updated 10:55 am EST, Mon December 8, 2008
Creative Vado HD in Stores
As promised, Creative this morning marked the US in-store date for its Vado HD pocket camera. The 720p-capable recorder aims to beat the Flip Mino HD on features with HDMI video output, twice as much storage at 8GB and a larger two-inch preview LCD. Creative uses H.264 encoding that should give it four hours with Flip-level encoding or two hours in a claimed better HD+ capture mode.
The company touts an equal two-hour battery life and tries to provide a similarly uncomplicated editing experience with a direct upload utility for Box.net, Photobucket and YouTube as well as a separate Muvee tool for the final editing itself.
Creative normally matches the Flip Mino HD's pricing but is deliberately undercutting its rival with a $200 sale price on the Vado HD, which ships only in black.