Cute little underwater digital video camera
The video is decent, though it does suffer when there is a lack of lighting. The microphone does pick up some sound while in the housing. If you make any sort of noise through your snorkel it'll pick it up, it'll pick up your breathing through the regulator and it'll pick up swishing noises from the water.
List of available accessories is far smaller than the competition
If you're in the market for an adventure cam, there are three reasons to consider the JVC Adixxion over the competition: its on-board LCD, the waterproof core, and its simple interface. The Adixxion won't get you video that looks as good as what the GoPro, Contour+2, or Sony Action Cam are capable of, and it doesn't have nearly as many features or controls, but it should fulfill the basic needs required by adventure-cam seekers.
Good high-def video capture at 1080p
To sum things up, the XA1's 1080p video that we shot and played back on a HD monitor was good, but not the best, sharpest video we have seen from a POV action cam (like the HD Ghost). Some of our still images seemed a bit soft, especially with distant subjects. This might be due to the single focus lens, or the modest 5MP resolution. The built-in Wi-Fi mode is awesome, allowing us to stream video to our smartphone or PC computer. On the downside, we can't view and record at the same time.
Full HD resolution
The pocket Internet camcorder phenomenon felt like a passing fad when it first arrived, and there's no doubt it will be consumed by smartphones sooner or later. But, for now, the devices are developing, and gaining new features to improve the quality of point-and-shoot instant Internet upload videomaking. With its touch-exposure, image stabilisation and Full HD resolution, the JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 is currently the most fully featured pocket Internet camcorder on the market.
Easy to use
The impression given by the JVC GC-FM2 is that this is a product that has been engineered to hit a certain budget price point, and look a certain way, rather than innovate in its own right. But so what? It's fun despite its limitations of noisy video and blurry stills, and will be a hit with kids as well as adults. Incidentally, for extreme sports fans, a waterproofed version in the GC-WP10 is currently available at a suggested retail price of £229.99.
The Toshiba Camileo B10 has a few more features than many pocket Internet camcorders, particularly the fun time lapse and slow motion options, but image quality is decidedly mediocre. Fortunately, the pricing is also middling at under Â£100. So whilst this isn't a particularly groundbreaking model, with nothing to single it out for special attention from the crowd, it is at least good value.
Subpar low-light performance
If the Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
Good choice for budget-minded people
If the Toshiba Camileo B10 were more solidly built, and would simply start up each time we pressed the Power button, we'd have considered it a good choice for budget-minded people who do a lot of full-light shooting. As is, we think most shoppers should give it a pass. If you are thinking of buying this camcorder, make sure you get a solid money-back guarantee and put this unit through its paces during the refund period.
The GE DV1 frustrated us from the moment we took it out of the box, but there were a few things that we liked about the camcorder as well. Let's start with the bad: the camcorder has a clumsy design, poor video performance, confusing controls, bad buttons, and a terrible instruction manual. We found the port covers to be difficult to open and the built-in USB arm was a particular challenge to extract.
Easy to use.
When it comes to camcorders that can be tossed into the water or survive a fall onto the concrete without shattering, your choices are pretty limited so the DV1 doesn't have many direct competitors to compare it to. That said, it's more rugged and can be dunked deeper than Kodak's PlaySport Zx3 (cheaper too), but doesn't offer Kodak's video quality or feature set. So if you need a bare-bones camcorder for a trip to the beach or an outdoor adventure, the DV1 is a good option.
Other than its waterproof design and a basic interval record feature, the GC-WP10 has nothing to offer that we haven't seen before. Its video performance wasn't bad, but the camcorder handled so poorly and had such a confusing interface that it consistently disappointed us. Perhaps the GC-WP10's sister-model, the Picsio GC-FM2, will fare better in our testing, but we're not counting on it. At least it is a bit cheaper with its $179 price tag.
It is cheap but simply not worth it...
In summary: It does not record sound decently, the image quality is average and you will prefer taking pics with your other digital photographic camera. You will end up with dark photos, blurry recordings with no conversation and a lot of wind noise. So it is cheap, but what is the point?
Editing software built into internal memory
With this generation, JVC has taken the pocket Internet camcorder format and enhanced it with some of the qualities of full fat models. The PICSIO GC-FM2 was the best example yet of the genre, but the PICSIO GC-WP10A takes the same set of features and encases them in a waterproof shell.
Sturdy build quality
Although the WP10 puts in a solid performance, there are plenty of cheaper camcorders around that offer a similar performance. However, it does have a slight edge thanks to its reassuringly sturdy build quality and its resistance to water, making this a good choice for fans of sports that involve snow or water, and also for people that are just plain clumsy.
various color schemes
The Kodak Zx1 is a pocketable HD camcorder for the snowboarder set, with a slick, durable design to go along with its decent performance. The Kodak Zx1 is a pocketable HD camcorder for the snowboarder set, with a slick, durable design to go along with its decent performance. The third-generation Vado HD has the widest-angle lens of any HD pocket camcorder, as well as exposure controls, great low-light video quality, and a sub-$200 price.
We liked the variety of shooting options on the ZX1 and its compact yet durable design. We would?ve liked to have seen more on-board memory or the provision of at least a modest SD card in the box, however. And while the footage we took looked good, we found the controls rather fiddly and their purpose not clearly marked. A better zoom would have boosted the good-looking Kodak?s score.
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