Over the past 5 years I have had many stills digital compact cameras - Canon Ixus, Sony Cybershots, Kyocera Finecam to name a few. In parallel to this I have had 1 single video camera JVC GR-DVP9.
Each time I buy a new stills camera I consider if 'THE HYBRID' has arrived yet and I think this year it may have - what do you think?
I want fairly good stills quality ... 5MP+ is good enough and fairly good video quality but the thing is I can't work out how to grade video. 'Stills' is easy, count up to a certain amount of Megapixels, check out the optics and if a good make then chances are it will be OK.
So, I have narrowed down my stills compact choice to 3 'Editors Choices' of - The Ixus 860 IS (640x480 @30fps) , The Pansonic Lumix TZ3 (640x480 @30fps - VGA or QVGA but no sound) or the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA65 or VPC-HD2 (again 640x480 @30fps).
If going just for stills then the Sanyo would not feature on the list but it gets rave reviews as a hybrid.
So, back to the question - how do I tell the quality of the video as they are all listed as 640x480 @30fps. Ok, the optics and processor make a difference but how do I tell.
and how will the video compare to my old JVC GR-DVP9?
Should I get the hybrid ?
Thanks in advance