JVC’s Picsio GC-FM1 pocket high-definition (HD) camcorder is loaded with features and has stellar image quality. The Picsio GC-FM1 shoots 1080p video, has digital image stabilization, landscape/macro toggle, the ability to shoot still photos at 8-megapixel resolution, an HDMI-out port for viewing footage on an HDTV, and an SDHC card slot for storing videos and still images.
The Picsio GC-FM1 produces both great video and image quality in well-lit environments. Colors produced by the Picsio GC-FM1 look alive and vibrant. And the Picsio GC-FM1’s audio quality is pretty darn good with the help of an on-board microphone.
The 4X digital zoom works smoothly, and full-zoom footage looks notably better than most other pocket camcorders on the market. The landscape/macro toggle on the left side of the camcorder also works well, and the macro mode works at a close distance, which is helpful for wide shots.
The Picsio GC-FM1’s has a flashy, reflective faceplate, ribbed silver edges, and colorful back panel housed by lightweight plastic. It’s extremely light for a pocket camcorder, lighter than any other cam device I’ve tested, which is nice for carrying.
On the device, you get a power button, a playback button, a delete button, a still/video toggle, a menu button, and a four-way navigation pad/record button that also controls the Picsio GC-FM1’s 4X digital zoom. You can toggle between the 1080p, 720p, VGA, and QVGA resolutions by tapping the left navigation button twice while the camcorder is in recording mode. You can also adjust the time display, toggle between the PAL and NTSC formats for video-out, check your firmware version, or format your SDHC card.
The Picsio GC-FM1’s video quality in good lighting is stellar, and its highlight definition is a strong part of the FM1’s offering. The build quality, while lightweight, seems durable and extremely portable. And the buttons, audio quality, and controls make the Picsio GC-FM1 a winner.