Best optical zoom on market I could find. Wifi feature awesome. Extended battery available. Has motion activated feature, I use it to monitor the home remotely via pc and wifi connection. I have used direct wifi to put this on an extended monopod to view over crowds at an event. I could activate record and adjust zoom on my phone in one hand and held monopod steady in other.. What I don't like lack of operation without opening the viewing screen. The flip out screen is nice but there should be option to turn on without opening that screen.
I purchased this camcorder and sent it back the next day. I run Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit, and the software would not work to transfer the video. The program crashed my computer. It would have been a nice camcorder if the software worked and I could get the video files on my PC. It even states that you can not use any other video capture software to transfer files. Now I just hope JVC gives me my money back. I then bought a little cheaper Sony that works great. Stay away from this Everio camcorder!
NONE of the advertised features works on this camera - I've had one for 3 days now. The WiFi does a windows-only interface with 17 drivers, and crashes every 30 secs. It does NOT have a normal shared wireless drive so you can download/upload videos with ease. The email interface is flaky, and fails most of the time. The movement based security feature crashes the camera when it tries to send an alert email. There is a 3 (three) page manual (4"x5") that comes with it in 7 languages, and covers nothing of the unit's operation. There are no further docs online. Some of the camera menus are still in Japanese. Low light filming doesn't work because it cannot focus in low light. The camera's built-in web server is broken, and takes over your network with it's own configuration. It does not grab a typical IP address from your router like all other network equipement, and you cannot force an IP address. This camera is locked into 192.168.1.1 forever. The touch screen is an ugly ultra-low res, circa 1999. The touch screen itself requires enormous pressure for function, and it won't be long before I push through the screen. JVC Tech Support has no clue about this new camera, and I was cut off 5 times in a row within a 1 hour period. One agent said "we don't know anything about it either - it's too new". This camera will NOT work with a Mac in any form. There is no Mac software available for this camera. The included PC drivers will crash your PC. This camera follows no standards for WiFi, using instead proprietary protocols with non-existent functionality. There is no Bluetooth. The "Pet" function does not work, and controlling autofocus and exposure is impossible. The "Face Recognition" does not work. The Android app does not work - it's made for JVC car stereos, and gives options for the camera like "switch to AM/FM". The iPhone app does not work with this camera. Other than that, this is a nice camera. But so is the camera built into my cell phone.