The GE J1470S follows in the footsteps of General Electric's other budget cameras by delivering remarkable features at a low price. While reviewers and users agree the bland J1470S isn't much to look at, big things come in its small, 4.6-ounce chassis: a 14-megapixel sensor, a huge 3-inch LCD display and a long 7x zoom lens that works while shooting HD video (720p). There's also a flip-out USB connector that plugs directly into a computer (eliminating extra cables) along with plenty of automatic shooting modes, including the Pancapture feature that stitches together three photos into one. It's a spec sheet that's "hard to beat" for the price, says David Pierce at PCMag.com.
However, the J1470S isn't the easiest camera to use. One user at Amazon.com says the flip-out USB is "an almost good idea," but it's awkwardly placed, which requires holding the camera while it's attached to a computer, and another says the video zoom stutters because of the "hunting focus." Image quality, though, gets solid grades. In tests at PCMag.com, the J1470S beats the top-rated Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 (Discontinued) for sharpness and the Kodak EasyShare Mini for noise, although video ratings vary among reviewers. Overall, Pierce says the Panasonic S3 offers better performance, but nevertheless rates the GE J1470S as an "impressive camera for snapshooters on a shoestring budget."
PCMag.com provides the most comprehensive review of the GE J1470S, with its combination of lab tests, hands-on use and plenty of product comparison. ConsumerReports.org and Choice magazine also perform rigorous tests, and their sorting charts show how the GE J1470S fares next to other point-and-shoot models. Comments from users at Amazon.com help to reveal common problems with features and performance.
David Pierce likes the image prowess and impressive performance of the GE J1470S despite its underwhelming style. "The J1407S is, well, boring looking," he says. Nevertheless, the camera shines with great features, including the unusually large 3-inch LCD, generous 7x zoom lens, and HD video.
Review: General Electric J1470S, David Pierce, Sept. 14, 2011
ConsumerReports.org conducts thorough lab tests on many products, including digital cameras. To date, editors have evaluated more than 150 models for features ranging from image quality and versatility to the LCD display and battery life. While they don't provide product summaries, test scores appear in a chart for easy sorting, ranking and comparison.
Review: Untitled, Editors at ConsumerReports.org, As of Nov. 2011
3. Choice magazine
Australia's Choice magazine shares a format and tone similar to ConsumerReports.org. The GE J1470S is one of almost 100 digital cameras that editor Chris Ruggles tests for features such as image quality, versatility and the LCD monitor. Scores are posted in a comparison chart, and results can be filtered by brand and price, to name a few. However, Ruggle's report doesn't include product summaries.
Review: Compact digital cameras review, Chris Ruggles, Sept. 29, 2011
Most users at Amazon.com like the GE J1470S, with nearly all agreeing that it offers exceptional value. Many praise the overflowing feature set and clear photos, and one owner says the cheap price eliminates any worry about loss or damage. A few users, however, are not as enamored. "This is a cheap camera that works. That's about it," says one owner. Most of the reviews are part of the Amazon Vine program, where users get products for free in exchange for a review.
Review: GE Smart J1470S-SL, Users at Amazon.com