RCA EZ300HD Small Wonder High Definition Digital Camcorder – Lots of software problems

Well i just received my ez300hd last night and i am thoroughly impressed after only having taken 2 videos, at night, in artificial light, indoors. So looking forward to see what it can do in the day and outside. First of all, maybe this ‘second’ batch of cameras (i had to wait a while for mine after they sold out initially) has been upgraded because some of the complaints i read in other reviews are not present in this camera at all. I received the camera and installed the software without issue. It also already came with the divx codec you need to run the raw. Avi files and that installed automatically as well. The software then proceeded to update itself through the internet. I run windows vista on a pretty new laptop. I took 2 videos, one in my living room with only a lamp on and the other in kitchen with overhead recessed lighting. The video in the living room was definitely grainy with vertical stripes lightly visible, but not dark enough to where you couldn’t see the objects in the shot.

I am quite happy with my ez300hd rca camcorder. Rechargeable battery, portable, and a memory card expansion slot. I have not used the slot though, the 2gb internal memory has been enough for me so far. Of course the picture is not as amazing as one of the high-end expensive hd camcorders, but it’s perfect for what i wanted. I enjoy using it and i’m probably going to sell my dvd camcorder. I think this one better, it has better picture quality.

I think was lost by via usps. I put it 3 stars because inever had it ,the front looks like a old radio and because ihave seen and read the reviews of this product but who knows im skeptical ihave ordered but i didn get it.

If you are in the market for a easy small ‘flip’ type cam, forget the rest. This camera takes great video in most settings. It does not suffer from the frame wobbles like most cameras of this type. Just take a look at my sample videos:[. microphone is decent, and does well with adjusting to loud sounds. I shot a few scenes at a concert, no distortion. ]

 this video is my unboxing of the rca ez300hd from my blog. Upsides:* price to features is much better then the flip video camcorder: 60-minutes (white) (the original) and about par with the flip video mino series camcorder, 60 minutes (black)* simple, simple, simple* mini hdmi port* full and mini sd card slots* 3 recording modesdownsides:* mono microphone that sorta sucks. * can’t turn off onscreen display when using video out on rca or hmdi (wtf?)* packaging from hellsome issues though for macs but they are solvable. The h264 encoder encodes in h264 but the built decoder for quicktime from apple doesn’t like something about it and the audio codec used in the audio stream is a microsoft based one (based on wma). There are two solutions that work wonderfully. Use an updated version of vlc2. To play the videos system wide install: a. Flip4mac – for the microsoft audio codec) b.

This little camera is a great buy. I bought 20 of them for students to use at a summer science camp. They were simple, durable and take a good photo. I like that there is a rechargable battery, an sd slot, a macro switch, a port for hdmi and built-in usb. I have some suggestions: a small flash would be great for still photos indoors and i wish the camera could be set to record to the sd card first rather than as an overflow memory. The door to the battery compartment and memory is a bit flimsy. Overall, i am very pleased with this unit and hope to use them with many students.

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This is a fun little camera, especially for the price. Do not expect broadcast quality, of course, but it is so light and so easy to use that you can take it anywhere and be up and shooting in seconds. The memory manager software is very rudimentary and far from flawless, but it is a cinch to drag and drop the data from the camera (when plugged into your computer) to the hard drive, where you can then use it in other editing software. It makes ‘candid video’ as easy as a snapshot.

Ok the thing works and the video looks good but thank god for a free download called ‘any video converter’ because xp and vista hate this thing. On my new vista home premium, the videos cause the player to crash and on xp i have to plug in the rca via the usb and find the video clips then using the video converter program, convert them to mpeg 2 and then they play fine and look good. I ordered the flip ultra and tried to return this rca but good ole ‘blue proton’ wont let you send back any electronic device so beware of blue proton. The flip ultra runs circles around this rca, no comparison. The flip has better everything and is smaller and very well built. The only thing i like better on the rca is the swivel lens but other than that i would strongly advise you to avoid this rca and get a flip ultra, sure it cost a little more but its really worth it. The software programs on the flip are great, the software on the rca is buggy.

The video format does not work with quicktime for mac os users. One cannot even find quicktime plugins that decode the files. Conversion software so far brings the hd resolution down to 640×352 range. The preloaded software also does not work on mac. Also, the audio capture is a bit weak. Finally, if the software for mac was provided or there was readily available conversion packages, then this camera could claim a 4 star review.

I really like the way the videos turn out in hd for a camera of this size and price. Some things that need addressing if rca will come out with a firmware upgrade:1) no matter how big of a memory card you put in, it stops recording after one hour and you have to start it recording again. 2) the compression is a bit too much for moving scenes and it needs an option to allow higher quality hd even though that will use up more storage space. I would think both of these issues could be addressed in a firmware update if rca will support this product. It has lots of potential and already has good white balance and low light quality. It would also be nice if they had a clip on wide angle lens. The current lens has a pretty narrow field of view and you may have to stand way back to make a video of a group of people.

Kodak and flip is recording 1 hr of hd on 4gb, while this rca is using 2gb, doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. I returned mine and got a kodak instead.

Features of RCA EZ300HD Small Wonder High Definition Digital Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • HD Quality, Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 in H.264 format at 30 frames per second.
  • Still Photo Capture 5 megapixel resolution still photos.
  • Internal Memory with SD card slot 2GB.
  • View, Record, Large 2.4 LCD Display, and a flip out lens for self recording
  • Built in HDMI and USB

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HD Quality, Video Resolution: 1280 x 720 in H.264 format at 30 frames per second.

Still Photo Capture 5 megapixel resolution still photos.

Internal Memory with SD card slot 2GB.

View, Record, Large 2.4 LCD Display, and a flip out lens for self recording

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RCA EZ300HD Small Wonder High Definition Digital Camcorder (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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3.0 of 5 stars, based on 19 reviews