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New waterproof 1080p JVC Picsio Pocket Video Camera

New waterproof 1080p JVC Picsi...
JVC's new Picsio GC-WP10 is IPX8 certified waterproof and records up to 1080p high def video at 30fps
JVC's new Picsio GC-WP10 is IPX8 certified waterproof and records up to 1080p high def video at 30fps
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The GC-WP10 pocket cam records up to full 1080p high definition video at 30 frames per second progressive with digital image stabilization and 4x digital zoom
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The GC-WP10 pocket cam records up to full 1080p high definition video at 30 frames per second progressive with digital image stabilization and 4x digital zoom
The GC-WP10 can also snap 5 megapixel still images
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The GC-WP10 can also snap 5 megapixel still images
To the rear of the GC-WP10 is a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display where shots are framed and menus accessed
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To the rear of the GC-WP10 is a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display where shots are framed and menus accessed
JVC's new Picsio GC-WP10 is IPX8 certified waterproof and records up to 1080p high def video at 30fps
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JVC's new Picsio GC-WP10 is IPX8 certified waterproof and records up to 1080p high def video at 30fps
The GC-FM2 shares many of the features of the GC-WP10 and also benefits from a pop-out USB connector
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The GC-FM2 shares many of the features of the GC-WP10 and also benefits from a pop-out USB connector
The GC-FM2 comes in a choice of three colors
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The GC-FM2 comes in a choice of three colors
The GC-FM2 also has a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display taking up much of the camera's rear
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The GC-FM2 also has a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display taking up much of the camera's rear
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JVC has long been a major force in hand-held camcorders, but last year turned its attention to the world of pocket-cams with the release of the Picsio GC-FM1 which offered full 1080p high definition video and 8 megapixel stills. Now the company has added a couple more models to its Picsio range, the waterproof GC-WP10 and the GC-FM2.

Both of the new Picsio pocket video cameras share many of the same features. The GC-FM2 and the GC-WP10 both record up to full 1080p high definition video, can take 5 megapixel stills and have touchscreen displays taking up much of the rear.

Of the two, the most interesting is undoubtedly Picsio GC-WP10, which caters for the pool-bound tourist (or even those who just enjoy the rain) with waterproof capabilities down to 10 feet (3m). The pocket cam records up to full 1080p high definition video at 30 frames per second with digital image stabilization and has a 5 megapixel CMOS sensor which boasts "excellent low-light performance."

To the rear of the GC-WP10 is a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display where shots are framed and menus accessed
To the rear of the GC-WP10 is a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display where shots are framed and menus accessed

Dominating the rear of the 2.36 x 3.97 x 0.98-inch (60 x 101 x 25mm) WP10 is a 3-inch, 230,000 dot resolution touchscreen display. Other features include face detection, time-lapse recording, in-camera editing and the welcome inclusion of SDXC card support. Connectivity is provided by HDMI-out as well as USB and compatibility with Eye-Fi's Wi-Fi enabled SD cards offers wireless file transfer options. There's a headphone jack for private playback and the facility to record stereo MP3 audio.

The pocket cam comes with onboard LoiLoScope EX for Windows software that is said to offer quick, intuitive editing with numerous special effects and direct upload to sharing sites like YouTube and Facebook. The software can launch as soon as the computer detects a connected Picsio and Apple fanboys will no doubt be pleased to learn that the camera is also compatible with iMovie and offers the option to record to iFrame format.

As for the GC-FM2, apart from not being able to record MP3 audio and the lack of a headphone socket, its feature set is almost the same as the WP10. It's not waterproof though and doesn't offer face detection but does sport a handy pop-out USB connector. Both pocket video cameras are charged via USB, although there is an optional AC charger available.

The GC-FM2 comes in a choice of three colors
The GC-FM2 comes in a choice of three colors

The GC-WP10 available in late September for US$199.95 and the GC-FM2 is already listed on JVC's online store in a choice of three colors, although won't actually be available until early September for US$179.95

JVC Picsio Pocket Cameras - GC-FM2 & GC-WP10

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2 comments
mharo
I don\'t recall it saying the length of video this camera will take. At it\'s highest video resolution, how many minutes/hours can you take with this camera? Is it waterproof as is or is there another waterproof enclosure that this camera goes into?
Stuart Anderson
@ mharo, The recording time is dependent on the size of SD card installed. See the specifications here: http://picsio.jvc.com/specifications/index.html