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JVC Picsio GC-WP10 Review

[easyazon-image-link asin=”B003Z6QHSK” alt=”JVC Picsio GC-WP10 Waterproof Pocket Video Camera (Blue) NEWEST VERSION” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51oEJGNH-xL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”91″ height=”160″]If you’re not familiar with the JVC Picsio GC-WP10, it’s a pocket video camera with waterproof capabilities. It is becoming an extremely popular choice with consumers, especially those around water. We purchased one of these awhile back and felt the need to share our experience with you.

Below you will find tons of information on the JVC Picsio GC-WP10. Some of it is good, some of it is bad, but the goal is to help you decide whether or not it’s the right fit for you and your family.

The Size

One of the major benefits surrounding the JVC Picsio GC-WP10 has to be the size. We purchased it based on this need, because it allows you to easily fit the camera in your pocket. We will say it’s a little heavy though. Even though it can fit in our pockets nicely, you definitely feel like you’re being weighted down a bit.

The specs on this video camera is 2.4 x 4 x 1 inches; 5.1 ounces. Others might believe it’s extremely lightweight, but we thought otherwise. The positive side to this was that we never felt we lost it, which frequently happens with lighter versions.

The Screen and Video

Another benefit has to be the touch screen. Whenever you are using the camera, there is no need to worry about hitting buttons freely. This 3″ touch panel with icon graphics and large playback picture also comes with a screen lock. Since you have the ability to utilize color controls, the overall quality of the picture is immaculate.

However, there are some cases where the clarity is a little off. When we first purchased the JVC Picsio GC-WP10, the indoor shot was much different from an outdoor one. Even if you know the basics of any camera, we all know the importance of lighting.

When it comes to viewing your videos, we do recommend getting out from under direct sunlight. If it’s too bright you can have a difficult time seeing your video play. We don’t consider this a major issue (since all cameras are like this), but it is something worth noting.

The best part is that your videos come in HD format. So, if you have an HD television in your home, you understand the importance of this type of quality.

The Waterproof Benefit

Often times we hear about great waterproof products that turn out to be falty. Since you can’t really test the waterproof benefits in a store, we had to travel to the local pool and see how it works. Our family loves swimming on a hot summer day, so it was easy to figure out whether or not this benefit held any weight.

Granted, I didn’t dunk the JVC Picsio GC-WP10 under water, but we were able to get it wet. Taking videos while in the pool and watching the kids try to splash me with water was great! The good news is; we’re still using this video camera today. Since there is a difference between waterproof and water resistant, it’s probably not a good idea to submerge it into the water.

Battery Life

Probably one of the most interesting tests we did was on the battery life. We took a weekend trip down to Lake Cumberland (in Kentucky), and left it off the charger. The first day we were there it worked fine without any hiccups. In fact, the life of the battery seemed like forever.

Once it reached its final hour, we went ahead and recharged it. When we used it the second time on the trip, it didn’t have nearly as much battery life. Does this mean the product isn’t worth buying? No, actually it means the way the battery is charged needs to be changed.

We experimented with different options and finally figured out it really depends on the hard drive of the camera and the gigabytes. It’s a good idea to get the 32gb SDHC card as well as a new power adapter. The more memory it uses, the harder the battery works, so keep this in mind.

The End Result

Overall, we consider this to be one of the best purchases we ever made. It’s understandable there are minor issues along the way, but with a little effort you can overcome every single one of them. In our minds, the JVC Picsio GC-WP10 is definitely a smart buy.

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