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alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 reviews of JVC GR-DF470. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The portability and durability also get good reviews, but there are some less positive opinions about the viewfinder and usability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF470 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of JVC GR-DF470 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on People really like the image quality and design. The size and price also get good opinions, but some have doubts about the durability and usability.

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This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DF470EK MiniDV Camcorder/Compact design with SD Card [15x Optical, 2.5"LCD]JVC GR-DF470EK MiniDV Camcorder/Compact design with SD Card [15x Optical, 2.5"LCD]

Dec, 2018

Expert review by : TechRadar (

JVC GR-DF470 review


After a tough time last year, JVC looks like it's back on the straight and narrow

5S shooting mode, the useful Battery Data System and the ability to turn LCD screen off

Fiddly manual/navigation controls, and tape mechanism noise is audible on the soundtrack.

Dec, 2006

Expert review by : Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-DF470 DV Camcorder


Ergonomic, sturdy design and layout ; excellent image quality and good functionality in auto and manual ; top-loading tape transport

Fiddly menu selection and playback controls ; non-tilting viewfinder ; widescreen mode doubtful ; lack of headphone output

Good all-round performance at a competitive price that beginners and upgraders will consider great value for money. Recommended.

Product Specifications

The GR-DF470 is a high-band versatile F1.2 Digital Video Camera with Live Slow and USB Video Class. PRODUCT FEATURES: World's 1st F1.2 lens DVC with 15x Optical Zoom; 2.5" LCD; Color Viewfinder; DV In/Out; Analogue Input; Mic Terminal (plug-in power); SD Card Slot with Provided 8MB MultiMediaCard; Live Slow for Slow Motion Effect; Biphonic 3D Sound for 3-dimensional Sound Field; 3-Dimension Noise Reduction (3D NR); Clear LCD Monitor; USB 2.0 Video Class; DVD Creation Software; MPEG-4 Email Video Clips; Web-Camera Function; Digital Still Capture; Data Battery allows the user to check remaining battery and recording time by simply touching one button even with the power turned off; DV Navigation; Digital Color NightScope; Power-Linked Operation; Multi-Language On-Screen.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:JVC BN-VF707U


Playback zoom:3
Playback zoom (max):3

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:2.5

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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:MultiMediaCard
Storage Capacity:8MB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Image Sensor

Optical sensor size:1 / 6
Sensor Type:CCD
Total megapixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter size:1.2
Focal length range (f-f):0.102 - 1.54
Lens Aperture:F/1.2-2.8
Max Focal Length:39mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:15
Optical Zoom:15
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:800Kpix
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

Other Features

I/O ports:DV Input/Output \nUSB \nS-Video Input/Output \nAV Input/Output \nMic Input \nAnalogue Input
Lens system:F1.2 Super Bright
Media types supported:MMC
Resolution:1024 x 768


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/4000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black & white fader / Black fader / Corner wipe / Door wipe / Scroll wipe / Shutter wipe / Slide wipe / White fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:700
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode / Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Classic Film / Mirror / Sepia / Strobe
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD

Weight & Dimensions