If you're looking for a pocket camcorder with a wide-angle lens, exposure controls, an external mic input, and good low-light video shooting, you'll find it with the third-generation Creative Vado HD. In addition to shooting top-notch 720p footage, it also features a motion-detection mode that automatically starts recording when the camcorder senses movement in front of the lens.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    The third-generation Vado HD has the widest-angle lens of any HD pocket camcorder, as well as exposure controls, great low-light video quality, and a sub-$200 price.

    Pros

    • Excellent low-light performance
    • Earbuds can function as external mic
    • Exposure controls
    • Wide-angle lens

    Cons

    • No removable storage
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