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alaTest has collected and analyzed 621 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the design and image quality. The value for money and portability also get good opinions, whereas some have doubts about the finish and battery.

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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 86/100 = Very good quality.

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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.

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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.

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JVC Picsio GC-FM1 (black)


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. JVC successfully manages that with its debut product, the Picsio...

Nice size; macro mode; electronic image stabilization; takes SDHC cards

Garish-looking design with hard-to-use buttons; lame software

The JVC GC-FM1's impractical design and poor software hobble an otherwise competent mini camcorder competitor.


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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. ...

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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...

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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

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JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Camcorder Review


Review of the JVC Picsio GC-FM1 pocket camcorder, an inexpensive HD camcorder that came to compete with the popular The Flip.

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Review Of JVC Picsio GC-FM1 (Purple)


Camcorders are not as popular as mobile phones or even laptops, you wont purchase a camcorder more than once or twice in your life, unless you are some crazy shutter bug freak who buys a camcorder as soon as something with better hard ware is...

Nice video, photo quality, support for SDHC cards, sleek

Poor design, buttons are too hard, poor bundled software

JVC Picsio is good at video and photo quality but nothing else on this device is worth noticing. We would say there are better alternatives than this in the market. A good alternative to this camera is Kodak Zi8 Pocket Video Camera.

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Review: JVC Picsio GC-FM1 pocket HD camcorder


On paper, JVC's Picsio GC-FM1 pocket HD camcorder is loaded. But pocket-camcorder championships aren't won on paper, they're won on-screen and in your hands

The Picsio GC-FM1 shoots 1080p video and has digital image stabilization, two positive distinguishing factors in the now-crowded HD pocket camcorder market. This pocket HD camcorder has a landscape/macro toggle, the ability to shoot still photos at...

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Impressive video quality, but with a body design that lacks durability and reliability

Good color accuracy; Clear, bright image in low light; Great sharpness for its class

Poorly designed, exposed ports

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 Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC PICSIO

Lens System



Color:Black ice/Purple passion/Steel blue

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2 / 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 Stabilizer:Electronic

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Type: None