The JVC HD Everio's Narrow Focus

Despite its compact size and solid features, the HD Everio is better suited to the amateur videographer than the average consumer

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Well-placed controls and a wealth of manual adjustment features

The Bad: Controls not intuitive for novice users; poorly lit indoor scenes hard to capture with auto-record

The Bottom Line: Compact size and fine features notwithstanding, it's not well suited to mainstream consumers

With HDTVs selling at a fast clip, it's a given that consumer-electronics companies will look to capture that segment of the audience that wants to view life's images in all their high-definition glory. Already, the camcorder field is growing crowded with devices that can record HD video and still photos on internal hard-disk drives.

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