that keep it relevant in the pocket camcorder space.

Jan, 2010

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Brian Heater (pcmag.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Camera HD

 

Pure Digital may have pioneered the YouTube camcorder space with the launch of the original Flip, but that device was trumped in a number of ways when Creative first released the Vado. Creative's videocam had a sleeker body, a larger screen, and a...

Records high-quality HD video. Big, bright screen. Removable, rechargeable battery. 8GB of memory. HDMI-out. HDMI cable bundled

Only 2X digital zoom. Memory isn't expandable

Creative follows in Kodak's and Pure Digital's footsteps with its own HD pocket camcorder. The camera has all the charm of the original Vado and enough new features to make it best in show.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Nick Mediati (pcworld.com)

Creative Labs Vado HD (Second Generation)

 

The newest addition to the ever-expanding mini-camcorder market is the Creative Labs Vado HD, a $230 pocket camcorder that can record 720p high-definition video. While it isn't quite as compact as Pure Digital's Flip Mino HD and won't win any awards...

Wide-angle lens ; Top-notch video for a pocket camcorder

Microphone a bit weak ; Struggles in low light

Creative's high-definition pocket camcorder impresses with its features and performance.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder with 8 GB Video Storage (Black) review: Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder with 8 GB

 

Editor's note: Because of changes in the competitive landscape since the Creative Vado was reviewed, we revised the design rating down from a 9 to a 7 and the features rating from an 8 to a 7, resulting in a drop in the overall rating from 8.0 to 7.0.

Solid 720p video; ultraslim design; removable, rechargeable battery; easy to use; one-touch video uploading to YouTube and Photobucket; includes mini HDMI connector and bundled cable for outputting 1080i video to an HDTV.

No flash-memory slot; Mac users have to manually copy video files to their computers; white balance is slightly off and colors are a bit amped.

The Creative Vado HD may fall slightly short of the Flip Video Mino HD in terms of video quality, but it's stronger feature set may tempt you.

Dec, 2008

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam

 

In name recognition and sales, Pure Digital's Flip Video devices are as dominant in the YouTube-friendly pocket-camcorder world as the iPod is among audio players. But on paper, Creative's Vado Pocket Video Cam trumps the Flip models on several counts:...

Quick and easy uploads to YouTube ; Tiny, easy to use, and fairly feature-packed

Plastic build doesn't feel very durable ; Mediocre video quality

Video quality is disappointing, but this pocket camcorder is cheaper than any Flip.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Brian Heater (pcmag.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam

 

Sleek and slim design. Low price. Large screen. Rechargeable battery. Easy-to-use software.

Poor uploaded video quality. Subpar mic.

Creative's Vado improves on its prototype, the Flip Ultra mini camcorder, in a number of ways, including design and price, but its choppy video quality may be too much to overlook.

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Creative Vado review: Creative Vado

 

Creative Vado

Ultraslim design; removable, rechargeable battery; easy to use; relatively inexpensive; one-touch video uploading to YouTube and Photobucket.

Included desktop software is almost featureless; no SD/MMC expansion slot; Mac users have to manually copy video files to their computers.

While its video quality doesn't quite measure up to some of its competitors, there are enough pluses to make the Creative Vado Pocket Cam a worthy contender in the mini camcorder market.

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

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

Design

Built-in Microphone: Yes
Color of product:Black / Blue / Purple / Red / Silver
Interface:USB / USB 2.0
Sensor Type:CMOS
Tripod mountable: Yes
Tripod mounting supported:Y

Display

Display:LCD
Display Diagonal:2
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
Color: 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:2
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 compression format:AVI
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 compression format:AVI, H.264
Video formats supported:AVI,H.264

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.622 / 0.63
Height:2.27 / 3.89 / 3.94
Weight:2.96 / 3.28 / 3.53
Width:2.17 / 2.27 / 3.89