PICSIO WATERPROOF CAMCORDER
JVC, $349, jvc.com.au
THE newest JVC PICSIO pocket camcorder offers something different in the crowded Christmas market: it’s beach-friendly.
Waterproof to a depth of three metres, its plastic body is rugged enough that it should withstand knocks. That body is a little on the beefy side for a pocket-sized camera, but it packs four tough buttons down one side and a lockable panel on the other that hides an SD card slot, TV and HDMI connections and a USB port.
Its nerve hub is a 3-inch touchscreen that shows menus, options and, in its top third, video footage. This layout lets users film widescreen video in upright comfort.
This PICSIO camera can record full highdefinition video and has more options than most pocket video cameras.
These include time-lapse video, basic effects such as sepia video capture, and the ability to take 5-megapixel photos, albeit in a separate mode.
JVC has also added face detection and image stabilisation for sharp results.
Those results are respectable for a 147g camera rig and evidence of its full HD resolution can be seen on a big screen.
Unfortunately, video quality can be mixed, its image stabilisation has only a modest effect, and users are well advised not to use its 4x digital zoom to avoid blurry results.
This camera’s lack of autofocus also hurts its appeal, as close-ups are out.
Beachgoers and holidaymakers looking to capture their summer escapes on video should appreciate this camera’s waterfriendly nature, however, and extra features boost its appeal.