There is a selection of AE/AF touch modes on offer, too, including face tracking, colour tracking, and area select. Strangely, however, only two scene modes are available - the Nightalive night mode and Spotlight. Also annoying is the position of the backlight compensation and tele macro settings, on the second page of the menu, making them slow to get to. There's a built-in LED video light as well, though. It's not very powerful, with a range of just a few metres, but it could come in handy occasionally. There's a time lapse mode, which can record a frame at intervals of between 1 and 80 seconds, but no option to shoot high speed video for a slow motion effect. You can also set the camera to record automatically when it detects motion - potentially useful for capturing an animal entering its lair (light permitting), or a thief entering your home.
Despite its modest abilities in many areas, the E205 still manages to achieve generally commendable video quality. Colour reproduction is good in bright lighting, but if you study the image closely you can spot a mild lack of detail compared to the best camcorders on the market. In poor illumination, the image is surprisingly bright and colourful, though. The auto white balance isn't always spot on, but the back-side illuminated sensor is clearly working its magic here. Overall, the E205 provides good video quality for the money, especially in low light, which is the main necessity for a budget point-and-shoot camcorder.
The JVC HD Everio GZ-E205 doesn't have any unique abilities like the wifi features of the HD Everio GZ-EX215. It's rather limited when it comes to user control, too. But it's also able to produce good video quality for the money, and the massive optical zoom puts candy-bar camcorders to shame. So this is not a groundbreaker, but still a great value budget camcorder.