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Sony Camcorder vs DSLR

by ukavaya / June 11, 2012 6:00 AM PDT


I am totally newbie to camera etc so looking for advice as to which one is a better option.

my requirement is to be able to get good picture and to record few video here and there.

Please correct my understanding does below means camcorder has 20.4 MP vs 14.2MP in SLR ?

"Exmor R™" CMOS Sensor
20.4 Megapixels Still Picture
12x Optical Zoom and 20x Extended Zoom
26.8mm Wide Angle Sony G Lens
Optical SteadyShot (Active Mode)
Built-in Projector


Sony DSLR-A290
14.2 megapixel APS-S CCD image sensor
- Image stabilization
- HDMI Compatible
- ISO 100 to ISO 3200
- High ISO Noise Reduction
- 2.5 fps
- Built-in Flash
- 2.7" LCD Display
- 9-Point AF
- Dual memory card slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo and SDHC
- Dimensions: Approx. 128.1 x 97.1 x 79.6 mm (WxHxD)

Please ignore the prices difference , just need input based on above models on picture quality in SLR vs camcorder etc


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So far, when it comes to picture quality.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2012 6:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony Camcorder vs DSLR

The digital camera wins. Video cameras tend to have still image features as a second feature rather than the primary feature.

Nod to the digital camera if still image performance is the goal.

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More megapixels is not always better
by PistonCupChampion / June 11, 2012 6:11 AM PDT
In reply to: Sony Camcorder vs DSLR

Pay no attention to the number of megapixels a camera has. It has almost no bearing on image quality.

If you want to primarily take still photos, with an occasional video, get a camera. If on the other hand you want to make videos and take a still photo now and then, get a camcorder. Because each is optimized for its primary function.

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