video & stills at same time?

Started Jun 8, 2012 | Discussions thread
Henry Falkner
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Try again - Olympus SZ-31MR iHS

Lou Cohen wrote:

I need a camera that does Hi-Def video AND can capture full resolution stills at the same time, without interrupting the video 'flow'. Stills would optimally be RAW, but jpegs are acceptable too. I know the Nikon V/J1 can do this, but dont want a tiny sensor. I need APS-C or larger.

The Olympus SZ-31MR is a 24x zoom pocket P&S that shoots HD1080p video and unlimited full resolution 16MP stills.

The only reason I still use the SZ-30MR (only 2 stills per video clip) is that the SZ-31MR iHS is not available yet in New Zealand. But I often shoot videos and take stills without stopping the video. I am noting that short shutter times with movement cause a stutter effect, but in practice this does not happen very often. This is about as bad as it gets -

On this one I was playing the accordion with the camera mounted and recording on it. I could not do stills because my hands needed to stay on the keyboard.

Here is one where I did do stills -

In my perception, you DON'T want a DSLR when you need to shoot stills in the middle of a video clip. Do you really want videos punctuated by clatter-crunch noises?


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