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JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
alaScore 70

89 reviews

Oct, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder. The average rating for this product is 1.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and usability also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 70/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 83 user reviews of JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder from The average user rating for this product is 1.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviews about the reliability and usability are generally positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Many are critical about the zoom.

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30% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: JVC GRDF430U MiniDV Camcorder w/15x Optical ZoomJVC GRDF430U MiniDV Camcorder w/15x Optical Zoom

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: James Murray (

JVC GR-DF430 First Impressions Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders


This camcorder, by JVC is situated as the lowest priced model of three within the Ultra-Compact series of camcorders. This model retails for US$399.95, situating it just under US$400. This camera is equipped with a 1/6th inch 680K, 340K effective pixel...

Mar, 2005

Expert review by: Benjamin Russell (



f1.2 lens, simple and effective operation

Lack of advanced features

The GR-DF430 is recommended for users looking for an easy entry into the world of digital video recording.

Sep, 2005

Consumer review by: xtechguy (

Another Victim of JVC Junk and Ripoffs


UPDATE: FEB 11, 2007 Well, true to my name (xtechguy) I was a technician for a number of years at Sony, repairing a number of consumer electronic products, including camcorders. I just recently had time to take my apart and have discovered what the ...

Small size

All units will fail with "lens cap" error within a year Horrible customer service

Aug, 2006

Consumer review by: darlenedemott (

Buyer Beware!!!


Lightweight, easy to use

No decent support from JVC.Won't acknowledge factory defect.

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: martinique06 (



It can power on.

It doesn't work and the entire company avoids requests for assistance.

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: jrbman (

Great little camera for the price


I got the GR-DF430 to replace a Canon ZR-45 and I'm very happy with the upgrade. Although the GF-DF430 is inexpensive, the picture is great. I'm especially pleased with the way it handles filming subjects against bright backlighting. Here in sunny...

small, good picture, very good in low light, manual control options, remote

doesn't come with a protective bag or case

Sep, 2005

Product Specifications

JVC is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of sophisticated audio, video and related software products. Building upon a wealth of technologies the company is moving decisively to offer appropriate solutions for the multimedia age. To remain at the forefront of the audiovisual industry in the 21st century, JVC is marshalling its resources to create the ultimate in appealing, cost-competitive products. PRODUCT FEATURES: World's 1st F1.2 lens DVC with 15x Optical Zoom; 16: 9 Widescreen and regular 4: 3 recording modes; Ultra compact size and design; 1/6-inch 800, 000 pixel CCD; 520 Lines of Resolution; 2.5" LCD; Colour Viewfinder; DV In/Out; Analogue Input; Mic Terminal (plug-in power); New JVC F1.2 Super Bright Video Lens with 15x Powerful Optical Zoom; 3-Dimension Noise Reduction (3D NR); Clear LCD Monitor for clear, visible, bright view during outdoor shooting; Web-Camera Function (via IEEE 1394); Data Battery allows the user to check remaining battery and recording; time by simply touching one button even with the power turned off; Digital Colour NightScope; Power-Linked Operation.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U
Run Time (Up To):85min

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.2
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Mirror / Sepia / Strobe


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD