Creative unveils third-gen Vado HD mini-camcorder; selling at $179.99

Creative unveils third-gen Vado HD mini-camcorder; selling at $179.99

Summary: In case you're looking to give a camcorder for this holiday season and haven't found the right one yet, there's a new option in the mix: the new Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation) mini-camcorder.The upgraded camcorder will feature Creative's new 3.

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In case you're looking to give a camcorder for this holiday season and haven't found the right one yet, there's a new option in the mix: the new Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation) mini-camcorder.

The upgraded camcorder will feature Creative's new 3.0 software, which includes editing options and one-click upload access to YouTube and Facebook, and its compatible with both Windows and Mac OS. Creative also insists that this new model has especially improved quality of video under low-lighting conditions, at least compared to previous editions. Reviews will tell how much better it is compared to other brands. As for video power, the 3rd Gen Vado can record a max of 120 minutes of HD video or hold up to 7,000 stills.

Although, for some unknown reason, Creative has decided to step down the storage space from 8 GB on previous models to 4 GB on this one. It also lacks an expansion card slot.

Perhaps it was to bring down the price point and make it more competitive with the cheaper Flip and Kodak mini-cams. Set to sell at $179.99, the release says the 3rd-gen pocket cam is available for pre-order both on Creative's online store and Amazon, although I had difficulty finding either. And since's it states "pre-order," no word on when you will actually get it in the mail. So if you're planning on giving it for a holiday present, you might want to write and decorate a pretty "IOU" note.

Another discrepancy with the release and other reports is that Creative says the 3rd gen cam will be available in black and white, epiZENter has found an image (as seen above) with at least five glossy colors (black, white, purple, teal and red). Take your pick.

For the full press release, click here. Anyone interested in picking one of these petite camcorders up, especially if they arrive during the holiday season?

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  • IS

    What these handheld video recorders need is image stabilization. I have a Vado HD and it is tough to hold it steady and nauseating to watch if not perfectly still.
    Salonikios
  • no

    Optical stabilization is too space-consuming and complicated for a device like this. Digital stabilization wastes valuable space on the sensor chip, or requires a chip with excess resolution and thus smaller photosites and higher noise. Either way, it would reduce the already compromised picture quality.
    dgurney
  • Some bad decisions

    The Vado HD delivers decent quality, but these revisions fail to address some mistakes. The motion-detection mode is a potentially useful addition, but there's no mention of an external power jack. If you're going to go with a built-in battery (usually not a good move), an external power jack is essential.

    Cutting the memory in half? Ridiculous.

    Also, why only one frame rate of 30 FPS? If they were going to cut memory, they should have at least offered us the ability to save memory by shooting at 24 or 25 FPS. And they should also allow us to shoot at those lower frame rates but the same data rate, thereby reducing compression and yielding a better picture.

    The software additions are lame. "Direct uploading to YouTube"? Yes, because using the site's uploading feature is just too complicated. Seriously, if you're dumber than the typical YouTube user (who has managed this feat), you won't be able to operate this camera in the first place, let alone install software from it. This crapware is just there to provide bullet points in a press release, of zero practical value to users.

    Here's something that would have practical value: a continuous recording mode, where the camera would continuously record five-minute segments and then overwrite the oldest one when the memory was full. This would let you capture unexpected events, because you'd always have (at least) the last 55 minutes.

    Come on, Creative.
    dgurney
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