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JVC GR-DF430 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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. Reviewers are impressed by the size and image quality. The price and usability are also appreciated.

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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 Opinions about the reliability and usability are overall positive. The price and image quality are also appreciated. Many are negative 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

Mar, 2018

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

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

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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

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Buyer Beware!!!


Lightweight, easy to use

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

Mar, 2006

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It can power on.

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

Jan, 2006

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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