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

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Typical Price: £160.00
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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.

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7.5 Overall

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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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