Today I finally received my VadoHD camera on the mail, I have been looking for a while checking out the different HD pocket cameras on the market, reading reviews and comparing features, After some reading and asking many VadoHD users about its performance and quality I decided to go with this Creative’s product and I hope it lives up to its hype.
So far the camera has performed great for me, I would not call the video quality amazing but it’s definitely great for a camera this size and with this price point, If you want professional video quality then you really need to spend some more serious bucks ’cause this won’t cut it for you, but if you are like me, someone just looking for a way to capture those special little moments that come out of the blue every now and then then this is the camera for you.
It has 3 recording modes to record in SD, HD and HD+ the last one being the best quality of them three, additionally it has options for anti-flicker and it lets you select the type of TV system you want such as PAL/NTSC, it also has options to decide which language you want the menus to appear, you can also select options such as Time/Date and Instant Record capabilities, when turn on Instant Record puts the camera in a standby mode where it wakes up instantly when you press any button.
The camera also comes with an HDMI output (cable included) which allows you to connect it directly to any HDTV in the house and watch your videos directly from the camera in full HD from the source, and it has a nice rugged cover to protect it, the only thing I don’t like about the cover is that it is white and the camera is black so it doesn’t look too good when you put it around the camera.
Editing and creating small home movies is very easy with the included Vado Central software that comes included with the camera, it does have a limitation though where it only allows you to put together 3 videos as part of the movie, if you want to add more than 3 you are required to buy the pro version of the application for under $20 bucks which is not a bad deal in my opinion, Vado Central also allows you add music and pictures as part of your videos.
If your computer has an HDMI port then you can also use this camera as a webcam; of course don’t expect to be streaming HD videos using Windows Live Messenger or Yahoo messenger, these applications have built in limitations on the quality of the video you can stream, nevertheless another nice thing you can do with this device.
Keep in mind YouTube takes out at least 20 percent of the original video quality so this is by no means the actual quality of the videos you get with this camera, but at least you can have an idea, so here’s a short demo movie I made with my VadoHD: