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JVC Everio GZ-MS100

>> Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Even as small as the MS100 is, it's very comfortable to use and does look and feel nice, despite being entirely plastic. The battery takes up most of the back there's just enough room for the record start or stop button to the right of it. On top are the zoom rocker and a snapshot button. You cannot take stills while shooting video, but instead need to flip a tiny switch on the left side of the body.

(Photos are 640x480 and are typical quality for SD camcorders good enough for the Web at small sizes, barely.) Above that switch sits a button to flip between play and record, and below it is one for changing out of Auto mode to Manual.

Then there is the ballyhooed one touch Upload button and its partner Direct DVD button. This one button YouTube upload, though, really just connects, transcodes, and uploads via the bundled Cyberlink software (Windows only).

It certainly doesn't relieve you of having to be in front of your computer to keep the process moving start to finish. This is not really any different than the MS100's competitors, except in that some of them have the software built into the camcorder so you don't have to worry about where the software's installed. Then there are the Laser Touch controls.

Down the left side of the flip out 2.7 inch LCD is a touch sensitive strip that sort of takes the place of a joystick or directional pad. However, those generally have five directions used for selecting things. The strip, while responsive and pretty it lights up a brilliant blue when stroked only handles scrolling up and down, or for adjusting focus, exposure, and shutter speed in Manual mode.

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