So the Everio does well for a camcorder built around a 1/6in CCD, and is a league above other camcorders aimed specifically at YouTube. However, where Creative’s Vado and Pure Digital’s Flip Video Ultra have their YouTube software built in, JVC still requires you to install its application from a CD. This comes in the form of CyberLink PowerCinema NE, an Everio-specific version of the Windows Media Center Edition lookalike.
PowerCinema NE provides a remote-friendly interface for browsing the videos and digital stills on your Everio camcorder, and the ability to back these up to your PC hard disk. The headline feature is of course the One Touch Upload to YouTube. However, for this to work you need to be shooting video in Upload mode to begin with. If you don’t do this, the footage you have shot won’t appear in the PowerCinema NE list.
When you plug the camcorder in via USB, four options appear on its LCD. But a single press of the Upload button calls up PowerCinema NE on the host PC and takes you straight to the YouTube Upload page, showing any videos on your camcorder shot in Upload mode. You can then select the video you want to upload, read a few terms and conditions, and enter your YouTube details and categorisation. The video will then be uploaded for you. However, once the camcorder is connected to the PC, further presses of the One Touch Upload button do nothing, and videos which haven’t been shot in Upload mode can’t be sent to YouTube anywhere near as easily.
Compared to the built-in software of the Vado and Flip Video Ultra, the JVC Everio GZ-MS100’s YouTube connectivity is much more of a gimmick. Most regular camcorders could provide almost the same functionality with a copy of Roxio Buzz. But that doesn’t stop it being a decent little camcorder for the money. Its video quality beats other YouTube oriented models hands down, and even gives other similarly-priced models a run for their money. But JVC’s own Everio GZ-MG330 is almost the same price, offers identical image quality, yet comes with a 30GB hard disk on board. So unless you need the lightness of the SD memory format and One Touch YouTube abilities, the heavier MG330 is better value.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7