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Old August 11th, 2008, 08:25 PM   #1
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V1U "Photo" Feature?

I am going on a study abroad trip for the next couple weeks shooting a documentary on a Caribbean music festival in south america. Because I think all my tapes are going to the government, and I still want some personal keepsakes from the trip (potentially when i am shooting for the doc.) I was looking to take some pictures to the memory stick. I would usually take stills from the HD video...

Does anybody use this feature? How is the quality of the images?

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Old August 11th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #2
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Hey Jeff, one huge draw back to shooting with the V1U for stills is no flash. Personally your better off just getting a cheap Kodak or similiar camera. You'll get better pictures, have a flash and you can put it in your pocket. Plus the quality will be good enough that if you decide to print you'll be okay. V1U's still picture mode is an option I would only use as a last resort, out of tape. The pictures are usable but just don't carry the quality of a nice compact still camera.
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Old August 12th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #3
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I use the still function quite frequently. For HD viewing it does very nicely, and better than screen grabs.

I carry an 8.1 megapixel still cam around with me, but it usually winds up staying in the truck if I'm shooting video, and I use the V1u. I seldom print pictures anymore, except small sizes for family.

Most viewing nowadays for me is via pc, with PS3 on plasma, or incorporated stills in movies, and the still shots are very good. Plus, how many still cams have a 20X optical zoom?

V1u prints on 3x5 or 4x6 look fine. If you want to print out larger, and need the flash... as Jeff Z. said... carry a small higher res still cam.

Regardless, the best camera to use is the one you have with you.

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