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JVC GR-DF450

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the value for money and image quality are generally positive. The size and usability are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the resolution and features.

portability, usability, size, image quality, value for money

battery, design, features, resolution

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF450 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 60/100 = Good quality.

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Review analysis

(Based on 92 reviews)

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JVC GR-DF450 Camcorder Review - JVC MiniDV Camcorders

 

Compact camcorders are often gimmick devices intended to tap into the impulsive shopper's need for something cool. However, the JVC GR-DF series seems to dispel that theory by providing a wealth of features and ports into a relatively small machine....

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JVC GR-DF450 GRDF450

 

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Research the reliability of this camera before you buy.

 

You are probably considering this camcorder because Consumer Reports rated it so highly last year. Unfortunately, this camera will succomb to JVC's dreaded "LENS CAP" error. When (not if) this message appears on your LCD (and you lens cap is off) it is...

Good low light capabilities. Decent image quality

This camera will malfunction

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worked great for 4mos. --- jvc won't stand behind product

 

compact. easy to use in auto mode.

wait time when powering up. stopped working at 4 months.

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Nice camera, but defective.

 

Just wanted to add my experience- my GRDF450 stopped working at about 9 months after almost no use. I called JVC, sent it in, and they fixed it for free. But will it just die again in another several months? I feel ripped off after hearing all the same...

small, digital image stabilization, many ports, stereo mic ins.

defects.

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This camcorder sucks!

 

I bought this camera about a year and a half ago. It worked great for my disney vacation. It sat for 6 months until I pulled it out for my daughters first ski lesson and then I got the infamous lens cap error. Sent it back because I purchased an...

None

Does not work!

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JVC GR-DF450US MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

Just wanted to add my experience- my GRDF450 stopped working at about 9 months after almost no use. I called JVC, sent it in, and they fixed it for free. But will it just die again in another several months? I feel ripped off after hearing all the same...

small, digital image stabilization, many ports, stereo mic ins

defects

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JVC GR-DF450US MiniDV Digital Camcorder

 

I bought this camera about a year and a half ago. It worked great for my disney vacation. It sat for 6 months until I pulled it out for my daughters first ski lesson and then I got the infamous lens cap error. Sent it back because I purchased an...

None

Does not work

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This camcorder sucks!

 

I bought this camera about a year and a half ago.

None

Does not work!

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GR-450US

 

I bought this camcorder based on the reviews, after 14 months I got the "Lens Cap" error. JVC absolutly refused to fix it, eventhough they have a recall on other models with the same problem. I wil never buy another JVC unit in my life again. Jay, New...

lightweight,compact

lens cap error after 14 months of light usage

Product Specifications

Capturing the great moments in your life deserves the best performance. The GR-DF450 delivers. The ergonomic EZ grip design puts total control in the palm of your hand. But it's not just the comfortable feel that makes the GR-DF450 a powerful performer. JVC's exclusive Low Light Plus incorporates two key technologies: The F1.2 Super Bright Lens obtains twice the light of an F1.8 lens assuring a bright picture with less noise even in less than desirable lighting conditions. And Three Dimensional Noise Reduction (3D NR) eliminates picture noise up to 30% in low light situations. Keep your subject in view outdoors with a 2.5 inch Clear LCD that reduces glare and reflections, and a built-in auto " Illumi-Light" for 1/10th the power consumption. There's also a color viewfinder, Power-Linked Operation, Night Alive, and 700X Super Digital Zoom with Spline Interpolation. Record HG digital stills at up to 1024 x 768 to the SD/MMC card slot. There's also an accessory shoe and mic input with plug-in power. The GR-DF450 delivers high performance video.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

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

Depth:4.4in
Height:2.9in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:3in

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

Header

Manufacturer:JVC
Model:DF450/DF450US
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
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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