The camera captures 2 hours of video to its 8Gb of internal storage as 1280×720 AVI files. Image quality is surprisingly good for the price, and this model distinguishes itself from similar cameras with its wide-angle lens2 (and its price when on sale).
The camera shows up as a drive when its built-in USB connector is connected to a computer and files can be easily copied off of the camera. It also charges its internal battery over USB. I’ve also used my Vado HD as a USB flash drive to ferry large non-video files between computers. It’s a very convenient device, and at $129.99 is about $40 more than Amazon charges for the older, 2Gb, standard-definition (640×484) version of the device.
I’ve uploaded a non-spectacular but representative sample clip to vimeo. You can watch it below as an embedded flash clip, or you can download the original full-resolution clip directly from vimeo5. if you’d like to examine it more closely. There are a number of other clips shot with the Vado HD also available for perusal on Vimeo.
If you’re looking for such a thing, you know who you are. Here’s another link to the product.
Runners stagger around in mylar blankets after finishing the 2009 San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon.
- Perhaps the periodic discounts occur when Creative Labs needs to improve their quarterly sales figures? [↩]
- Its wide-angle lens makes it easier to fit friends into a shot when in a small room, or to hold the camera at arm’s length to shoot myself. As an aside, I’d recommend against bothering to “zoom”. This and other cameras in the category have fixed lenses and do a useless “digital zoom” which just blows the captured pixels up larger. [↩]
- Well, it fits in my pocket. It’s small enough that I can carry it through an entire marathon without complaint. [↩]
- The Vado HD looks a lot like a cell phone. [↩]
- look for the “Download AVI Version” at the lower-right corner of the Vimeo page. [↩]