Conclusion: Pocket-sized shooters are meant to be about fun and fuss-free uploading. The Picsio scores highly on both of these counts, even if it does lack the all-round abilities and versatility of the Kodak PlaySport.
Excerpt: Nearly every electronics manufacturer currently seems to be in a rush to release a flash memory storage HD video camcorder at near pocket money prices. They look near identical too, held vertically in the palm and used for filming like you would your mobile phone handset. The GC-FM2, logically updating the FM1 , is JVC’s newest attempt to make a dent in this burgeoning market. It challenges the likes of the all-conquering Flip Video with its latest Mino HD incarnation.
Pros: Easy to use and responsive funky touchscreen interface will appeal to the younger set
Cons: USB arm stiff and plastic-y, quite pronounced wind noise, poor stills quality if shooting interiors
Summary: JVC’s first Picsio camcorder, the FM1 , was pocket sized, fresh and fun but it didn’t do enough to unsettle the market-dominating Flip or rugged Kodak PlaySport . But now the Picsio is back and ready to show off its image and feature improvements. A new (and more Flip-like) design means the FM2 doesn’t look so retro. There’s now a 3in touch-activated display and, unlike its predecessor, this Picsio can shoot Full HD 1920x1080 movies.