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RCA EZ201 Small Wonder 60 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder (White) by Review Summary ,  Sep 21, 2015

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RCA EZ201 Small Wonder 60 Minute Point-and-Shoot Camcorder (White)
Report Date: 10/30/2015
Based on 103 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 7.8%

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Individual Feature Rating
Camera4.9   above average
Memory4.6   above average
Price4.4   average
Camcorder4.2   average
Video4.1   average
Size4.0   below average
Quality3.9   average
Sound2.9   mediocre
Light2.5   mediocre


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Camcorder

Camcorder:
"The low light shots are a bit disappointing, but hey, it's a 99 dollar 620 x 480 camcorder, so don't expect HD."
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"So in summary, if you take a little time to learn how to maximize the RCA Small Wonder's strengths and minimize it's weaknesses, it makes a great camcorder for the money."
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"- It is also hard to hear the sound when you playback the video on the camcorder."
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"No but for those everyday little moments missed because the real camcorder was in a drawer, this is ideal!"
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"Recording time with alkaline batteries was only fair but excellent with Lithium batteries (I got way over 4 hours with Lithium batteries).If you are recording special events like a new baby you want to use a quality camcorder but if you want to have fun making family memories or need an easy way to create simple video projects for work or school this is the video recorder to use."
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"The sound is also far superior on the Flip camcorder."
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"Best camcorder for the price for sure."
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"Excellent camcorder."
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"Nice not to have to worry about packing an expensive camcorder when traveling, and knowing I still won't miss out on taking video."
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Camera

Camera:
"While the camera provides ease of use, not being able to easily upload your finished product to the computer is a MAJOR drawback!"
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"Love this little camera."
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"this camera worked pretty well & i liked the the viewer could be flipped."
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"This is a very good camera but in the days of HD you should not buy it unless it's for a child or an older person,that being said this is a solid camera and handles poor lit conditions better than alot of HD pocket camcorders"
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"The EZ201 is really an easy camera for us techno challenged people."
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"We chose to get an older model camera for our 8 year old, with good cnet reviews, to save some money."
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Light

Light:
"It doesn't work well in low light, even when there's still a bit of light out it records blackness."
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"The Small Wonder can't complete in either picture quality (it is especially weak in low light) or sound quality."
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"The low light shots are a bit disappointing, but hey, it's a 99 dollar 620 x 480 camcorder, so don't expect HD."
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"Sound quality is acceptable though not very loud....recommended for well-lit scenes as will grain out in low light situations....perfect size for pocket or purse...rechargeable AA batteries are recommended as it is, somewhat, battery intensive....switchable SD cards are a great idea....For the price, value, and picture quality....has few if any peers."
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"Downsides-screen is hard to see in bright sun light and distance shots are not practical."
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"It takes decent videos (not great in low light) and connects very easily to your computer."
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"Fixed focus, decent exposures in any decent light."
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"That being said it takes very good quality video even under low light conditions."
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"Clear and visible movies in low light settings."
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"Light wieght, easy to take along any where, any time, and fun to use."
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"The picture is good in good lighting but a little grainy in low light."
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Memory

Memory:
"What I didn't like about the Flip Ultra was its fixed internal memory, hard to press record button and basically lack of any other features."
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"It's not state of the art like some folks might want, but it gets the little jobs done I need (quick auditions, uploads to online classes, fun memories during road trips and interviews), so I am glad I made this purchase."
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"The memory cards are easy to use and access as long as you read the directions,the website also gives great support on it's support page."
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"The memory manager is very simple but does the job very well."
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"I was very happy when I found this model becuase it does have a memory card."
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"Recording time with alkaline batteries was only fair but excellent with Lithium batteries (I got way over 4 hours with Lithium batteries).If you are recording special events like a new baby you want to use a quality camcorder but if you want to have fun making family memories or need an easy way to create simple video projects for work or school this is the video recorder to use."
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Price

Price:
"While shopping I saw the RCA Small Wonder and I really don't know why I bought it, I figured it's just a toy and I'll probably be very disappointed with it, sorry I wasted money on it."
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"So in summary, if you take a little time to learn how to maximize the RCA Small Wonder's strengths and minimize it's weaknesses, it makes a great camcorder for the money."
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"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 10For Price its got to be a 10 alsoAnd the Picture Quality is great too, prob have to rate a 8-9People have to remember its a $100.00 Camcorder NOT a 600-700.00 unitFor 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!"
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"This is really great for the price."
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"I had temporary use of a friend's RCA Small Wonder EZ205 and found it a good quality item for the price."
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"For the price it is great."
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"We chose to get an older model camera for our 8 year old, with good cnet reviews, to save some money."
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"It's cheap, small, and just plain FUN!"
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Quality

