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alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 reviews of JVC GR-DF420E. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Comments about the image quality and design are on the whole positive. The durability and price also get good reviews. There are some negative comments about the viewfinder and usability.

price, durability, design, image quality

usability, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the JVC GR-DF420E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of JVC GR-DF420E from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on There are some negative views about the usability.


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This summary is based on the products: JVC GR-DF420EK MiniDV Camcorder/Compact design [15x Optical, 2.5"LCD]JVC GR-DF420EK MiniDV Camcorder/Compact design [15x Optical, 2.5"LCD]

Oct, 2016

Expert review by: Colin Barrett (

SimplyDV Review: JVC GR-DF420 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

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: 1/6-inch 800, 000 pixel CCD (Number of effective pixels: 400.000 pixels for moving pictures); F1.2 Super Bright Lens; 15x Optical Zoom/700x Digital Zoom; 520 Lines of Resolution; 2.5" LCD; Color Viewfinder; DV Out; Mic Terminal (plug-in power); New F1.2 Super Bright 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 Color NightScope; Power-Linked Operation; 3 Languages On-Screen (English/Spanish/Russian).

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


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


Playback zoom (max):3

Camera Flash

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display diagonal:6.35

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:Sand & snow / Slow shutter / Sports mode / Spotlight / Twilight mode


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:JVC GR

Image sensor

Optical sensor size:25.4 / 6
Total MegaPixels:0.8

Lens System

Digital Zoom:700
Filter Size:3.05
Focal length range (f-f):2.6 - 39
Lens Aperture:F/1.2
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 Stabiliser:Electronic

Other features

I/O ports:DV Output \nS-Video Output \nAV Output \nMic Input
Lens system:F1.2 Super Bright
Minimum system requirements:USB


Camera shutter speed:1/50 - 1/4000

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

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


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Height :11.1