The original Picsio pocket camcorder from JVC was good, but tiny buttons and awkward controls held it back. So what better way to address the issues than ditching buttons completely in favour for a touchscreen?
JVC has two new Picsio models - the GC-WP10 and GC-FM2, both due to hit Australian shelves in October for $329 and $279 respectively. The WP10 is the more interesting of the two, being waterproof to 3 metres and shockproof thanks to a ruggedised casing, while the FM2 features the same internals without the active lifestyle design.
Both models feature a 3-inch touchscreen, record 1920x1080 video at 25fps and take 5MP still shots. Like the original Picsio, they include a digital image stabiliser, an SDHC card slot and HDMI output. Both new models also add face detection and time-lapse recording modes. As well as being able to record using the touchscreen controls, there's a dedicated record button on the side of the device, letting you film in landscape mode.
Considering the competitiveness of this market, JVC seems to have really lifted their game, especially with the WP10 launching in time for summer. Although I bet none of you are as happy as those kids in that video...