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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.

Accutire MS-4021B Standard Digital Tire Gauge

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

The Accutire Standard Digital Tire Gauge features heavy-duty construction to withstand shifting around in your glove compartment. Designed to last, it has an angled head and rubber coated handle for easy gripping. The LCD display is large and easy to read. If you forget to turn the gauge off, don’t worry — it is equipped with automatic shut off. The gauge will read within 0.05 PSI. The lithium battery will never need to be recharged or replaced. This gauge measures air pressure from 5-150 PSI in 0.5-pound increments.

Escort Solo S2 Cordless Radar and Laser Detector

Thursday, February 15th, 2007

If you speed, the long arm of the law is going to get you. If you have the protection offered by an effective radar detector, the risk does go down. The Escort Solo S2 more than delivers on that promise while offering cordless simplicity and a compact, user-friendly design. Because the Solo S2 can operate on battery power it’s a cinch to move from car to car with it– something frequent rental car users will appreciate. While there are some tradeoffs involved with using a cordless radar detector–namely, lower sensitivity and range than powered units–the Solo S2 has pulled off a near miracle in that these compromises are minimal.

OBD II Code Readers Pinpoint Problems

Wednesday, February 7th, 2007

Modern cars include dozens of sensors designed to detect problems. When one of these sensors discovers that something’s wrong, it alerts your car’s computer and illuminates the “check engine” light. OBD II code readers are devices that attach to your car’s on-board computer and report the contents of its memory in the form of diagnostic trouble codes (DTCs). For a skilled mechanic (or curious owner), these codes can greatly simplify trouble diagnosis and can often pinpoint precisely what’s wrong with the car. In addition, code readers have the ability to clear the codes from the computer, turning off the “check engine” light.

Nokia E62 for $.01 From Cingular

Friday, February 2nd, 2007

Nokia has pieced together a thin profile business email device which boasts a full qwerty keyboard, EDGE high-speed data, a miniSD card slot with Bluetooth technology on the S60 smartphone platform. With a full HTML web browser and music player Nokia E62 quad band device is sure to catch some attention.

Smartphones PDA GPS

Garmin Nuvi 680 Pocket Vehicle GPS Navigator and Personal Travel Assistant

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Receive door-to-door directions while staying on top of local weather, traffic and more with nüvi® 680, a sleek multi-tasking Personal Travel Assistant¿. Similar to the 660, nüvi 680 features a colorful widescreen, hands-free calling and FM transmitter, then takes it up a notch by adding dynamic content from MSN® Direct to provide–in addition to traffic and weather–such local information as fuel prices in nearby gas stations and movie times in local theaters. Like all nüvis, the user-friendly 680 comes with preloaded maps and travel kit.

See smartphones with GPS.

Garmin StreetPilot c320 GPS Vehicle Navigator

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

For navigators who only require detailed maps for a limited area, the StreetPilot c320 features an SD card slot, a 128 MB SD card, and MapSource City Select street data on CD-ROM. To load the area you need, simply select the specific area of interest on your computer and the data is transferred from a PC to the unit via a fast USB connection. The c320’s bright, 3.5-inch diagonal, 16-bit color display makes navigation a snap. The unit also features dual integrated speakers for high-quality voice prompts, and an internal lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning.

More about smartphones and gps.

TomTom GO 510 Portable GPS Vehicle Navigator

Friday, January 26th, 2007

TomTom GO 510 is a smart, easy-to-use, portable navigation solution. The crystal-clear widescreen display, 3D graphics, and clear, accurate turn-by-turn voice instructions help you find your way to any address in the US and Canada. The built-in Bluetooth connection and integrated microphone let you easily make or receive calls hands-free with most Bluetooth enabled cell phones. Control your iPod playlists directly from the touch screen. The home dock lets you connect to your PC for itinerary planning and downloading additional maps, voices, and more. Manufacturer’s limited 2 year warranty.


Cingular 8525 PDA-GPS-Phone

Thursday, January 25th, 2007

cingular 8525 pda phoneThe Cingular 8525 PDA Phone is the successor to the 8125. This quad band GSM world phone sports a 400Mhz CPU, Bluetooth 2.0, WiFi 802.11b/g and has an excellent slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Its 2.0MP is the best we’ve seen on a Windows Mobile phone and the device is ready for serious business work and multimedia fun. The Cingular 8525 is sold by Cingular in the US and the HTC TyTN is sold unlocked for use with any GSM carrier. The Cingular 8125 sold well through 2006 with many satisfied users and the 8525 is likely to outdo it.

USB GPS Receiver for Your Laptop

Sunday, January 21st, 2007

The Globalsat BU-353 is a first class GPS receiver. It is not Bluetooth but connects through your laptop’s USB port. The Globalsat BU-353 is perfect for marine, aviation, and commercial environments. It also won Germany’s iF Product Design Award 2006 for it’s innovative combination of design and technology. Features: SiRF Star III GPS chipset and active patch antenna for accuracy. High sensitivity and extremely fast TTFF Built-in SuperCap to save system data.

Phone PDA GPS convergence is the future.