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RCA EZ201 Small Wonder 60 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder

Tuesday, July 24th, 2007

 RCA Small Wonder Point-and-Shoot Camcorder

Product Description

So simple that a child can use it (or teach a grown-up), the RCA Small Wonder MPEG-4 digital camcorder functions with one-button recording. Consumers can play, pause, delete, rewind, and fast forward clips on the color 1.5-inch LCD screen, which also flips out 180 degrees. The EZ201 offers up to an hour of recording with its on-board flash memory, which can be expanded up to five hours with the addition of an SD memory card (sold separately) that will slide easily into the unit’s memory slot. Two standard “AA” batteries provide up to two hours of continuous use (or more than seven hours with optional lithium batteries), making the EZ201 ideal for vacations and travel. EZ Grab feature enables the user to select any paused frame in any video and save it as a single. JPG or. BMP image to share with friends and family Included Accessories - Wrist Strap, Soft Carrying Pouch, Two AA Batteries, USB Extender Cable, A/V Output Cable

Customer Reviews:   Read 4 more reviews…

4 out of 5 stars Cool camera   July 12, 2007
2 out of 2 found this review helpful

This cool little camera won me over when I learned it had a slot for SD cards. Video quality is good when used in well-lit places. Video taken in low light gets blocky. Bottom line: this “2001: A Space Odyssey”-looking camera is priced right. You won’t stop using your main video camera, but for the price, you get a fun camera that you can always have with you.

5 out of 5 stars Great Camcorder for the $$$$   July 11, 2007
3 out of 3 found this review helpful

I Purchased the EZ 201, opened the box, didn’t read much as I usually dont lol, plugged in the usb to my computer Windows XP Pro and it downloaded the program right away!!
I was using the program and grabbing still photos out of the movies I downloaded within mins after I received the package in the mail,
For the ease of use I rate this a 10
For Price its got to be a 10 also
And the Picture Quality is great too, prob have to rate a 8-9
People have to remember its a $100.00 Camcorder NOT a 600-700.00 unit
For the Price you can’t go wrong, good to have with you in the glove box of your car for accidents, or anything else you’d need to photo..
I’m buying another!!!

4 out of 5 stars Small wonder compared   July 11, 2007
3 out of 3 found this review helpful

Ok, I was curious so I bought the Small wonder and the flip (FW160) to compare them side by side. The Small wonder does have the advantage of the SD card reader, plus the flip LCD. However, in dim lighting like around my house, the Small wonder has a pinkish/reddish look to the images (I tried two small wonders with same results). The Flip does do a better job in poor lit conditions color wise in my opinnion. You can see the small wonder gain up light more noticably when lighting gets darker, but the Flip did a smoother job at it and the image was brighter. The Flip also has a much brighter display that you can see much better outside. I wanted to keep the Small Wonder because of the adjustable LCD and the SD cards, but the resulting video with the red/pink tint in dim conditions was no good for me. But not all small wonder indoor video had the red cast, only with certain lighting conditions and it depended on what you subject was. People’s faces ended up with a sunburn look inside in certain light angles. Outdoors it did great. The Small wonder’s software was also a bit behind the Flip’s. The Flips allowed a larger video window for playing back the video, it was also just a bit more user friendly (better video making software with music). I will say that the Small wonder does a good job of updating firmware etc. One other thing about the Small wonder I liked was it’s usb connector was easier to connect to my PC because of it’s location. I still think the small wonder does a good job, I just think the flip is slightly better image quality wise. Ok, I plugged them both into two different TV’s. One was a small 20 inch and I will say they were both about the same (VHS quality was pretty good). You can notice that darker shots have artifacts/blocky but acceptable to me. I tried plugging them into a 50 inch plasma and must say the results are not too hot. While I could watch the videos, they were fairly poor (but this is probably expected for this type of mpeg4 camcorder). I plan to watch these videos on PC or smaller TV anyhow. I ended up keeping the Flip 60 minute version instead of the Small wonder.

1 out of 5 stars Disapointed Mac Pro consumer   July 7, 2007
3 out of 4 found this review helpful

We received an EX105 as a gift and were so impressed with it, we decided to ‘upgrade’ after giving it to our daughter for her recent trip abroad.

The EZ105 plugged into both my new PowerMac Pro and my wife’s XP Windows machine and intuitively downloaded the necessary software to work on each.

With the more expensive EZ201 -NOT !!

The camera was not immediatly recognized by the operating system and has difficulty with the Mac OS X+ and RCA’s notes indicate they are ‘working’ on a software solution. WHY did they not have the software READY before releasing the product?!

While the camera provides ease of use, not being able to easily upload your finished product to the computer is a MAJOR drawback!

ALSO - I note other retailers are giving a 1gb SIMM card -FREE with the purchase. That was NOT an option with Amazon. Disappointment all around.

5 out of 5 stars Great pocket sized video camera   July 6, 2007
2 out of 2 found this review helpful

I bought this camera after doing just a little research online. According to, this camera uses the same technology as the flip video (RCA bought the rights). I chose this over the flip video for several reasons. First, it cost less. Second, it accepts a 2 gig SD card, expanding the recording time to 2.5 hours at high quality. Third, it has the flip out lcd screen for easy self recording. I just got back from a beach vacation and this little camera was great for recording the kids on the beach and in the water. I threw the camera in my pocket wherever we went. As for the quality of the video itself, it is not high quality. However, I think its just as good as my 8mm and about 1/5 the size. If you want a camera that you can use for weddings and graduations, this is not it. But if you want a camera that you can throw in your pocket to catch every day events, kids ball games, birthdays, etc., this is it.