PIC­SIO WA­TER­PROOF CAM­CORDER

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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.

JEN­NIFER DUD­LEY-NI­CHOL­SON

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