JVC Picsio GC-FM2 review: JVC Picsio GC-FM2

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Typical Price: £160.00
3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars 2 user reviews

The Good Large screen with touch controls;. very small and light;. HDMI output;. built-in editing and sharing software.

The Bad Poor quality 1080p mode;. low on extras;. no HDMI cable supplied;. some build-quality issues.

The Bottom Line The JVC Picsio GC-FM2 is a pocket-sized video and photo camera that has a couple of interesting tricks up its sleeve, but suffers from quality limitations and is pretty light on extras.

7.5 Overall

Right now, it seems as though every electronics manufacturer is obsessed with having its piece of the pocket-camcorder pie. The Picsio GC-FM2 is JVC's latest slice of the action and, as with other devices of its type, there are certain pros and cons to be had from its form factor. At £160, the candybar Picsio GC-FM2 is at the top end of the price range we'd expect for a pocket camcorder.

Pocket full of posies

Let's get the tech out of the way first. The Picsio has a single CMOS sensor that's capable of capturing still photos at up to 5 megapixels without interpolation. It can also record high-definition video at two settings: 1080p at 25 frames per second (fps), and 720p at 50fps. Standard-definition settings are also available. Videos are recorded in MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 format and stored as MP4 files. There's a very limited amount of internal memory, but the idea is to supply your own in the shape of an SD/SDHC/SDXC card. The camera can be connected to a TV via HDMI or standard-definition AV output and, like the Flip Video , a built-in USB connection allows you to plug the GC-FM2 straight into your computer without the need for a cable. The unit also draws power via USB -- there's no wall-socket power adaptor included in the box.

Features, manual controls and settings are pretty much non-existent. There's no optical zoom or image stabilisation, for example, and the digital equivalents aren't great (though they're better than nothing). In the extras department, you get a time-lapse mode, support for Eye-Fi cards for wireless connectivity... and that's about it.

My, what a great big screen you have!

The most eye-catching element of the Picsio is probably its large, 76.2mm (3-inch) touch-sensitive screen. Indeed, there's only one physical button on the body of the unit -- on/off. Everything else is controlled via the touchscreen. The touch interface takes a little getting used to and could be more responsive, but it's loads better than some others we've tried, especially when you consider the price.

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