I have the V700 and use it regularly for still photos. I use an Epson 1500W to enlarge them to US paper size B 11"x17". The results are stunning.
Clearly I cannot speak for other makes in this respect.
The V700 like many other models that use SD cards store the still photos and video on the same card and these can easily be separated when the card is downloaded. I use the supplied software HDWriter to transfer to my PC and this presents a page of thumbnails with either a video or a still icon on the picture. The files are directed to the appropriate folders by a tick on the thumbnail.
Hope this helps.
-I take some video, but more often I take still pictures.
-I prefer to use video cameras because I prefer to "palm" the camera. I am a bit clumsy and I have found I am more steady with this type of model.
-I would prefer a camera whose photos can be enlarged up to 5X7 without much loss of quality - I don't mind if the file size of each picture is large.
-I would love to have the feature of taking 3-10 pictures consecutively, and understand that flash doesn't work with this feature. ( I use the camera with family and for taking yearbook photos [sometimes when subjects are moving].)
-I would prefer to be able to remove an SD card to upload the photos.
-All pcs in my house have Windows 7. I'd prefer to be able to see the photos/videos easily, with little to no conversion.
-Suggestions? I have seen positive points with both Canon and Panasonic products, but I have gotten overwhelmed over the past two hours trying to understand all of the "technical stuff". I'm fairly sure that I aspire to have no less than 10 megapixel quality. I currently have a Canon FS100, but the lens just stopped working. It took OK photos, but the quality wasn't great and I couldn't blow them up very much. I liked the other features, and it was very easy to use, even for my students, with little-no direction.
-Cheers,and thanks so much. I'd like to have time to buy and learn the camera prior to my summer vacation.