4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Perfect camera for its size and price!,
This review is from: Creative Vado HD 8GB High Definition Pocket Camcorder with 2" LCD and integral HDMI Cable (Electronics)
I bought this 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.
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!