RCA EZ201 Small Wonder Camcorder
SETUP If you were expecting a rechargeable battery and an AC adapter, image stabilization and optical zooming, you're reading the wrong review. But the Small Wonder does include two AA batteries. Insert them in the camcorder, press the On/Off button, and you're ready to watch the 1.5-minute demo that pretty much covers all the features. The built-in speaker is a necessity, since the single A/V output won't accommodate your earphones. You can insert your own SD card for extra recording time, but you may not need one since the camcorder's built-in memory is sufficient for between 25 and 30 minutes in the HQ ("high quality") mode and up to 60 minutes in the LP ("long play") mode. A tab on the side of the camcorder switches between them.
One of the Small Wonder's most interesting features is a pop-out USB connector that lets you plug the device directly into your PC for uploading your videos. A standard extension cable is provided in case of adjacent port congestion. (An attached EZ201 needs to clear 6-inches in front of the USB port.) You also don't have to worry about misplacing the Small Wonder applications CD-ROM (there isn't one) or an Internet connection to download them, because they're built into the camcorder and upload directly to the PC when you connect the device (sorry, no Mac support yet). And the USB port supplies power to the camcorder, which should put your mind at ease over the disposable batteries petering out mid-transfer.