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alaTest has collected and analyzed 501 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 appreciated. Some have doubts 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 ( review summary for JVC GC-FM1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of JVC GC-FM1 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the image quality and usability. The size and price are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability.

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71% of the reviews on 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

Mar, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for JVC GC-FM1


alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 user reviews of JVC GC-FM1 from 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 Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The price and portability also get good feedback. Many are less positive about the durability, while there are some mixed comments about the color and reliability.

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64% of the reviews on 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)

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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

Expert review by : Hardware Secrets (

JVC Picsio GC-FM1 Camcorder Review


Pocket sized camcorders like the JVC Piscio FM1 are very convenient. Although you won't get the optical zoom and image stabilization that you'd get with a full-size dedicated camcorder, you will get a lot of functionality. The Piscio takes very good...

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Ricky (

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.

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Tim Moynihan (

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...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Paul Ridden (

JVC enters HD pocket video market with 1080p capable PICSIO GC-FM1


With the release of its first pocket camcorder, the Picsio GC-FM1, JVC is no doubt hoping to chip away some of the success enjoyed by the Flip family. On paper JVC's effort appears to be a powerful little device - it produces full 1080p HD video, has...

The JVC camera gives the user a choice of HDMI or AV connections for TV output whereas the Flip MinoHD and UltraHD models are HDMI only. Like the Flip models though, the Picsio sports a color two inch viewing screen, outputs via USB 2.0 and records...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : Kaitlyn Chantry and Jeremy Stamas (



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

Oct, 2009

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 formats supported:AAC
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Wind filter: Yes

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific

Camcorder Features

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


Camcorder Type:Handheld camcorder


Color of product:Black / Blue / Purple

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in display:No / Yes
Display Diagonal:2
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


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC PICSIO

Image Sensor

Effective megapixels (image):8
Effective megapixels (movie):8
Optical sensor size:1 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total megapixels:8 / 8.17

Lens System

Digital Zoom:4
Image Stabilizer: Yes


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

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 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


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


HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:30 / 60
Maximum video resolution:1440 x 1080
Video compression format:MOV, AVC, MPEG4, H.264
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


Viewfinder Type: None

Weight & Dimensions