RCA Small Wonder Palm 1080p HD Digital Camcorder
As the self-proclaimed historian in my house, I had been dissatisfied with my current method of obtaining video. Although it was fairly new, I still longed for better resolution and expandability. I loved the compact nature of it, but between the memory on it is not being expandable and the lack of a quality zoom… it left me longing for more.
I was thrilled when RCA agreed to let us review the RCA Small Wonder Palm Camcorder.
Videos made simple. Elegantly simple in its design, yet packed with features, it’s the ultimate way to record high-quality video and capture still photos in an instant. Plus, with built-in RCA Memory Manager software, you can share it all with friends online in just minutes.
- Compact, portable palm-style design: just aim and record
- HD video recording: 1440 x 1080 resolution
- View instantly on flip-out 2.4″ display
- 5x optical zoom with digital zoom for distant images
- Easy sharing with YouTube®, Facebook®, Vimeo®, Flickr® or email
The flip out display… makes “being in the moment” much easier without a view finder.
The 5x optical zoom made it easy to record Joshua on the soccer field and still be able to recognize him.
Different choices for recording: HD (32GB=10hrs), Sports/High Quality (16 hrs) and WebQ (32GB=80 hrs)
The memory card slot supports up to a 32 GB SD card, which is fantastic! (I get a little behind when it comes to transferring my videos and have run into the “out of memory” message before.)
View your photos and video on your HDTV via the built-in HDMI connection.
My last little happy dance about the Small Wonder is that it also takes still photos! You can select 3MP, 5MP, 8MP or 12MP photos!
I put the Small Wonder to the test at my son’s soccer game. This particular game left us midway up the bleachers and with our old camcorder Joshua would look like a dot. It was a cold day so I was already shivering… that added to using a zoom at maximum performance usually would leave my videos unviewable (or make the viewer nauseous). Thankfully I didn’t have to hold the camcorder to my eye, with the flip out viewer I was able to stay in the moment and participate with cheering him on. I was also able to easily flip between taking video and still shots… no more fumbling between a still and the camcorder. Unfortunately with my shivering my photos were a bit blurry.
A couple of other notable features are:
Use Mozy® to safely and automatically archive your videos
LED video light, auto focus, stereo microphone
- Built-in RCA Memory Manager software allows high-speed video upload to computer
- Removable, rechargeable battery (charging adapter included)
Accessory kit includes AV cable, hand strap, USB cable, battery charging adapter, carrying case
Limited 1 year warranty
I am extremely pleased with our RCA Small Wonder palm digital camcorder and would highly recommend it to anyone in the market for an all in one (still and video). I wanted to share some of my clips I took at Joshua’s soccer game to show you the quality when zoomed in completely and the user shivering. I tossed in a couple of the still shots as well. The ones of Joshua were also zoomed in from the bleachers. (BTW… he’s the blonde wearing #2). Enjoy!
You can purchase a RCA Small Wonder Palm-Style 1080p HD Digital Camcorder for $179.99
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