There’s plenty of quality under the hood as well. The FM2 is built around a large 1/3.2in CMOS sensor with 5.13-megapixels, which is on par with the sensors in high-end HD camcorders. Unlike most pocket Internet camcorders, which generally only offer one recording format, the FM2 has a plethora of options. The headline act is Full HD at 1,920 x 1,080 and 25 frames/sec, but you can also capture 720p at 50 frames/sec, and iFrame or QHD at 960 x 540 at 25 frames/sec. You even have the option to make time-lapse recordings with intervals of 0.5 seconds, 5 seconds and 40 seconds. It shoots still images at 2,592 x 1,944 and 1,920 1,440, so both are 4:3 orientation.
Video and images are recorded to removable SDHC flash memory, and there’s no storage integrated into the device itself. With the top video format using a fairly healthy 12.5Mbits/sec, a 4GB card will be enough for a little under 45 minutes of footage. The FM2 also supports Eye-Fi SDHC cards, which combine Wi-Fi networking with Flash memory, allowing you to share your video and photos wirelessly. Under the same flap as the SDHC slot is a mini HDMI socket and AV minijack.
We never expect pocket Internet camcorders to excel in performance, due to their small, fixed-focus lenses. But the FM2 at least outperforms its competitors. Thanks to the Full HD video resolution, there’s plenty of detail, although the image is nowhere near as sharp as higher-end Full HD camcorders. Colours are reasonably faithful, and the camcorder deals quite well with highly contrasted lighting. Thanks to the Touch AE facility, you can compensate for underexposed foregrounds when shooting against a bright sky, too.
With its large CMOS sensor, the FM2 also promises good performance in low light, and the camcorder does indeed excel in this area compared to other models in this class. The pocket Internet camcorders already do better than you would expect for their price, but the FM2 shoots bright footage at lower levels of illumination than the Flip Video MinoHD Second Generation, and indeed any other camcorders at this price, although colours aren’t entirely accurate.