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JVC GC-FM1

alaTest has collected and analyzed 464 reviews of JVC GC-FM1. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed opinions about the finish. Many are negative about the durability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GC-FM1 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for JVC GC-FM1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of JVC GC-FM1 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the image quality and usability are generally positive. The size and price also get good feedback, whereas there are some negative views about the reliability.

portability, price, size, usability, image quality

reliability

71% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC PICSIO GC-FM1V Pocket Memory Camcorder - Purple PassionJVC PICSIO GC-FM1V Pocket Memory Camcorder - Purple Passion

Oct, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for JVC GC-FM1

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 user reviews of JVC GC-FM1 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and size. The price and portability are also appreciated, but there are some negative views about the durability. There are mixed comments on the color and reliability.

usability, portability, price, size, design

durability

64% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC PICSIO GC-FM1A HD Camcorder (Brilliant Blue)JVC PICSIO GC-FM1A HD Camcorder (Brilliant Blue)

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Gavin Stoker (pocket-lint.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 camcorder - Pocket-lint

 

Looking like an accessory from a P Diddy video - before the recession prompted an abrupt halt to the flouting of bling - JVC's oddly named Picsio is outwardly

Cool design, lightweight and compact, HDMI connectivity offered alongside AV and USB out, memory expandable via (optional) SD or SDHC cards

Mono microphone and speaker, screen visibility compromised when cropped to ape 16:9 widescreen ratio, no convenient flip out USB arm offered as on some competitors

Available in a garish pink, blue or much more attractive black, as with any mobile sized camcorder, users shouldn't expect quality to match that from a camcorder with a larger lens, optical zoom and a price tag five times as much. That said, viewed in...

Mar, 2010

Expert review by: James Morris (trustedreviews.com)

JVC PICSIO GC-FM1 Pocket Camcorder

 

JVC enters the growing pocket camcorder market with its PICSIO GC-FM1. James tries it out.

Despite its superior video resolution and digital camera capabilities, the PICSIO is actually considerably smaller than the Flip UltraHD, and slightly shorter even than the Creative Vado HD. But it doesn’t have a built-in USB plug, instead relying on a...

May, 2011

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcadvisor.co.uk)

JVC GC-FM1 review

 

But unfortunately for the JVC GC-FM1, pocket-camcorder championships aren't won on paper.

All in all, the JVC GC-FM1 costs too much to recommend, considering its shortcomings compared with the Kodak Zi8. Its video quality in good lighting is among the best we've seen, and its highlight definition is a strong suit. However, the build...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Tech Digest (techdigest.tv)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 – Review

 

Name: Picsio GC-FM1 (JVC) Type: Ultra-compact camcorder Specs: Camera: 8 Megapixel 1/3.2" CMOS image sensor, 4x digital zoom, digital image stabiliser Recording media: SD/SDHC Card (not provided) Screen: 2.0" Colour LCD Video Recording: Mode 1080p:...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (goodgearguide.com.au)

JVC GC-FM1 HD pocket camcorder

 

The GC-FM1 HD shoots great bright-light video, but is hampered by its build, finicky controls and execution of marquee features

Excellent video in optimum lighting, good 4x digital zoom and macro mode

Poor low-light performance, cheap plastic finish, too expensive for what it offers

The JVC GC-FM1 HD pocket camcorder shoots some of the best bright-light video we've seen, but it's hampered by its plastic build, its finicky controls, and the execution of its marquee features.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Tim Moynihan (pcworld.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1

 

Update (10/28/09): An earlier version of this review noted that the JVC CG-FM1 doesn't have video-resolution adjustment options. In fact, you can toggle between the 1080p, 720p, VGA, and QVGA resolutions by tapping the left navigation button twice...

Very good 1080p footage in bright light ; Landscape/macro toggle

Cheap-feeling plastic build ; Limited and finicky controls

The JVC GC-FM1 HD pocket camcorder shoots some of the best bright-light video we've seen, but it's hampered by its plastic build, its finicky controls, and the execution of its marquee features.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Brian Heater (pcmag.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1

 

The Picsio GC-FM1 ($199.95 direct) represents JVC's entry into the rapidly growing pocket camcorder market. The company didn't exactly rush into the space that Creative, Kodak, RCA, Sony, and countless others flocked to, each producing its own...

Attractive, compact design. Records 1440-by-1080p HD video. 8-megapixel still-image capture. HDMI out

No USB Arm, charges via cable. Very low-quality speaker. Lacks external microphone. Subpar still images

In the ever-evolving pocket camcorder realm, JVC's Picsio GC-FM1 is hardly a game-changer, but a slick design and a robust feature set including HD video and 8-megapixel still-image capture make it a solid choice.

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Digital Camcorder Review

 

When jumping into a crowded market, especially one with a couple of strong players in the lead, a company has to work hard to distinguish its entries from the field. ...

Sep, 2010

Expert review by: Kaitlyn Chantry and Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Camcorder Review

 

The newly announced JVC Picsio GC-FM1 (MSRP $199) arrives on the camcorder market with a bit less glitz than the metallic surface it sports. At first glance, the Picsio is just another Flip clone, trying to carve a piece out of the ultracompact...

In many ways, the JVC Picsio GC-FM1 (MSRP $199) comes as a disappointment. It's easy to use and has impressive video quality-better than the other ultracompacts we've tested. This is due, in large part, to the impressive high resolution sensor and the...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by: Jeff Bordeaux (gadgetreview.com)

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Pocket HD Video Camera Review

 

Nowadays everybody should have a pocket camcorder.  They're fun, easy to use, and totally affordable.  JVC's first foray into that arena arrives by way of the Picsio GC-FM1.  The Picsio, in which I will refer to is as from here on in, is extremely...

Lightweight and pretty ; Solid looking 1080p footage ; Easy file transfer

No LED Spotlight ; Lacking instruction manual and UI menus ; Shaky image stability

Apr, 2010

Product Specifications

GC-FM1 is the pocket-sized HD memory camera so that you can put it in your pocket and get going. Without any confusing or hustle, you can shoot HD video and show them beautifully with HDMI connection...

Audio

Audio formats supported:AAC
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture

Camera

Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder

Design

Colour of product:Black / Blue / Purple

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:1.7cm
Height:9.7cm
Weight:95g
Width:5.3cm

Display

Built-in Display:No / Yes
Display:LCD
Display diagonal:5.08
Display resolution (numeric):115000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2in
Diagonal Size (metric):5.1cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:GC-FM1
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC PICSIO

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8
Effective megapixels (movie):8
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:8 / 8.17

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Image stabilizer: Yes
Type:Lens

Miscellaneous

Colour:Black ice

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Image Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

Audio output:1
Auto Focus: Yes
Interface:HDMI(Mini), AV out, USB 2.0/1.1
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Cables included:AV, USB

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
HDMI: Yes
HDMI Version:1.3
Mini HDMI ports quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1

Still image

Image formats supported:JPG
Maximum image resolution:3264 x 2448
Still image resolution(s):3264 x 2448, 2592 x 1944, 640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1600 x 1200,2592 x 1944,3264 x 2448

Storage

Camcorder media type:Memory Card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Disc types supported: No

Video

HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Maximum Video Resolution:1440 x 1080
Video formats supported:MOV, AVC, MPEG4, H.264
Video Resolutions:1280 x 720,640 x 480,1440 x 1080,320 x 240

Video Input

Digital Video Format:H.264
Digital Zoom:4
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.7
Height :9.7
Weight:95
Width:5.3