JVC Everio GZ-VX700 Camcorder Review
We like what JVC has done to expand the possibilities of built-in WiFi on consumer camcorders, but the Everio GZ-VX700 has few other redeeming qualities. Poor color accuracy in bright light, middling image sharpness, and terrible handling issues haunt the camcorder to the point that we're unable to recommend the GZ-VX700 for anyone. Sure, the model is cheaper than the competition, but in our mind the camcorder doesn't represent a good value—no matter what it's price tag may be.
The VX700's unresponsive touchscreen interface may be the most frustrating aspect of the camcorder overall. We found ourselves pressing the touchscreen buttons five or six times before the camcorder would respond, which is something we deem as unacceptable.
We do have to admit the VX700 does have some bright points. We like the WiFi features, although we must be clear that most of these options require a lot of setup before you can get them to work. We also were impressed with the camcorder's low light capabilities, as well as its plethora of manual controls and features (time lapse recording, auto record, and slow motion modes being the most interesting). But the handling issues with the LCD are too significant to overlook despite these positive notes.
If you're looking for a budget camcorder, we recommend staying away from the JVC VX700. Sony, Panasonic, and Canon all have better models than the Everio GZ-VX700, many of which are available for less than $500.