As with all pocket Internet camcorders, the device itself is only a portion of the product. Cunningly concealed in the base of the unit is a USB 2.0 plug which slides out using a switch on the bottom. It doesn’t protrude very much when fully extended, but JVC also includes an extension lead for this in the box. The software itself is somewhat unusual, starting with its name. Called LoiLoScope EX, this application has a strangely freeform interface, where you can drag elements around and zoom in and out.
The range of software features is extensive, and more than other pocket Internet camcorders. You can trim your clips, create titles, and add complex effects. The latter include brightness adjustment and fancy filters like mosaic, and each one has considerable range of parameters available. The output options are similarly comprehensive, with the ability to upload directly to Facebook and Vimeo as well as YouTube.
The pocket Internet camcorder phenomenon felt like a passing fad when it first arrived, and there’s no doubt it will be consumed by smartphones sooner or later. But, for now, the devices are developing, and gaining new features to improve the quality of point-and-shoot instant Internet upload videomaking. With its touch-exposure, image stabilisation and Full HD resolution, the JVC PICSIO GC-FM2 is currently the most fully featured pocket Internet camcorder on the market. Even though its £160 price is a little much, considering you still need to add your own memory card, if you’re after a camcorder in this format, it’s the most capable example yet.