Live in HD with Vado HD! *Review & Giveaway*

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With my family living so far away, pictures and videos are a key to them being able to watch my kids grow up. This makes my family feel like they are actually able to watch their lives, even when they can’t be right here at all times. I take a lot of pictures and a lot of videos of not only my kids, but for video reviews here on Mommy Goggles.com.

I am so excited to be working with New Baby.com and with Creative Labs with the new Vado HD! I have had the pleasure of checking out the new Vado HD and I have to say that I am very impressed with it. The quality is very crisp and the Vado HD is so very easy to use.

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See it, shoot it, share it – capture life’s unforgettable moments in high-definition clarity and share them online with Creative’s Vado HD Pocket Video Cam. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and easily captures video in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. The Vado HD is the only pocket video cam to feature high quality HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable that provides true 720p output to an HDTV.

Creative Labs Vado HD 720p Pocket Video Camcorder with 8 GB Video Storage and 2x Digital Zoom (Black) $229

Technical Details

  • High definition 720P pocket video camcorder with 8 GB of video storage capacity
  • Fits easily in your pocket purse or the palm of your hand
  • One touch recording with a spacious 2 inch display
  • Record up to two hours of HD video footage or up to four hours of video at VGA resolution
  • Connect your Vado HD to any HDTV with included HDMI cable

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Record all your fun moments at an HD video resolution of up to 1280 x 720p. With the wide-angle glass lens, you can also capture wider scenes and more action in your videos. This precision-engineered glass lens produces sharper and clearer images, giving you professional-looking videos. Vado HD also has 2x digital zoom and works great in dim environments.

2 hours of recording and playback
Simply start and stop recording with the touch of a button. Record up to 2 hours of stunning HD quality video or up to 4 hours of video at VGA resolution. The large 8 GB internal memory and four recording modes give you the freedom to choose the video quality that’s best for you.

Edit movies and snap photos
Make and edit your own short movies, or capture snapshots in still and burst mode with the built-in Vado Central software.

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Connect your Vado HD to any HDTV with the included HDMI cable and enjoy your videos in full 720p HD quality.

Connect and share in an instant
Simply plug in Vado HD’s flexible USB tab and post your videos directly onto popular web sites such as YouTube, Photobucket or Box.net with the built-in Vado Central software. You can even save your great quality video clips to your computer for a lifetime of memories.

High-quality video compression
The latest H.264 video compression technology provides unprecedented video quality at ultra-efficient file sizes for the best possible viewing experience. Record up to 4 times more videos, compared to MPEG-4 encoded ones.
Large 2-inch antiglare screen
Set up the perfect shot, review clips onscreen or show them off to friends. Keep the videos you like; delete the ones you don’t.

Rechargeable for hours of fun
Enjoy 2 hours of recording and playback with the Lithium-ion battery; simply recharge via USB. Need more time? The battery is even removable so you can change out for a fresh one.

Accessorize your Vado HD
Pick up an optional accessory for your Vado HD! Choose from a Waterproof Pouch, Mesh Pouch, Spare Rechargeable Battery and a Battery Charger and get the most out of your Vado HD.

Requirements

  • Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows XP (Service Pack 2)
  • Intel Pentium III 1 GHz, AMD Athlon, or equivalent with MMX support
  • 512MB RAM
  • USB 2.0 or 1.1
  • 500MB free hard-disk space
  • Video Memory: 16MB RAM & above
  • Other Requirements: Microsoft DirectX 9.0 or higher

Package Contents

  • Vado HD Pocket Video Cam
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Extension Cable
  • Silicon Skin
  • Rechargeable Battery

Product Description
Catch the perfect snowboarding stunt, your babys first steps or your kids graduation, share it online and save it for a lifetime with Creatives Vado HD Pocket Video Cam. The thin, lightweight Vado HD is small enough to fit easily in a pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, and it captures video in 720p high-definition quality with just the touch of a button. Sharing videos online is simple with built-in software that helps you post videos to YouTube, Photobucket or Box.net. The Vado HD is the only pocket video cam to feature true HDMI connectivity and an included HDMI cable for a superior viewing experience on an HDTV . Take the Vado HD Pocket Video Cam with you everywhere you go and never miss a moment.

Here are some of my personal thoughts about the Vado HD:

Loves:

  • I LOVE how when you are in the folder where the videos are stored, you can automatically see a review thumbnail of movie on file. This is a HUGE thing for me! I have to see what the thumbnail is because this is how I organize my videos on my external hard drive. See pic comparisons below:

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  • Quality of the videos: Very clear!
  • At first, I have to admit that I did not like the USB adaptor that plugs in to your computer because it ‘seemed’ flimsy. This is not the case at all. It is very well put together and the reason for the bendable USB plug in is so that when you plug in the Vado HD (or any Vado model), the Vado can simply lay flat on the table (if using a laptop) or bend to accompany plugging in to the back, or front, of a desktop computer.
  • The LCD screen is a nice size so you can easily see what you are recording and see what you have already recorded for playback.
  • 8GB storage and holds up to 2 HOURS 😯

Not so much likey:

  • The silicon cover that comes with it. I thought it was neat at first, but when I put in my diaper bag or purse, every little crumb gets stuck to and inside the protective cover.
  • The price is a bit steep, but the 8GB of storage and quality truly do make up for that.
  • The lens on the front sticks out further than, say a Flip, does. If I were to change one thing about the Vado, it would be the thickness of this lens. Maybe make it closer in to the camera itself so that it would be easier to fit in a pocket. Definitely not complaining, just suggesting 😉

Here is a video from my Vado HD from this previous weekend. Very sharp quality!

All in all; I love the Vado HD! I would definitely pay the price for it, instead of a bulky video camera. After having the opportunity to put the Vado side by side with a camcorder, the Vado beats the quality – hands down! I think it is fascinating that something so small like a cell phone or with the thickness of a deck of cards, can have better quality than, say, a $500 video camcorder. There are no extra costs to the Vado like tapes (such as for a camcorder), so this is very nice for us consumers that are looking to purchase something. Knowing that when I purchase the Vado, there aren’t any miscellaneous cords, cables, covers, tapes or batteries that are needed or that is ‘sold separately’. Literally here is what you do: open the box, plug in to USB to charge, when charged you hit a button to record, and you hit a button to play. Walah; It is that easy!

What are the differences in the Vado and the Vado HD?
You can check out this image that has Vado and Vado HD comparisons by clicking here. You may have to click ON the image once it is open, for a larger view.

You can also check out the link directly: http://www.myvado.com/capturelife/comparison.aspx 

  • Vado HD: $229.00 (AARP)
  • Vado: $99.00 (AARP)

I am giving away one PINK Vado for one lucky reader!

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  • ONE (1) winner will receive a Pink Vado (as seen above)
  • Winner will be contacted via Email. If no response in 48 hours, another winner will be drawn

Contest will end on May 12, 2009 at midnight; central time

Comments

  1. your button is on my sidebar!

    cathy b
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    I would love to have the Vado HD Video pocket camera also!
    cathy b
    project hop e7 at gmail dot com

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