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Creative Vado HD (3rd Gen)

We have collected and analysed 127 expert reviews and 2231 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 73/100 and users rate it 79/100. The average review date is 03-02-2010. We have compared these reviews to 369483 reviews from other Camcorders. The alaScore™ for this product is 91/100 = Excellent. Last update: 17-12-2018.

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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. Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and size. The portability and price also get good reviews, whereas there are some less positive views 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

Dec, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1544 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. People really like the image quality and price. The portability and design are also appreciated, but there are some critical reviews 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

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Creative Vado HD

 

Creative's pocket-sized Vado can now shoot in 720p HD.

As before, the lens is fixed, but this time it sticks out of the device a little more, which hinders pocket friendliness slightly. There is no optical zoom available, just a 2x digital one. So the image does get a little more blurry when zoomed,...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by : James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam

 

Creative's Vado Pocket Video Cam is slim, keenly priced, and has a unique trick up its sleeve.

The video is compressed fairly aggressively down to 4Mbits/sec in HQ mode, and 2Mbits/sec in SP mode. Audio is also only recorded at 14kHz with 4-bit sampling and a 56Kbits/sec data rate. But the Vado has a healthy 2GB of flash memory on board. At the...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado HD 3rd gen camcorder

 

The Creative Vado has offered a viable alternative to the Flip line-up of pocket camcorders since they first started hitting the shelves a few years back. We have here the third generation device, the Creative Vado HD, taking the same name as its...

External mic option, compact, HDMI cable included, noisy low light performance

Video quality not fantastic, design not that exciting, no macro mode

Creative at launch claimed that "The design looks so cool people will stop you on the street and ask you where you got it". They obviously haven't seen the new metal-bodied Flip Mino HD, which beats this hands down in the looks department.

Mar, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Creative Vado HD review

 

Creative's pocket camcorder gets an HD overhaul plus an expanded 8GB memory. Is it the perfect YouTube camcorder?

The best pocket camcorder for shooting action scenes – but otherwise the video disappoints

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Creative's pocket camcorder gets an HD overhaul plus an expanded 8GB memory. Is it the perfect YouTube camcorder?

The best pocket camcorder for shooting action scenes – but otherwise the video disappoints

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado HD camcorder

 

The pocket camcorder revolution is continuing apace, with Creative now putting forward this offering, the Vado HD. But is it worth jumping on the HD bandwagon with a device this small? The on-board software is simple to use giving you playback options...

Video quality, HDMI connection, easy to use, on-board software link to YouTube

No AV cable supplied, a little pricy

The on-board software is simple to use giving you playback options and letting you do some basic editing after the installation of an additional plugin. You don't have to use the software, you can just open up the folder and extract the AVI files that...

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : Chris Hall (pocket-lint.com)

Creative Vado camcorder

 

Sporting the moniker "Pocket Video Cam", Creative are lining up against Flip Video in the battle to be the video in your pocket. But can the new Vado knock the Flip from its perch? We get filming to find out. The software supporting the Vado does not...

Screen size, option to step down quality to increase memory usage, li-ion battery, simple

Software almost pointless, won’t stand-up on its own, no lens cover, no TV connection supplied

The software supporting the Vado does not compare to the offering from Flip and practically serves no purpose for those on their home computer; granted, those in internet cafes or on the move might depend on those sharing options (although we could not...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by : Dave James (techradar.com)

Creative Vado HD 3rd Gen review

 

New pocket video cam improves on previous versions

Good quality video ; Stills capture ; Lovely build ; Removable battery

LCD screen could be better

Apr, 2010

Expert review by : James Rivington (techradar.com)

Creative Vado HD review

 

The pocket camcorder that puts HD video recording at your fingertips

It's portable ; It's easy to use ; It's quick and responsive

Very expensive ; Frame rate could be better

If the Vado HD was cheaper we'd be able to see the merits in buying it, but at £200 it's a big no-no

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : James Rivington (techradar.com)

Creative Vado review

 

The point-and-shoot video camera that actually delivers more than it promises

Sharp picture ; Large LCD viewscreen ; Small and compact

Tacky appearance

A fantastic little gadget

Jun, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

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

Design

Built-In Microphone: Yes
Colour 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:5.08
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
Colour : 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:5.08
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 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 formats supported:AVI, H.264

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.58 / 1.6
Height :10 / 5.76 / 9.88
Weight:100 / 84 / 93
Width:5.5 / 5.76 / 9.88