I believe that multi-functional technology is generally over rated when in comes to image creation. If you want good stills, use a still camera. If you want good video, use a video camera. They are built to do their respective functions very well. Video cameras, on the consumer level, are not meant to take great photos. The fact that they come with that feature has limited functionality. I usually advise not to depend on it for superior print quality images.
I put that to the test this week. I used the still feature on my Sony handheld camcorder to take some macros and see how they fared against the stills from my dedicated Sony still cam. With macro setting on and in full sunlight, the results were pretty impressive. See below.
I had taken similar photos closer to dusk with both my video cam and still. The still camera handled the low light better than the video camera, giving me more usable images to work with.
Even my iPhone under the right conditions garnered some good results.
I still believe in dedicated technology for quality productions. However, if you set aside the time to really learn the settings on the gear you have and the best conditions they operate under you can develop technique that will allow you to do more than you think you can.
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