A cheap pocket video camera
- Slim, cheap, nice screen, antiflicker modes
- No headphone jack, video quality
Despite the Creative Vado's drawbacks, it's a really well-priced device that's good for capturing off-the-cuff video clips. If video quality is important to you, you should steer clear. But Creative's pocket camcorder is serviceable and inexpensive.
Creative's Vado Pocket Video Cam is a pocket video camera that's slim and relatively inexpensive, and holds plenty of footage.
But while the Creative Vado has a generous feature-set and a nice display, the Creative device's video quality isn't all that good. That might not be a deal-breaker for price-savvy YouTube moviemakers, however, because the Vado has a lot of other things going for it.
The Creative Vado is a tiny, bare-bones camcorder with a flip-out USB connector; you use it to upload your clips to YouTube or Photobucket with one click. High-def fanatics, check your 1080p dreams at the door: this iPod-size device is built for sticking in your pocket or bag, shooting video on the go, and then easily uploading your low-quality footage. On that front, mission accomplished.
The Creative Vado's 2in screen is a nice size. Contrast is sharp, colours are bright, and the display is vibrant enough for you to see what you're shooting and to play back videos in bright sunlight. But that impressive LCD is both a blessing and a curse, as videos look much better on the device than they do after you upload them to YouTube. After upload, we noticed much more pixelation and murkiness than we expected.
Operating the Creative Vado is pure simplicity. The four-way directional pad below the device's display lets you zoom in or out by pressing up or down, and the left and right directional buttons scroll through video clips during playback. A button in the middle of the D-pad starts and stops recording. One side button switches between the recording and playback modes, and another button below it deletes clips. Holding down both of those buttons takes you to the menu screen.
To connect the Creative Vado to a PC, you just flip out the camera's built-in USB connector. Plugging the Vado into any Windows computer's USB port (the device's on-board media-management software doesn't work on a Mac) launches the simple Vado Central app, which lets you upload clips to YouTube or Photobucket in a matter of clicks. (Plugging the Creative Vado into a PC also charges the unit.)
The Creative Vado's 640x480-resolution video quality isn't exactly terrible. Although the Creative Vado is certainly good for quick-and-dirty clips, make sure to keep the lights on wherever you shoot. Lacking white balance and additional lighting, the Vado won't work well in a dark room.
Not all of the Creative Vado's extra features are as impressive as they seem on paper. The Vado can zoom in on subjects, but its 2X digital-only zoom is choppy.
You can also toggle between two antiflicker modes on the Creative Vado, one at a 50Hz refresh rate and the other at a 60Hz refresh rate. The latter is especially good for capturing footage of a monitor screen or television; you can match the refresh rate of the monitor you're shooting to avoid producing the scrolling lines that sometimes result when you videotape content on a TV or monitor.
The Creative Vado camera has the ability to toggle between standard-quality and higher-quality (HQ) video modes; in standard-quality (SP) mode, the Vado stores up to two hours of video on its 2GB flash drive, while in high-quality mode, the device holds 1 hour of footage. But here's the thing: we didn't see much of a difference in the quality of my YouTube clips recorded in each mode. You may as well use SP mode at all times and capture two hours' worth of mediocre-looking clips.
The Creative Vado also doesn't feel sturdy. Its plastic body and buttons, though lightweight, suggest that it might not be able to withstand a year or so of punishment. In addition, you can charge the device only via a USB connection to your computer, not with a standard electrical plug.
Not everyone will love the flip-out design of the Creative Vado's USB connector, either; though the rubberised connector's flexibility will delight some users, plugging the very short connector into a desktop's USB ports makes the Vado dangle awkwardly in midair. The connector was clearly built with a laptop in mind, and it works great in that capacity.
We have another beef with the A/V-out jack on the top of the Creative Vado. Although it's a nice touch, Creative doesn't include the required cable with the device. The cable is sold separately, of course, but information about it was hard to find on the company's website. A headphone jack would have been much more useful; the audio recorded on the device is decent, but gauging how well the camcorder is picking up audio is difficult without listening to it through headphones.
Join the newsletter!
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Apple iPhone X
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Toys for Boys
Bose SoundLink Micro
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Google Daydream View VR Headset
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Hisense takes the fight to home entertainment heavyweights with flagship Series 8 and 9 ULED TVs
- 2 Sony's latest Ultra HD OLED debuts in Australia
- 3 Panasonic Ultra HD OLED TV Review
- 4 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 5 Oppo A77 smartphone: Full in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Keep Watch Day and Night with Uniden’s Two-In-One Camera and Spotlight
- Sony make shooting in HDR easy with new 4K camcorders
- Sony announces Australian availability for new waterproof RX0 action-camera
- Microsoft's Beam becomes Mixer, adds four person split-screen streaming to battle Twitch
- Microsoft's Story Remix uses machine learning and mixed reality to make your movies awesome
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- LG V30+ review: The videographer's smartphone arrives
- Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- Xbox One X review: Brave new world
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- TPProgram Change Manager - LIS Program - HealthQLD
- TPSenior Project Manager - Office 365QLD
- CCIteration Lead - Telco - Melbourne CBDVIC
- FTService Manager - Solution ArchitectOther
- FTDesktop Support AnalystOther
- CCPolicy OfficerNSW
- FTFront-End DeveloperNSW
- CCAngular DeveloperNSW
- CCKofax DeveloperVIC
- FTDevOps EngineerNSW
- CCSystem Analyst - AxwayNSW
- FTICT Systems Support OfficerQLD
- CCTechnical LeadQLD
- FTData Analysts/ EngineersACT
- FTJava J2EE DeveloperOther
- CCRPA DeveloperVIC
- FTData AnalystOther
- CCAxway DeveloperQLD
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- TPProject ManagerNSW
- CCLevel 1 Helpdesk TechnicianNSW
- FTMarketing Manager - IT ServicesOther
- FTService Desk Analyst/Telecommunications Service AnalystOther
- FTApplication Support AnalystOther
- FTDigital Marketing Business AnalystOther