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JVC PICSIO GC-FM1 Pocket Camcorder Review
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Written by Danrok   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 16:34

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The pocket Internet camcorder has clearly made a huge impression on the market. Whilst the big names continued to release updated versions of essentially the same concept they had been manufacturing for decades, Flip and its ilk rewrote the rulebook from a more mobile phone-oriented perspective. Now, however, mainstream camcorder makers are starting to do more than just pay lip service to this new trend by merely including YouTube upload software with their models. They are beginning to release products taking the best elements of the Flip UltraHD or Creative Vado HD, but adding more features. Our first taste of these new potential Flip killers is JVC’s PICSIO GC-FM1.

The main differentiation between the PICSIO and its pocket Internet foe is that it shoots 1080p video rather than 720p. This isn’t Full HD, however, with the resolution being an anamorphic 1,440 x 1,080, as with HDV and some AVCHD formats, recorded at 30 frames/sec. The FM1 also offers 720p at 60 frames/sec, plus VGA at 60 frames/sec, and even 320 x 240 at 30 frames/sec. There is only 34MB of storage on board, so you will need to factor in an SDHC card. At the top resolution, video is recorded at a respectable 12Mbits/sec, meaning you can fit around 10 minutes of footage per GB of storage. The video is compressed using H.264, so the top data rate is relatively generous for 1,440 x 1,080 footage.

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