Quality:
"I didn't want to lug my old bulky VHS-C camcorder on our Disney trip so I bought a Sony MiniDV HCR-62 and was so disappointed with the picture quality that I returned it."
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"My advice to anyone: buy the Flip Video Ultra, you won't believe the amazing video and sound quality you'll get from such a small camcorder."
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"The Small Wonder can't complete in either picture quality (it is especially weak in low light) or sound quality."
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"The audio quality wasn't as good as I liked; hence the 4 stars instead of five."
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"Sound quality is acceptable though not very loud....recommended for well-lit scenes as will grain out in low light situations....perfect size for pocket or purse...rechargeable AA batteries are recommended as it is, somewhat, battery intensive....switchable SD cards are a great idea....For the price, value, and picture quality....has few if any peers."
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"I had temporary use of a friend's RCA Small Wonder EZ205 and found it a good quality item for the price."
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"I bought this player from walgreens on sale,got it home like the ease of the buttons and film quality was good, but it does not record at nearly the specified recording times and does not recognize my memory card at all."
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"It shoots great vhs quality movies in long play mode,and near dvd quality in HQ mode."
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"Videos are adequate quality."
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"I love the size, picture quality, and extra storage."
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Screen

Screen:
"Problem areas:It is difficult to see the screen in daylight outside, particularly on sunny days."
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"The viewfinder screen is hard to see in bright sunlight."
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"Video quality is OK, and works well for small size playback, but is not good for larger screen viewing."
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"It's the size of a pack of cigarettes-No moving parts-A flip screen so you can record yourself-Works on easily obtainable AA batteries-Playback your video on the screen-Play your video on any TV, DVD player or VCR with an audio video input (cable included)-Plug it in to your computer and save and watch your video (connector and software included and built in)-Record a half hour of quality video on it's internal memory-Insert a 2GB memory card and record another 2 hours of quality video-Use as many memory cards as you need-Easy to use-2X digital zoom-I brought my old camcorder to Disney with us but I still took 5 hours of video on the RCA Small Wonder because it was so easy to use and we're very satisfied with the results."
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"Another great feature is its ability to hook up the video and audio directly to a tv set and play full screen videos for all the family to see and hear as well."
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"The screen is clear and works well out of sunlight, but is also great to view shading with a hand outside as well."
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"Windows media player loads these videos directly into your screen on any windows pc as well !"
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"I just knew it would look grainy on the big screen but it looks very good."
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Size

Size:
"My new Small Wonder, is everything I thought it would be, it is not perfect, but it suits my needs wonderfully."
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"My advice to anyone: buy the Flip Video Ultra, you won't believe the amazing video and sound quality you'll get from such a small camcorder."
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"My only complaint is the direction issue with sound, but that is a small issue for the convenience."
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"The only small downside is you can't really zoom up on items, but you can get around that by walking up closer to whatever you're taping."
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"So in summary, if you take a little time to learn how to maximize the RCA Small Wonder's strengths and minimize it's weaknesses, it makes a great camcorder for the money."
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"Video quality is OK, and works well for small size playback, but is not good for larger screen viewing."
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"I had temporary use of a friend's RCA Small Wonder EZ205 and found it a good quality item for the price."
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"Now they didn't sound like the sharpest tools in the box, but if it was compatible or if there was a patch, it would be on the RCA Small Wonder web site and it is not."
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"It's cheap, small, and just plain FUN!"
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"Get the Small wonder you won't be dissapointed! "
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"I did not like the other and missed the Small Wonder."
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Sound

Sound:
"My advice to anyone: buy the Flip Video Ultra, you won't believe the amazing video and sound quality you'll get from such a small camcorder."
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"My only complaint is the direction issue with sound, but that is a small issue for the convenience."
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"The Small Wonder can't complete in either picture quality (it is especially weak in low light) or sound quality."
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"- It is also hard to hear the sound when you playback the video on the camcorder."
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"Cons:- The sound receiver isn't wonderful, to be honest."
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"I've not transfered videos yet,but the playback sound is not very clear."
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"Now they didn't sound like the sharpest tools in the box, but if it was compatible or if there was a patch, it would be on the RCA Small Wonder web site and it is not."
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"The sound is good, the picture is good and even the saved snapshots are good."
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"The sound is also far superior on the Flip camcorder."
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"Echoey room, but good capture of that guitar's sound."
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"Good little mic: sound quality, on playback from a computer, is very good for tiny camera."
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Video

Video:
"People I send video to do not get them sometimes but that could be my fault."
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"However, we received a File error message & no video."
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"My advice to anyone: buy the Flip Video Ultra, you won't believe the amazing video and sound quality you'll get from such a small camcorder."
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"Others have encountered the same Video problems....see the Consumer Reports comments below."
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"Look, if you want professional grade video out of a $100 digital video recorder, you will be disappointed."
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"However you are able to create a still image of a video after hooking it up to your computer."
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"Great for sending video email to family and friends."
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"It's easy to shoot the movie and be able to watch what I'm recording without looking at the screen the whole time."
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"This little movie camera was such a great deal."
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"You can upload the movie to any computer as the software is built into the camera, and it's very easy to upload the movie to youtube or other video sharing web site."
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