JVC HD Everio GZ-EX215 - Manual Controls, Image Quality and Verdict

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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.
JVC HD Everio GZ-EX215
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.

Verdict

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.

Score in detail

  • Design 8
  • Image Quality 7
  • Features 8
  • Value 10
  • Perfomance 7

Image Processor

Image Sensor 1/5.8in back-illuminated CMOS with 1.5Mpixels
Image Sensor Quantity 1

Lens Features

Optical Zoom (Times) 40x
Digital Zoom (Times) 200x

Video Recording

Recording Media SD card
Video Capture Format AVCHD and MP4
Max Video Res 1920 x 1080
Image Stabilisation Advanced Image Stabilisation

General Features

LCD Screen Size (Inch) 3in
On-board Storage (Gigabyte) NGB
On-board Microphone Stereo

A/V ports

HDMI Yes
USB 2.0 Yes
Audio / Video Out Yes
Audio / Video In No
External Microphone No

Physical Specifications

Weight (Gram) 235g
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