The latest iteration of RCA's Small Wonder video cameras is now available. Along with Creative's just-released $99 Vado, the new trio of Small Wonders is competing with Flip Video's popular budget cams, which--by some estimates--have snagged up to one-eighth of the overall camcorder market.
We liked how previous Small Wonder models had a flip-out LCD, and we're happy to report that two of the new models sport this feature. It's also worth noting that all the models have some form of removable memory, which means you can always carry around an extra card with you to store more videos. Alas, RCA hasn't gone with a rechargeable battery--but the new models are pretty affordable. Two come in at less than $100, while the splash-resistant Traveler model comes in at $149.99.
There was some talk at CES about the EZ300HD, a Small Wonder that would allegedly shoot at "HD" resolution (1,280 x 720). However, that model hasn't materialized yet.
Here's the lineup:
Small Wonder Traveler (model EZ210, pictured above)
* Splash resistant
* 2.4-inch color LCD screen designed for high-visibility outdoor use (320x240-resolution)
* 2GB SD card provides one hour of near-DVD-quality recording time and up to 4 hours using the Web Sharing mode; expandable to up to 16 hours with 8GB SD card (not included)
*Comes with removable carrying and attachment clips, shock-proof battery contacts, carrying case, TV/AV input cables, wrist strap, AA batteries
*Available: Summer at Amazon.com
Small Wonder Pocket (model EZ205)
*1.5-inch flip-out LCD screen for self-recording; offers improved low-light recording
*1GB microSD card provides 30 minutes of recording time in near-DVD-quality mode or two hours in Web Sharing mode; expandable to 16 hours with 8GB microSD card (not included)
*Optional "exact-fit" custom skins from SkinIt for customization *Available: Summer at Amazon.com
Small Wonder MyLife (model EZ200)
*1.5-inch LCD flip-out screen (improved low-light recording) for self-recording
*1GB microSD card provides 30 minutes of recording time in HQ mode or one hour in Web Sharing mode; expandable to up to 8 hours with 8GB microSD card (not included)
*Optional "exact-fit" custom skins from SkinIt for customization
*Available: Summer at Amazon.com and Fry's Electronics