JVC has never been afraid to do things a little differently from other mainstream camcorder manufacturers. The JVC HD Everio GZ-EX215 incorporates Wi-Fi connectivity, but uses it in a rather different way to the other wirelessly enabled camcorder we have reviewed, Canon's LEGRIA HF M52. Where the latter can moonlight as a DLNA home media server, JVC has a broader and more varied range of options for the EX215's Wi-Fi.
For a start, where Canon's model must be set up to sit on an existing wireless network, the EX215 can act as a standalone wireless access point, allthough not one which can form a bridge to another network. You set the EX215 into the Direct Access mode, where it creates its own wireless network, then connect another device to the local wireless network it creates, entering the passcode provided. This mode is designed to be used in tandem with the Everio Sync app, which is a free download for iOS or Android.
Once the app is communicating with the camcorder, you can see what the camcorder sees on the screen of the mobile device. You can also operate the camcorder's zoom, take snapshots, and hit record. In the latter two cases, the media is recorded to the camcorder's memory, not the mobile device. You can also browse the photos and videos stored on the camcorder's memory, and play the videos back on the mobile device's screen. It's pretty impressive stuff, and has loads of potential uses - for example, when recording a video blog or other piece where you are the subject and there's no separate camera operator available.
But that's only the beginning for the EX215's wireless abilities, although the remaining facilities are a little more complicated to set up. You can also connect the camcorder to an existing wireless network that is hooked up to the Internet. Then, you will really need to know the exact details of your email account as these must all be entered on the camcorder's menu, including the port number if this is non-standard. But it's worth it, because EX215 will then allow two particularly fun features.