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Is it possible to create still images with a camcorder?

By Jakob Jelling
Snapjunky.com

Yes, it is possible to create still images with some camcorders. Although all digital camcorders are created with the main purpose of recording video, some of them also offer the possibility to capture still images as well. This way, if you are looking for one device which allows you to capture motion video and still pictures at the same time, you should consider one of these camcorders as a good option.

Some digital camcorders offer a dual capability feature by which their users can choose to capture video or still images at any given moment. This way, users can easily switch from one mode to another and use their camcorder as a photographic camera whenever they want. If you are capturing a scene in motion video and just decide to capture a still image of it, if you have a digital camcorder which offers this dual capability you can quickly do so, while if you didn’t count on this capability you would have to change to another device and waste time.

Although this feature can be a great advantage, it is very important to have in mind the fact that the resolution of still images captured with digital camcorders is not as good as if you captured those still images with a photographic camera. Digital camcorders which allow users to capture still images do not provide a high resolution final product.

The resolution which most digital camcorders offer at the time of capturing still images is based on DV NTSC standard. DV NTSC standard offers resolution of 720 x 480, which is low in comparison to the resolution which photographic digital cameras provide, and would not be good enough for printing although it might be still good for being viewed through a screen.

If you wish to capture still images and keep them in an electronic media, a digital camcorder which allows you to capture still images as well as video might be ideal for you. On the other hand, if you intend to print the pictures, you should consider using a digital camera for it which would allow you to capture your still images by using high resolution.

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