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First Look: JVC Everio GZ-R10 goes where other camcorders can't

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First Look: JVC Everio GZ-R10 goes where other camcorders can't

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The water-, shock-, dust-, and freezeproof consumer video camera is ready for some rough treatment and packs a 40x zoom lens, but that's about all it offers.

Hey so remember camcorders, these things that look a bit like a soda can with a strap? Well even though most everyone has switched to other devices to meet their needs, JVC's betting a long zoom lens and some added protection might get you interested again. I'm Josh Goldman with CNet, and this is a look at the Everio GZR10. A full HD camcorder with a 40 X zoom lens that's waterproof down to about 16 feet, can withstand a 5 foot drop, and it's dust proof and freeze proof. It's easy to operate but that's mostly due to lack of features. You can manually control focus, right balance an exposure and you can tap to focus on whatever you want. But it's primarily designed for automatic use. Unfortunately those are the highlights of the R10. The image stabilization for lens is digital only, the touch screen isn't as responsive as you're probably used to. The battery is built in, so no swapping out for a fresh one, and the the hatch that covers your ports feel a bit iffy. And, in the end, the video quality is just okay. You can read the full review on cnet.com, but considering the near four hundred dollar price. The whole package is disappointing unless a long zoom lens and some protection from the elements are your priorities. I'm Josh Goldman and that's a look at the JVC Everio GZ-R10. [MUSIC]

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