The Creative Vado marks Creative's entry into the straight-to-web pocket camcorder market. Some of you might recall Creative's previous attempt with digital camcorder (DiViCam for example) which wasn't very successful. Although the DiViCam could do many things, it excelled at none. Thankfully, Creative made sure it doesn't make the same mistakes again with the Vado
See it, Shoot it, Share it - The sleek Creative Vado comes in two colors - pink and silver. It has a 2" LCD screen, 2GB of inbuilt memory (no SD slot) and a removable battery. It retails at the price of SGD$169 (or USD$99.99 or £79). It has a 2" LCD screen that has a resolution of 640 x 240 (pixels). It measures 3.9" x 2.2" x 0.6" (100 mm x 55 mm x 16 mm) and weights 84grams with battery. The package comes with the Vado, a rechargeable battery and a quick start guide.
The Accessories - The Creative Vado comes with no additional accessories unlike the Flip. Avaliable separately, you have a spare rechargeable battery, AV cable, Charger and Travel Pouch which comes in 3 different colors. The spare battery won't come into much use if you have already filled up your camera's recording capacity and the charger is rather costly (SGD$45) when you could easily use a charger that has a USB outlet to charge the Vado. The AV cable that came with my ZEN Vision W works perfectly with the Vado and I think my Crumpler pouch looks much better than the Vado Travel Pouch. So honestly, you do not have to spend any money on the accessories as the Vado is good enough by itself.
Final Words - I had the Vado for a few months and I absolutely love it. Every time I whip out the Vado, curious onlooker will ask me if it's a new phone or camera and when I tell them it's the new Creative pocket video camera, they all seemed pretty impressed and interested. The Vado is a good alternative between my Sony Cybershot and JVC camcorder. The Sony Cybershot takes good video but the file size is way too big while my JVC uses tape which is pretty inconvenient to transfer the files. The Vado might not have the best video quality but it does what it does best - capturing those precious moments which might have otherwise pass us by forever. However, if the Vado could also take still images, that would have been perfect!
Below is a video demo of the Vado's video quality taken at different locations: