See All Cheap Digital Cameras

GE J1470S

*Est. $95
November 2011
by ConsumerSearch
GE J1470S

Budget camera has lots of features, but a cheap build

  • Large 3-inch LCD
  • Long 7x zoom lens
  • HD video with zoom capability
  • Flip-out USB connector
  • Cheap design
  • No optical viewfinder
  • Awkward to handle
Where to Buy

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

However, the J1470S isn't the easiest camera to use. One user at 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, the J1470S beats the top-rated Panasonic Lumix DMC-S3 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." provides the most comprehensive review of the GE J1470S, with its combination of lab tests, hands-on use and plenty of product comparison. 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 help to reveal common problems with features and performance.

Where To Buy
GE Smart J1470S-BK 14 MP with 7 x Optical Zoom Digital Camera, Black

 (17 reviews)
Buy new: $119.99 $54.99   5 Used & new from $47.90

In Stock.


Our Sources


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

2. 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, As of Nov. 2011

3. Choice magazine

Australia's Choice magazine shares a format and tone similar to 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 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

Cheap Digital Cameras Runners Up:

Canon PowerShot SX500 IS Est. $245

2 picks including:, CNET…

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS Est. $230

2 picks including:,…

Canon PowerShot A1400 Est. $100

1 pick including:,…

Nikon Coolpix S6500 Est. $195

1 pick including:, ePhotoZine…

Olympus Stylus SZ-16 iHS Digital Camera with 24x Optical Zoom and 3-Inch LCD (Silver)
Buy from
New: $229.99 $170.00   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  
Nikon COOLPIX S6500 Wi-Fi Digital Camera with 12x Zoom (Red)
Buy from
New: $169.95 $124.95   
In Stock.
Average Customer Review:  

Back to top