RCA Small Wonder EZ101 review: RCA Small Wonder EZ101

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CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
  • Overall: 5.6
  • Design: 6.0
  • Features: 5.0
  • Performance: 7.0
  • Image quality: 4.0
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The Good With its nifty hideaway USB connector, the RCA Small Wonder EZ101 is a lightweight video camera that makes it very easy to capture and send low-resolution video e-mail.

The Bad The RCA Small Wonder EZ101 scratches easily; an audible clicking sound is recorded on your finished video whenever you press the button to zoom in or out.

The Bottom Line While its video quality is only so-so, RCA's Small Wonder EZ101 will appeal to technophobes looking for an idiotproof way to quickly send video e-mail clips to friends and family.

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Last year, when the drugstore chain CVS started selling a $30 single-use digital camcorder, we thought it was a pretty dubious idea. We're not sure how it did, but Pure Digital Technologies, the company behind the product, has removed the disposable label and added a hideaway USB connector and built-in viewer software to make a simple plug-and-play model that it calls the Point & Shoot Video Camcorder. RCA has licensed the technology from Pure Digital and is marketing the same model under the name RCA Small Wonder EZ101 for the same price ($130).

The lightweight, 5-ounce camera stores up to 30 minutes of VGA-quality video on 512MB of internal flash memory (sorry, there's no expansion slot). It has a 1.4-inch LCD screen on back for instant review, so you can delete any undesirable clips right away, and it has a video output, so you can view clips on any TV with a composite-video input. The unit is powered by two AA batteries and comes with a felt protective carrying case.

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RCA Small Wonder EZ101

Part Number: CC6371 Released: May. 3, 2006
Low Price: $70.00 See all prices

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  • Release date May. 3, 2006
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