Conclusion: The JVC GZ-VX815 packs a hefty set of features – high-definition video capture, 12-megapixel photo capture, and just plain “fun” features – all in a small profile that will fit quite comfortably in your pants or shirt pocket. Think of it as the better way to capture video and still images than on your smartphone (if you got one of those, you can pair it to the camcorder for remote operation).
Pros: High-definition 1080/60p video recording, 12-megapixel JPEG still images, Compact, slim profile, Wi-Fi with remote monitoring
Cons: Short battery life, Menu navigation sometimes quirky, Zoom control speed jumpy
Summary: You already have a hi-def video recorder on your phone already, so why do you need a camcorder? Because you'll end up with better footage, for one thing. If size has put you off using a camcorder, the JVC’s compact form might win you over.
Pros: Lots of creative features, Smart image stabilisation
Cons: Interlaced footage not ideal for monitors, Some compacts beat it for video quality