JVC Picsio GC-FM-1 Review

Have you ever wanted to have a video camera that you could have in your pocket to capture those “magic moments”? There are several camcorders that you could purchase for this purchase including the Flip and the Kodak. However, if you want the best quality videos, you may want to look at the JVC Picsio GC-FM-1 camcorder.

JVC Piscio GC-FM1
JVC Piscio GC-FM1
JVC Piscio GC-FM1

After using this camcorder for several months, I can give it 3 big pluses.

1. It is very small and lightweight

2. With a holographic image on the front and bright colors, it is amazingly good looking

3. It takes excellent hi-def videos

This JVC camera also has some drawbacks. The software will let you upload your videos to YouTube, but you will have to use another program if you want to edit your videos. Also the controls are finicky. You are not always sure that the camera recognized that you pressed the button. Also, you will need a steady hand or a tripod because the image stabilization is not as good as you may want it to be.

Here is the good, the bad, and the bottom line.

The Good

  • Very good 720p and 1080p videos
  • Good color accuracy
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Excellent, unique holographic design
  • HDMI port
  • SD card slot
  • Stereo audio
  • Comfortable to hold
  • Instant start up

The Bad

  • Finicky controls
  • Poor software
  • Poor image stabilization
  • No HDMI cable included
  • No external microphone port

Bottom Line:

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 high def, 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.

Unfortunately, the great design and good videos are marred by controls that offer no tactile feedback and very poor software. If you can live with those two drawbacks, this is a great camcorder.

My full review including pictures is at Hardware Secrets.

3 Comments

Charles Kersey 04-03-2010, 17:21

I suggest you check out the Sony Handycam, HDR-CX100

pocket camcorder 15-10-2010, 20:11

I really needed a compact digital camera so I started doing a lot of investigation and at last decided on purchasing the the Ultra HD for the obvious reasons 2HRs, Removable batt, easy to use, reputation, and other reasons. As soon as I got back home I put the battery pack in, and exactly like all the testimonials said, it was actually great, took film of my dog, copied to my computer, produced a quick film, shipped to best friend to europe, all in less than 20 min from taking it out of the packet.

Bob Kimball 18-02-2011, 18:21

I really like thic video camera! Easy to use, nice quality of resolution. Transfer was seamless and it just seems to fit my hand well.

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