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
A big sensor upgrade in the VX815 does little to fix the VX700's biggest failings.
25 February 2013
Conclusion: While it suffers from cheap construction and a needlessly complicated interface crippled by a poor-quality touchscreen, the JVC GZ-VX815 actually produces pretty good video. It's just a shame that you can't really see it at its best without playing it directly from the camcorder. Sharpness is an area of improvement from the previous model, as are noise control and color accuracy.
Conclusion: This isn't a camcorder for genuine enthusiasts as it lacks the manual controls they need. But it takes great footage and compact, making it great if quality and portability are higher on the agenda.
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