July 9, 2008 Retailing for less than US$90, the Small Wonder EZ200 from RCA in Japan is a low-cost option for digital video capture. With a flip-out LCD and an expansion slot for additional memory, the EZ200 is an attractive option for those wanting to shoot web-quality content without spending a fortune.
The camcorder can capture up to one hour of footage in Web Quality mode using the removable 1GB memory card that comes as part of the package. Shooting in the high quality HQ mode will only allow for around 30 minutes of video. Adding an 8GB microSD card to the additional memory slot extends the shooting capability in Web Quality to up to 16 hours. It also has an option for capturing low-quality still images. The camera runs on two AA batteries, yet weighs just 5.2oz and is lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket. The 1.5-inch LCD screen flips completely out to make it easier to watch while you’re recording.
Unwanted video can be deleted immediately to make room for wanted footage and a video output and cable mean you can watch your clips on your lounge room TV. An integrated USB dongle for connecting to your PC is included, neatly hidden underneath the LCD. The internal software is compatible with PC Windows 2000/XP or later-based computers only; Mac users will not be able to transfer files. The clips saved to your PC are able to be burned to DVD if you have a DVD burner. The EZ200’s included software has a “Share” tab that allows you to instantly upload your video to YouTube or Box.net, or e-mail it to a friend. The email function automatically compresses the video to reduce the file size and playback is compatible with Windows Media Player. The downsides to the EZ200 are its non-rechargeable battery, PC-only compatibility and low video quality, but it seems to be a case of: “you get what you pay for”. The Small Wonder EZ200 is available now for $89.99 from Amazon.