Conclusion: In the ever-evolving pocket camcorder realm, JVC's Picsio GC-FM1 is hardly a game-changer, but a slick design and a robust feature set including HD video and 8-megapixel still-image capture make it a solid choice.
Pros: Attractive, compact design. Records 1440-by-1080p HD video. 8-megapixel still-image capture. HDMI out.
Cons: No USB Arm, charges via cable. Very low-quality speaker. Lacks external microphone. Subpar still images.
Summary: Pocket sized camcorders like the JVC Piscio FM1 are very convenient. Although you won’t get the optical zoom and image stabilization that you’d get with a full-size dedicated camcorder, you will get a lot of functionality. The Piscio takes very good videos in HD, which is its biggest claim to fame. It is also very small and the sleek-looking holographic finish is wonderful. The removable SD card and HDMI port add to the device’s functionality.
Excerpt: When jumping into a crowded market, especially one with a couple of strong players in the lead, a company has to work hard to distinguish its entries from the field. JVC successfully manages that with its debut product, the Picsio GC-FM1–unfortunately, not often in a good way.
Excerpt: Camcorders are not as popular as mobile phones or even laptops, you wont purchase a camcorder more than once or twice in your life, unless you are some crazy shutter bug freak who buys a camcorder as soon as something with better hard ware is announced. That said, camcorders aren’t as popular as other electronic gadgets and JVC Picsio won’t change this reality. The face of the camcorder has a LCD which is tiny yet good looking and below them are the controls.
Excerpt: The competition for camcorder is stiff in an already crowded camcorder market so where does this product stand? Nice video, photo quality, support for SDHC cards, sleek Poor design, buttons are too hard, poor bundled software. Hand strap, Drivers & Utilities LCD display TFT active matrix – 2 inch, 8 mega pixels, CMOS sensor, Digital Video Format – H.264, Camera flash, Still Image Format JPEG, Supported Resolution 720p, 1080p, Built-in microphone Resolution for...
Excerpt: (1 items) JVC Picsio GC-FM1 On paper, JVC’s Picsio GC-FM1 pocket high-definition (HD) camcorder is loaded. But pocket-camcorder championships aren’t won on paper, they’re won on-screen and in your hands. The Picsio GC-FM1 produced very good images in well-lit areas, but fell short in other areas. The Picsio GC-FM1 shoots 1080p video and has digital image stabilization, two positive distinguishing factors in the now-crowded HD pocket camcorder market.
Pros: Landscape/macro toggle, Very good 1080p footage in bright light
Cons: Audio hiss, Pre-installed software is Windows-only, Limited and finicky controls, Cheap-feeling plastic build