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Perfect camera for its size and price!,
This review is from: Creative Vado HD 4GB High Definition Pocket Camcorder with 2 inch LCD and HDMI Cable - 3rd Generation - Black (Electronics)
I bought the 2nd gen model a couple of months ago and after shooting dozens of videos I can say for sure that this is a spectacular little camera. It shoots well in all kinds of situations as long as it's not too dark. The colour and sound quality are amazing, especially for a camera this size. This is way better than a Sony MiniDV camera I bought a few years ago.
Its small size - actually, its micro size - makes this a wonderful gadget. It is a small as a small mobile phone and you can have it ready in 2 seconds. It's also non-obtrusive so you may use it in plenty of situations where a large camera would be frowned upon, such as a concert or a museum.
Of course, you can't expect the best image and sound quality on the market from a thing of this size and price: this is a very simple camera, without all the nice things that come with the bigger ones: no optical zoom, hardly any options, no video effects (then again, you can later edit them on a computer) and a very short battery life. In two words: no frills.
Battery life is typically under 2 hours. However, unlike other cameras in the market, you may buy an extra battery and replace the main one in case it runs out. Unfortunately, I found that, at least in my camera, the back cover isn't very easy to put back so I only use one battery.
I don't use the software that comes with it as the camera will set itself up as a USB drive and you can get the videos directly. However, you may be able to the software to carry out basic edit functions as well as upload videos to YouTube, etc.
There isn't much difference between this camera (third generation) and the second generation. It's basically a few aesthetic touches here and there (meaning that the surface is now shinier and the units is a bit larger than before), soft touch buttons and takes photos - though at a measly 1280x720 resolution you won't be very satisfied with it I'm sure.
I also found that 8GB, or about two hours of video, is just right for my needs. 4GB would probably be too little though.
In the end, if you are looking for a video camera, you have to ask yourself what really matters to you. If you are looking for a camera that you may use for extensive periods without being able to charge it or one that has all the possible video effects and options, this definitely isn't for you. However, if what you are looking for is a very small camera that is always ready to shoot, is simple to use and very very cheap, go no further!
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2010 13:28:15 BDT
Supposedly the 3rd generation uses .mp4 file container whereas the 2nd generation uses .avi. Can you confirm?
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Sep 2010 10:19:48 BDT
Gadget Fan says:
Hi there, the 3rd gen does indeed use the mp4 container. The more I've used this little gem the more I like it, and although on paper it looks very similar to the 2nd gen, the pic quality is much improved (unless my previous one was a duff)
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