The birth of my son Hudson has forced me to start taking more pictures and even get into video a bit. I don't want to look back several years later and realize that I wished I had more media of my son. After careful consideration, and a big thumbs up from Scott Hanselman, I decided on the Vado HD. I've been very satisfied with this little device so far, so I thought I would share.
I knew the device was small, but I wasn't really prepared for how small it really is. It's about the size of my iPhone but a little thicker. It fits in my pocket quite nicely and takes video in 720p. It has a built in usb connector and produces standard avi files that Windows 7 can view with the stock codecs. It seems to perform well in low light. Really, it's everything I wanted.
Here is a video I shot last night of Hudson at dusk in the kitchen with only overhead lights on. (via Facebook)
Here is a video I shot while rubbernecking a car fire after I had sat on the interstate for 30 minutes. (via YouTube)
(Apologies for the not-so-great cameraman skills. I'm trying to get better.)
There is a newer model coming out which is about $75 more than the older model. My link above is to the older model which is a steal at about $125 while it lasts.