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The Vado HD 3rd-Gen is a digital pocket camcorder released in December 2009 as a successor to the HD 2nd-Gen.

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Pros

cheaper than the previous generation

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available in 5 colours

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attractive quality aesthetic

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support for an external stereo microphone

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records video and still images in 720p high definition resolution

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new motion detection mode

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improved low light performance

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HDMI output (includes cable)

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Mac and PC compatible

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Still camera function added to original generation. No need to buy a separate still camera.

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A lot more features in Vado Central control panel than in the first generation.

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Fun and easy to use.

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Creative has a presence on Youtube for sample videos and tech support.

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Cons

no optical zoom

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no optical image stabilization - every hand jerk is painfully reproduced

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no support for external flash storage expansion

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relatively unchanged from the previous generation offering

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half the internal capacity of the previous generation product (4GB down from 8GB)

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Community website (myvado.com) requires a product serial number (a sticker on the external box) to register the camera or even to ask Customer Service an email question. DON'T throw out the outer box!

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Slick outer casing makes it easy to drop the camera.

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The Vado HD 3rd-Gen is a digital pocket camcorder released in December 2009 as a successor to the HD 2nd-Gen. Although most of the specifications — such as 720p video capture, a 2x digital zoom, and RCA/HDMI outputs for connecting to a composite- or HDMI-compatible television set — remain the same, Creative has guaranteed improved low/bright-light video recording with manual exposure adjustments; an enhanced motion detection mode that records as soon as any motion is detected; support for an external microphone and headphone; and the option to capture still photos. Surprisingly, the 3rd-Gen Vado does however boast a drop in storage capacity from 8GB to 4GB. Included also is Vado Central 3.0, a proprietary software that allows users to playback, edit, and take snapshots of their videos.

Features
  • Digital Pocket Camcorder
  • 720p Video Recording
  • 720p Still Capture
  • 2x Digital Zoom
  • RCA/HDMI Outputs
  • Manual Exposure Adjustments
  • Motion Detection Mode
  • External Stereo Microphone (supported)
  • External Headphone Set (supported)
  • Vado Central 3.0 Software
Specifications
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Sensor: HD CMOS (1280x720)
  • Video Resolution: HD (1280x720p); VGA (640x480)
  • Low Light Performance: Sensitivity @ 3.3V/lux-sec
  • LCD: 2” (640x240)
  • Zoom: 2x Digital Zoom
  • Capacity: 1 hour (HD+); 2 hours (HD); 4 hours (VGA)
  • Digital Format: MP4 (H.264, AAC)
  • Frame Rate: 30fps
  • Speaker/Mic: Built-In
  • TV-Out: RCA, HDMI
  • Exposure Adjustment: Auto/Manual
  • Picture Resolution: HD Still Image @ 1280x720
  • Picture Format: JPEG
  • PC Connection: USB
  • Battery Life: 2 hours
  • Compatibility(Win): Windows XP, Vista, 7
  • Compatibility(Mac): OS X 10.4+
Included Accessories
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • HDMI Cable
  • USB Extension Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
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