AVCHD vs MP4 vs ?? (for extracting stills)

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AVCHD vs MP4 vs ?? (for extracting stills)
Aug 3, 2012

We've been using our 720p video recorder to shoot a few seconds, then picking out a few frames out of the mpg file. So far, it's been ok, but the images are often a bit blurry, and of course they are quite small for printing ( only 1,280 x 720 pixels )

Actually that is kind of our ideal 'useful' photo size - almost everything we take ends up getting resized down to 1200 pixels. But its nice to have more resolution available (for cropping, if nothing else)!

So... the advent of 1920x1080p video in most new cameras is looking pretty good for our typical "grabbing the best frames" photo projects.

My question is - all things being equal, what video format will likely provide a sharper still picture: AVCHD or MP4 ??

Or is there a better quality, less compressed video format available in consumer cameras these days?

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