More and more video cameras these days have 'still image' capabilities - that is, they can take single images as well as moving video.
And this begs the question - should you purchase a video camera that doubles as a still image camera for when you don't want to take movies. Or alternatively, should you purchase a still camera that also does movies?
My answer is No!
So Why Not?
The main reason is that movie cameras have been built for just that... moving images. They haven't been designed for taking really good still images.
You will be able to get adequate pictures from these cameras, but you won't be able to get the control, or resolution of a dedicated still digital camera.
Video cameras are designed for TV viewing. So the resolution is very low - less than 2 megapixels. You won't get acceptable results if you try to print still images at this resolution.
The same principle applies when trying to get movies from a Point and Shoot camera. Yes, you can create them, but they won't look as good as a dedicated movie camera.
What about Combo Cameras
There are newer combo cameras that claim to do both still and moving images. But it seems although the newer cameras are better than previous models, they still can't do both really well.
Will this change?
I believe so. The technology should improve in the future to allow the same camera to capture both moving and still images with the same quality as dedicated cameras. In the meantime, if you want to take both still photos and videos, I recommend you purchase two separate items.
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