The EX215 is pretty limited when it comes to manual controls. JVC hasn’t made its usual level of functionality available here, with no iris or shutter settings on hand, nor even a basic brightness option. In fact, there isn't a separate manual mode at all. Instead, a quartet of more automated touch priority settings are supplied, including face detection, colour tracking, area selection and even pet tracking. Indeed, there’s a whole separate pet mode especially for those who like to make videos of their furry friends.
Image quality is relatively mediocre as well. In the best conditions, there’s a slight lack of detail if you look closely at the picture, but colour reproduction is good. The image remains reasonably bright down to relatively low levels of illumination, but the white balance is a little off and there’s further loss of detail, although video noise isn’t particularly evident. Overall, performance is competitive for a camcorder in this price range, but not exceptional.
The HD Everio GZ-EX215 is another curious mix from JVC. On the one hand it's a low-end camcorder with reasonable but not outstanding image quality, and somewhat limited manual configuration. But on the other hand, the wireless facilities are unique and mostly work well, once you have waded through the complicated setup screens. Fortunately, with a price that’s well under £300, you’re not paying a huge premium for the latter. So if you do fancy a budget camcorder that can masquerade as a sophisticated wireless surveillance device, the EX215 has some pretty unique capabilities.