Usage & Testing
Getting the Picsio setup to use is very simple. The first thing you want to do is make sure that it is fully charged. The Picsio charges via USB so you can charge it from any desktop or computer, which is pretty convenient.
Once you have the Picsio all charged up you can go ahead and turn it on with the power button on the back. Once you have it on the LCD will turn on and show you what you are shooting, what shooting mode you are in and how much time you can shoot in the current mode. There is also a battery indicator in the bottom left. If you go into picture shooting mode you will be able to see how many photos you can take as well.
Shooting video with the Picsio is very easy just select your shooting mode and then hit the button in the center to start recording. Once you start recording there will be a timer that start in the upper right that will show you how long your recording is. The Picsio does have a 4x digital zoom so you can easily zoom in and out with the directional buttons. I noticed that the zoom is not as segmented as on other pocket camcorders that I’ve used before. If you hit the play button you are able to review your videos and photos. The video playback is good, but you are only looking at a 2-inch screen. The small speaker does work well for video playback.
So what does a video look like from the JVC Picsio? Well here is the first video shot in 1080p from a 17th floor balcony of a hotel I recently stayed at.
The next video was shot in 720p from my 23rd floor balcony at my apartment.
Below are 2 photos I took with the Picsio, while they are better than photos I took with previous pocket cameras a digital camera will still take much better photos.