"Value for money pocket video camera"3.5 starson by kimchimocha
Pros: Comes with HDMI cable, silicone skin, usb extension, 8gb memory, able to video-out in HD through HDMI, removable battery and cheaper than the flip, lcd screen is larger than flip's (2" vs 1.5")
Cons: silicone skin is white which does not match the vado, digital zoom not fantastic, only has one choice of color, official accessory does not include tripod (what gives?)
Summary: Ok I don't mean to be melodramatic but I have to say that I really like the Vado HD! I didn't get the original flip or vado because I didn't want something that records in VGA as my hp can already do that, but when the flip hd and kodak hd was released I started to really do my research on the pocket video cams. Eventually I settled for the Flip Hd over the Kodak as it was cheaper and i heard good reviews about it, but just as i was about to pull the trigger and order the flip, creative came up with the vado HD. Not only is it cheaper than the flip (which was actually the deciding factor for me with the current financial situation), has more capacity, remoavble battery and even tv-out through HDMI. The bundled accesories includes the silicone skin, HDMI cable and usb extention (which is useful if ur usb port is too far away). The only complain i have is the color of the silicone skin which when paired up with the vado HD makes it look a strange hue of grey. The Vado HD is simply enough to use, just press the middle square button to record and the play button to playback. Furthermore you can choose to shoot in HD+, HD and VGA (which u clearly shldn't bother unless you plan to go to africa for a month and have no access to powerpoints). I have read one review on codec issue which i did not encounter myself. All i did was to connect the vado hd to my computer (running on the latest Windows Vista) and the vado automatically installed the required codec (about 1,2 mins?) and you can choose to view your videos in the Creative software (which allows you to do simple edits to the videos) or in windows explorer. Video play back looks good on my laptop and also esp nice in widescreen on my tv (mine is a samsung 22" series 4) through HDMI. No connectivity issue there also, just plug into the tv and press play. I do not know exactly how long the battery last but so far i chardged like only once in the one week I had the camera and I shoot on a daily basis. Therefore, if you're looking for something that shoots in HD, is light and compact and is value for money, you should consider the vado HD.