Still + Video Camcorders
Two cameras in one, digital camcorders can capture still photos alongside your HD video
The Sony HDR-SR12 is a 1080p camcorder with a 5.6-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 10.2-megapixel stills (interpolated from 5 megapixels of data). The HDR-SR12 has an internal 120 GB hard drive and what it monikers Hybrid Recording technology, which allows the use of Memory Stick PRO Duo for capturing both video and stills, plus a dual record function that simultaneously captures video and 7-megapixel stills directly onto its memory card until full.
A day may come when digital camcorders and still cameras have completely converged, but that time isn't now. When still image quality is less important than motion video—you just want quick grabs for e-mail, the web or smaller prints-then a do-it-all camcorder is a convenient option. But when still image quality is paramount, you absolutely want your D-SLR.
It's not just about resolution, although that's certainly part of the equation, considering the interpolation that takes place for camcorders to deliver images above a few megapixels. The physical size of the camcorder's sensor (and thereby its pixel size), the processing engine and the optical design of the lens are all combined with the primary goal of video capture in mind. Capturing stills, while not an afterthought, is a secondary function.
Your D-SLR is built to do one thing and one thing only: deliver the highest possible still image quality—no compromises. When you want the very best-quality still photos and HD video, too, bring both cameras with you.