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GE J1470S Compact Camera Review

GE J1470S Compact Camera Review - The GE J1470s is a compact 14 megapixel camera with a 7x optical zoom lens and a built in USB socket meaning you never need to worry about whether you brought the cable or not. Find out how it performs in our review.

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GE J1470s in Compact Cameras


GE J1470s front

GE J1470S Features

GE J1470s side
GE J1470s side

The camera is surprisingly compact considering it packs a 3 inch screen, 14 megapixel sensor and 7x optical zoom lens, as well as a built in USB plug letting you plug it into any computer (or device) with built in USB socket, enabling you to transfer photos, as well as charge the battery.

Key Features

  • 14.1 megapixel CCD sensor
  • 7x optical zoom lens, equivalent to 33-230mm
  • 3inch screen
  • 720p video
  • ISO64 - ISO1600
  • Lithium Ion battery
  • USB plug built in
  • USB extension cable provided

GE J1470S Handling

GE J1470s USB back
GE J1470s USB back

Handling - The camera features a plastic body with the tripod socket placed to the far left. There is a good amount of buttons although the camera does lack grip. If you're not too keen on hanging a whole camera from your USB ports, then they do provide a USB extension cable in the box.

GE J1470s top
GE J1470s top

Menus - Quick access to main controls is provided using the function button and short-cuts on the 4-way controller on the back. The menus are basic but easy to navigate and have a reasonable amount of options and controls for a point and shoot camera, including a timelapse mode which is unexpected on an entry level camera.

GE J1470s bottom
GE J1470s bottom

Battery Life - There aren't any details on the GE website for expected battery life, although the built in USB plug means it will be charged every time you transfer photos from it. We managed to take 250 photos before the battery went flat.

Speed - Below we have measured shutter response and focusing speed at both wide angle and telephoto settings. We took 6 shots and calculated the average speed of the camera. The results can be seen below.

    Ricoh CX5   GE J1470s
Shutter Response Average   0.05 seconds   0.05 seconds
Wide - Focus and Shutter Response Average   0.15 - 0.2 seconds   0.25 seconds
Full zoom - Focus and Shutter Response Average   0.35 - 0.4 seconds   1.3 seconds
Switch on time   2 seconds   2.1 seconds
Shot-to-shot   1.2 - 1.5 seconds   2 seconds
Continuous Shooting
  5 fps   0.8 seconds (3 shots)

High speed continuous shooting is available at 3mp, where the camera shoots at roughly 3fps. The camera has surprisingly slow focus at the telephoto end under our testing, although was quicker in other shooting conditions. The camera also takes a long time to stitch panoramic shots together in the camera. Continuous shooting with flash not available.

GE J1470S Performance

Click to view larger or click "Hi-Res" to view full size sample photos. Additional photos and product shots can be found in the Equipment Database for the GE J1470s - where you can add your own review and photos.

GE J1470s Sample Photos

Sample photos - The portrait shot shows some red-eye although detail is good if the ISO setting is kept low and colour is quite good.

GE J1470s Lens test images

Lens test images - Purple fringing can be seen, particularly in the corners. Vignetting can be seen at both wide and telephoto ends of the zoom. Barrel distortion is visible at the wide end, but there is little pincushion distortion at the telephoto end. Macro performance is quite good and you can get closer to the subject by using some optical zoom.

GE J1470s ISO test images

ISO Noise Performance
- ISO64 shows some noise and it's a shame that this low ISO setting doesn't produce cleaner images with less noise. ISO100 shows some more noise. ISO100 to ISO200 shows more noise than expected, as as the ISO setting increases, so too does noise. At ISO1600 noise is the highest and colour isn't great and is best avoided.

GE J1470s White-balance test images

White Balance Performance - Auto White Balance (AWB) performs quite poorly under tungsten and fluorescent lighting, with strong colour casts. Using the presets provides much better results.

GE J1470s Digital filters

Digital filters - the camera has a number of scene modes, as well as colour modes including Vivid, Black and White and Sepia. The effects shown, such as fisheye and sketch mode are selectable in the scenes menu. The HDR mode is found in playback and can be applied to an existing photo.

1/120 sec | f/6.5 | 5.9 mm | ISO 64
1/120 sec | f/6.5 | 5.9 mm | ISO 64 - Panoramic mode: This lets you take three photos whereby you are shown an overlay of the last image and must try and match it up on screen. After taking the three photos the camera will automatically stitch them together in camera, although this does take a while.

Video - Video is recorded at 720p, with optical zoom available. Using digital image stabilisation can make panning look jerky, so it's best switched off and a tripod used instead. Using the optical zoom isn't very smooth.

Value For Money

Available for around £79, this is good value for money for a camera with a 7x optical zoom lens and even rarer a built in USB port, alternatives with built in USB include the GE Create and the Samsung PL90. Alternatives with a 7x optical zoom lens include the Nikon Coolpix S6150 and with 8x optical zoom lens the Canon IXUS 230 HS and Panasonic Lumix FS37.

GE J1470S Verdict

The GEJ1470s has a number of appealing features for the price, with a 7x optical zoom lens, 14 megapixel sensor, 3inch screen and built in USB plug. However, it would be good if the camera included a wider lens and optical image stabilisation, as the camera struggles at the telephoto end to take a sharp shot. Noise is higher than from competitors and to get the best detail from images using a low ISO setting is recommended. If you are forever loosing the cable that comes with your camera and want a low cost camera then the GE J1470s could be for you, however if you can live without a USB plug built in, then there are better compact cameras out there.

GE J1470S Pros

Built in USB plug
7x optical zoom lens
Compact body
Good colour
Very good value for money

GE J1470S Cons

HDR mode is in playback
Video or HDMI out missing (USB plug instead)
Poor tripod position
Noise in images


GE J1470s Specifications

Max Aperturef/3.4 - f/5.7
35mm equivalent32.9mm - 230.3mm
Optical Zoom7x
Image Sensor
Pixels14.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4320
Pixels (H)3240
Sensor TypeCCD
Sensor Size1/2.33 inch
Sensor Size (width)6.08mm
Sensor Size (height)4.56mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolutionNo Data
Touch ScreenNo
Min Focus5cm
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortestNo Data
Shutter speeds longestNo Data
Bulb modeNo
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity64 - 1600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
Exposure Comp+/-2
Shooting Options
Continuous shootingNo Data
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
  • 320x240 QVGA
Video FPS30
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
File Type
  • JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLithium Ion
Battery Life (CIPA rating)No Data
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, Power Adapter, USB Cable, Wrist Strap, CD ROM Manual, Quick Start Guide, Feature Guide, Warranty Card

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