Creative has announced a new inexpensive camcorder: the $99 Vado.
It looks more like a cameraphone without the phone part at 4″ x 2.2″ x 0.6 and just 3oz. As a camcorder it’s features are really basic: 640×320 VGA recording at 30 frames per second in MPEG-4 format onto 2GB of internal memory (enough for 60 minutes of storage), 2″ LCD screen, 2x digital zoom, USB connector, and removable rechargeable battery.
It does have built in software for uploading videos to YouTube or Photobucket which is a nice touch, and if you are looking for a very basic way to record video this could be a good solution.
Full press release follows:
” MILPITAS, Calif., May 13 — Creative, a worldwide leader in video innovation, today announced the Vado Pocket Video Cam. Small enough to fit easily in your pocket, purse or the palm of your hand, the Vado Pocket Video Cam changes the way video is captured, shared and stored by making it fast, easy and fun. Priced at only US$99.99, the Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam is available today at Amazon.com, B&H Photo, Buy.com, Creative.com, Fry’s Electronics, J&R, and Newegg.com.
A breakthrough in video camera design, the Vado Pocket Video Cam at only $99.99 is dramatically thinner and lighter than competing video cameras. Available in silver or hot pink, the Vado Pocket Video Cam is so small and lightweight that it’s hard to believe it can capture such high-quality video. With the press of a button you can record life’s spontaneous moments, whether it’s baby’s first steps, awesome sports stunts or hilarious adventures with friends.
Creative’s President and COO Craig McHugh describes how the Vado Pocket Video Cam completely changes the experience of shooting and sharing video:
“When you’re having a really great time and are experiencing one of life’s special or funny moments you’d love to have a video of it, but you don’t have your video camera with you. Your camcorder is likely stored away somewhere in a camera bag, because it’s too expensive and you’re afraid of breaking it. You end up missing many video opportunities and use your camcorder only for planned video shoots. When you finally do get it out to shoot something you have to make sure you have a tape or disc and the batteries are charged before you set up your shot. Chances are you’re going to miss that awesome spontaneous moment while you get your camera ready. Once you’ve shot the video, how are you supposed to share it with anyone? It can be a time- consuming challenge trying to figure out how to get video from your camera or tape, so it remains stuck on the camera or put away somewhere in a box of tapes or discs, and you can’t share it with your family and friends.
The Vado changes all of that! We’re making shooting and sharing video as easy as taking pictures with a point-and-shoot portable digital camera. The Vado is so small and lightweight that you can have it in your pocket so it’s always there, or you can just set it on your coffee table so everyone in the family can use it. It’s so inexpensive and easy to use that you don’t have to worry. It’s always ready to capture spontaneous moments that are once in a lifetime, the type you can’t plan for in advance. The Vado doesn’t need tapes or discs; it can record up to two hours of high-quality video on its built-in 2GB of memory and it has a removable rechargeable battery, so you can shoot two hours of video on a single charge and you don’t have to hassle with disposable batteries.
Just as the Vado makes it super easy and quick to shoot video, it makes it incredibly easy and fast to get the videos off the camera. It has a built-in USB connector so you can just plug it into your PC, just like you would with a thumb drive. The Vado has a software program built right into it that will prompt you to copy the video, or you can just drag the videos directly to your PC. With one easy step, the software can take you to YouTube or Photobucket so you can easily post your videos. When you want to share your videos with only friends and family, you can use Box.net, where they can either view or download a copy of the video. Box.net provides online storage and creates a web link to videos you’ve uploaded, so you can share them with anyone.”
— Slim, lightweight, pocket-sized design
— Built-in two-inch color LCD screen
— Removable rechargeable battery
— 640 x 480 VGA video resolution
— Built-in USB connector for PC
— Built-in software program for posting videos to YouTube or Photobucket
— Enable friends and family to download your videos from Box.net
— Available in silver or hot pink
— Priced at only US$99.99
To customize your Vado experience, equip your Pocket Video Cam with the following accessories, available at www.creative.com:
— A pouch to stow your Vado Pocket Video Cam, priced at US$14.99
— Spare batteries providing up to two hours of recording or playback,
priced at US$14.99
— A power adapter with charging station so your Vado is ready to go when
you are, priced at US$29.99
— An A/V cable for sharing your Vado video on your TV screen, priced at
For more information about the Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam visit http://www.creative.com.”