RCA Small Wonder EZ101: Digital Camcorder Product Review
The RCA Small Wonder EZ 101 digital camcorder may just be the best Christmas gift my husband has ever given me. I don't even know that he knew I wanted a digital camcorder. Actually, I'm pretty sure he didn't know - he won the Small Wonder in a raffle at work and gave it to me. And actually, now that I think about it, he didn't really give it to me "for Christmas." He just handed it over when he came home from work. But that's okay. The RCA Small Wonder camcorder is still one of the best gifts my husband has ever given me.
I've always been a bit of a camera buff. I love to take pictures and have dozens of photo albums. But once I converted to digital, I stopped making prints, and truthfully, I am not sure I enjoy my photos as much as I use to. I still share them with friends - via email, mostly. And it's a lot less expensive than physical prints, so that's a good thing.
But I was bored with still shots. I wanted to enter the world of youtube. I wanted to share live action with friends and families. And now, with the Small Wonder camcorder, I can!
Oh, I've had a video camera for years, but it generally stays packed in the camera bag along with the video tapes and spare batteries. Once in a blue moon we might pull it out, if we think of it in time, before a special event. Unfortunately, we typically do not think of it early enough to charge the batteries and to make sure we have tapes available. And the old thing is heavy, so no one ever wants to be the filmmaker.
RCA Small Wonder EZ101 Highlights
- Shoot, save and share up to 30 minutes of digital video
- Affordable, everyday MPEG-4 Digital video camcorder
- Easy to play and delete files on camcorder
- 2x Zoom
- View on bright 1.5" LCD screen or output directly to TV (cable included)
- Connects to computer with convenient USB arm
- Small Wonder automatically compresses your videos to make them easy to e-mail
- Runs on 2 'AA' Batteries
- Slim, sleek silver design
- Visit one of 8,000 drugstore and camera store locations that can easily burn your Small Wonder video to DVD
Not to mention that we've never gone to the trouble to get any of the old tapes converted to digital. What a waste - all those special moments, seldom viewed. It's just too much trouble to dig out the old VCR and unhook the DVR. One of these days....
But back on topic, the RCA Small Wonder camcorder simply could not be easier to use. Push the red button to record, the play button to review, and the delete button if you don't like the video so far. Operating on 2 AA batteries, the camera stores up to 30 minutes of video - perfect for a few candid moments to share with loved ones.
Upload is super simple, too. The USB arm folds out of the camera easily and plugs right into the USB port on your computer. Built in software makes viewing and saving the videos a breeze, or just drag and drop the files to your hard drive like you would from other external storage devices.
I also love the size of the camera - it's only a little bigger than my cell phone. I carry it in my purse almost all of the time and have captured some fun spontaneous moments as a result.
Kids will also love the RCA Small Wonder camcorder - the simplicity is perfect for getting the little ones started. Heck, even my husband can use it!
If you are looking for simple-to-use digital camcorder so you, too, can share videos electronically, you can't go wrong with the RCA Small Wonder camcorder!
Lucy Via Small Wonder
My First Video Online!
How cool is this! With the cooperation of my darling kitty, Lucy, I've captured this video with my RCA Small Wonder, opened a youtube account, uploaded the video, added it to my hub, and shared my own little film with the world for the first time ever - in less than 10 minutes!
Lakota's First Birthday Cake
Another Great Video!
Sunday, 3/22/09 - I added this video - don't you know my dad, who couldn't make it to his great-grandson's first birthday, will love watching this! Those of us who were there will love to relive the moment, too!
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