Vado HD 2nd Generation Camcorder
I personally recommend purchasing this camera. For only $60 you can own a camcorder to record all those precious life moments in full HD. The sound quality is about average for a medium-priced camera but as I said before the picture quality is very good. Plus this camera is super easy to use and you can watch the videos on your camcorder on a full screen HD tv just by a simple HDMI cable that is included with the camera. Better yet, charging the battery is simply a matter of plugging the camera into your USB port on your computer. I recommend this camera!
Awesome little toy :)
I can say that this little thing gives more than it looks. HD and HD+ is an awesome thing. With HD it will give you 4hrs of recording time on 4GB model and when turned to HD+ it gives you 2hrs. Clear picture (but this is not a camcorder or professional camera) with widescreen (a definite these days, who uses 4:3 :)). Comes with HDMI cable that enables you to have a hook up on HD TV set (720p). Holds charge for good amount of time (if battery is new and formed properly) and it is replaceable (an awesome thing as everything these days has integrated batteries in them and once you have used it for some time it will hold less and less charge). Did not came with tripod but you can find one here for couple of bucks and will be a good addition. Now the inside of it (software wise), when you connect VADO with your PC, first thing it will be recognized as an external drive (which is good, if you are familiar with structure of it and it is simple enough) but the software that comes with it, is of no value to me, as I have installed only the necessary codec that comes (imagine portable hard drives and the software in it, that is the layout of VADO software wise). For true video editing I use only Sony Vegas on WIN 7. But if you are not a techie you will do some good editing with provided bundle software. Vado gen 2 has a nice touch to it, little longer and wider than a pack of cigarets and it fits your pocket. The one I bought over here on eBay was around 60-70 bucks and it is good as long as it lasts good :). One small remark (not that it is "a must have") is that it has no micro SD card slot for additional storage space. Also if you have one of the digital cameras (and this is one good convenience) you are familiar with system structure where you can recognize (and automaticaly know) where your recording is. In the drive itself it has DCIM which is where all of your recordings go. Just copy/paste it onto your desktop (or external drive) for further editing. Nowadays you have lot's of free software out there that does great job for you, just google it :). I am happy as a clam :) as my girl uses it everywhere we go. Just to add that without light natural or artificial recorded video will be lousy, so take that into consideration. Overall satisfaction with this awesome little toy!!!Read full review
Fun, small, and great!
I bought the Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam HD ( 2nd Gen ) and began using it just a few days ago. It was very intuitive, didn't even need any directions to start it. I could start videoing right away! I like the battery life and that it's rechargeable pack. It feels pretty solid in my hand. Video is crisp and sound is actually loud and responsive. I didn't notice a whole lot of shake.. I'm not sure if it actually has image stabilization, but appeared to. Great product. Small, light, great video!
Best for Price by Far
I was looking for a way to record HD video for music videos without breaking the budget. At first I thought of video camcorders such as I owned in the past, and they are still around, many not so expensive, and often with better optical zoom and other features. However, this is now a very competitive option if you don't own an iPhone or new Droid. Forget zoom. 2X digital is just that. But for automatic focusing, picture sharpness and color, this is handy. The picture was pretty good in medium low light, but I think one has to provide good lighting in any case. I like the avi format for editing. An hour at HD+ is a lot of video, too. The USB interface is simple and friendly. Basically one needs to get the movie on the computer where one can use your preferred editor/s, although it comes with some software for simple stuff. I had a problem with an earlier Vado HD (1st gen), possibly software, possibly hardware, and I cannot say they are all like that, and I was attracted to some extra features on the 3rd gen, like stereo external mic input and a photo option, and if you think you are going to record stereo sound live, well, that is a better choice.Read full review
I love this pocket camcorder. It's cheap and easy to use. It feels like good quality. The down side is the volume is very low and there isnt a flash. But what can you expect for $60 bucks. Other than that it's perfect! It fits nicely in my purse. I feel like buying all my friends one for their bday's! :)