Pros Fits in your pocket
for mic being smaller than an M&M sound is great even at a live concert
Cons can't stand on its own without tripod.
Computer has to have very good video power for PC playback and editing
Summary Check out www.youtube.com\caazimiw\ all the videos are taken with VadoHD
Some people write reviews for the vado like they expect it to be on par with a $500 to $1000 semi professional camera... I almost didn't buy it... but I am glad I did. For $200 and its size I think it is great! The biggest thing that amazed me is the sound quality recorded at a live concert (band). Even with extreme volume the Vado adjusts and picks up every instrument without much distortion. It's not CD quality nor something you would record a whole show with but definitely captures how sick the show was.
Took it on a roller coaster and was also amazed by the quality and it staying focused with the speed and all the bumps! Again the sound quality of the wind, screams, and noise of the ride was awesome. Look at my coaster videos and then watch some others on YouTube you'll notice the wind is just noise and distortion on most but not the VadoHD!
I can't wait to get the water proof case for it! Going to mount it to the front of my Kayak!
Pros Picture quality is very good. Not quite DVD quality but not far away. Very simple to use. Build in HDMI port is nice and you can tape and watch on your TV (if have HDMI) literally seconds later and the quality will amaze you considering size/price
Cons No image stabilization (mino doesn't either), doesn't integrate with iMovie (haven't tried but I have both PC and Mac and that would be a nice feature). Some optical zoom would be nice. I have experienced the audio/video synch issue on one computer.
Summary This meets the need for what I wanted. Something very portable and very easy to use with good quality video. I haven't tried the Mino but I went with creative because I wanted HD and the features of the vado are better. HDMI port, replaceable battery, and twice the memory. I have two friends who purchased this item after seeing mine over the holidays and I have purchased one as a present for someone about to have a baby. It will be super easy to film and share video with the family.
I'd give it a 4 1/2 stars but that isn't an option. It isn't perfect but if good quality and super simplicity is what you want you'll like this unit.
As aboe, the audio video synch sometimes is out on one of my computers but is always fine on my newer one. I am guessing it isn't the camera?
"A snap to use"on by doug1066
Pros Ease of use, included HDMI and USB extension cables, amount of memory.
Cons no composite video out cable, no wrist strap included, strange "clear" color of included silicone skin, no sd or xd expansion slot.
Summary After doing much research, I decided to get my wife this camera over the Mineo HD. The main sale points were the included accessories, the ability to swap out the battery and the video compression. So far the video we have shot is very good quality and the driver software for the camera auto loaded with no problem. Perhaps, others have problems because they are using Mac OS or some version of Windows other than XP, service pack 2 or greater or Vista. The documentation for the camera says that it only really works with Windows SP2 or better or Vista. If Creative had thought to have an expansion slot and included a wrist strap and a composite out cable, this product would get a 5 out of 5 for me.
Pros Just toss it in your pocket and go.
Very good video quality.
Easy to use software.
Wide angle lens.
Cons Only 2X zoom.
Cannot take still pictures.
No menu button.
Summary If you are looking for an inexpensive easy to use video camera, look no further. The 8Gb version holds plenty of video. The software it comes with makes uploading to YouTube or saving to disk a breeze. For a camera at this price, the video quality is more than acceptable. It is decent in low light conditions.
It does not take still pics but the software allows you to "snapshot" anywhere in the video. I wish it had a separate button for the menu (its a 2 button toggle that I seem to forget). The batter life is very good and the built in wide angle lens is a gem. All in all, I'm very pleased. Highly recommended.
Pros 8 Gb memory.
Wide angle lens.
SImple upload to youtube
It comes around 150- 160 $...
extra cable for TV viewing
VEry easy to use.
Cons Pic qualtiy is sharp but saturated color contrast.
Summary Out of MINO HD, koadk Zi6, Webbie HD.... VADO is simply miles ahead in terms of features. You can replace your battery whenever you want, Shoot 1 hr video everyday.
Esay to use and 8 gigs of memory makes it a true treasure.
Covers more area with its wide angle lens.