There's got to be a difference, right?
OK so I'm looking for a camera. One of the features I'm holding fast to is a good optical zoom. I'm looking for at least a 10x optical zoom but if I can get a deal for under say $150 on something with 18x or more I'm totally open to it obviously.
In my search I keep coming across video cameras usually sort of a cylindrical form factor. They tend to have 20x optical zooms and up and they can take still pics.
So the question is, what's the difference between a point-and-shoot camera that can take some video and a video camera that can take some stills - just with even better magnification and usually inexplicably lower prices? What's the downside of that video camera?