JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Review


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The JVC Picsio pocket camcorder takes hits from consumers and expert reviewers who complain about buttons that are difficult to use, flimsy construction, and somewhat garish design. Some reviewers say the Picsio records decent video in bright light, but video quality suffers in low-light conditions.

JVC makes many good electronics products, but the Picsio GC-FM1 (starting at $130, Amazon) doesn't impress many reviewers. All JVC Picsio GC-FM1 reviews that we found note that its buttons can be hard, even frustrating, to use because of their design. Many reviewers also grumble about the Picsio GC-FM1's plastic, lightweight design, which make it seem flimsy and cheap. The product's video quality is OK, but a Macworld.com JVC Picsio GC-FM1review notes that it doesn't perform well in low light and audio quality is also not very good.

The Picsio GC-FM1 is the only device we reviewed that can record video at a high-def resolution of 1080p, the highest video resolution available for video today. It also has an HDMI connection, which is a plus for any high-def device. Also of note is the Picsio GC-FM1's image stabilization feature and its ability to record video to SD/SDHC cards. It features a 2-inch LCD and 4X digital zoom.

The Picsio GC-FM1 looks great on paper. It has a lot of nice specs, but its design clearly does not resonate with users. And the large number of complaints about the Picsio GC-FM1's button controls is an obvious red flag. It's also clear that reviewers prefer a less flashy, more durable and substantive product.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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