questionsthere's got to be a difference, right?

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The cameras have better picture quality (still) and more megapixels than the video cameras and while they can do video they are usually not as easy to use as a dedicated video camera that has one main function of producing good quality video. Unless you want to spend a fortune on a camera or video camera maybe a hybrid camera with a long zoom would be an option.

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Along with what has already been said, my still camera can do video, but you cannot use the zoom while shooting video. Plus the build in mic blows.

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@kamikaze2007: I can zoom with my Canon Powershot still while making video.

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There were a couple questions/discussions on cameras in the last couple weeks.
This one
and This one
Maybe they will help.

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I bought this one a few months ago and am very pleased with it.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung---Wi-Fi-WB150F-14.0-Megapixel-Digital-Camera---Black/4877298.p?id=1218570953380&skuId=4877298

The WB150F camera enhances the advanced optical zoom and image quality that the WB line of cameras are known for, with Wi-Fi capability to facilitate sharing and saving images - wherever users are in the world. Housed in compact, light and durable bodies, the zoom series from Samsung make the perfect travel companions.

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Most modern still cameras can take video as well as stills but it's still best to have a dedicated camcorder if you plan on taking a lot of video. For example, if you will be making money with a video blog, a dedicated camcorder is the way to go.

Believe it or not, cameras that have more than a 10x zoom is really only an advertising gimmick to try to make more sales but that does not mean it's a better camera. A Good Canon HF-G10 with 10x can usually run circles around any camera with higher zoom factors. http://www.amazon.com/Canon-G10-Camcorder-Internal-Memory/dp/B004HW7DZM

Still cameras have resolutions such as 8M pixels or 13M pixels. Some people are confused about this too thinking that the more megapixels you have, the better the camera is. That is not true. A lower megapixel camera means they have fewer pixels on the sensor and that means the pixel density is lower and the pixels are bigger and more light sensitive.

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The more light sensitive a pixel is, the less grainy the picture can be at higher ISO levels. I would much rather have an 8Mpxl camera that takes awesome pictures instead of a 22Mpxl camera that takes crappy ones.

So with a dedicated camcorder like the HF G10, the sensor is optimized for video. Remember that you do not use a flash with video so to take indoor photography you need a camera with good light sensitivity. It has a sensor with 1920 x 1080 pixels which is only 2Mpixels but is very good for video.

Camcorders have color spaces such a 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 so using chromakey backgrounds are easier with these. Every pixel on your monitor has a red, blue, and green component. However, in digital cameras and camcorders, that's not the way it works. Both cameras and camcorders remove a lot of color information because the human eye cannot usually tell the difference. They both optimize the color space for their respective uses.

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Last comment for now.

If you plan on taking long videos, your only option is a dedicated camcorder. Most DSLR cameras can only take videos for about 29 minutes. Any longer requires a camcorder.

Increasing the size of your memory card does not allow you to take longer video clips. It's a limitation to using a still camera for video.

Hope this helps. If you have any specific questions, please let us know.

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Thanks for the info people. I'm definitely getting the picture (groan - lol) on the diff between a digital camera and a video camera.

I'll say I'm really patient. I don't NEED a camera just now but I'm in the mood to pull the trigger if I find a deal so sweet I just can't refuse it. Here are sort of the front runners for me right now:

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>16x zoom - Generally HORRIBLE REVIEWS from pros and many users - Amazon users seem to like it for some reason. It sounds like it's slow and the picture quality is not great even in good lighting conditions. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Refurbished+Cyber-shot+DSC-H90+16.1-Megapixel+Digital+Camera+-+Silver/7256061.p?id=1218837447792&skuId=7256061#tab=specifications

This was a pretty representative video review: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/sony-cyber-shot-dsc/4505-6501_7-35152826.html

But at $59.99 and free shipping it's almost why the heck not? I've scoured the internet looking for an excuse tobuy this camera and I'm telling you, the impressions are just THAT bad-even on the Sony site. 'eh' at best.

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>18x zoom - Then there's this guy. http://www.woot.com/offers/nikon-16mp-digital-camera-w-18x-opt-zoom-3
I almost snapped this one up but t didn't have the greatest reviews. It sounded like the pics might be SLOW and the GPS function is a debacle.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp5IPD-AIek

If I came across it for $100 again with $5 shipping again, I think I'd buy it now.

And finally (for now) this guy here: http://www.adorama.com/IFJF660EXR.html

>15x zoom - This one sounds like the best of my options right now.

Representative review of comparable model: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/fujifilm-finepix-f600exr/4505-6501_7-35016511.html

It's seems relatively strong all around actually but it also sounds too technical for me. Like I don't understand enough to get good shots out of it. It's packed with features though.

Yes, I know I'm trying to buy champagne on a beer budget but I'll find it. I almost always do. ;o)

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@bill7718: Hi Bill. I didn't mean to ignore your recommendation. That camera is one that I found before and I really, really like the idea of the wi-fi connectivity and the 18x zoom. I saw/read some reviews that said that the image quality might not be so great. I gotta say, I can ignore all the positive ratings on Best Buy. I think if I had a Samsung Galaxy phone I'd buy it for how well it seems to integrate with other Samsung products. The truth is, I'd still consider it if Best Buy made it the Deal of the Day and the price was even lower. It seems like a cool camera.

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@bill7718: I just re-read what I posted. Obviously I meant I CAN'T ignore all the positive Best Buy reviews. Thanks for the tip. :o)

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@phillystyle Here are some pics taken with the camera from my recent trip to Las Vegas.

Some scenery shots of the Colorado river from AZ downstream from Hoover Dam, then Hoover Dam, then the NASCAR race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94269522@N08/

I, like you, was searching for something decent in the $150 price range. It was $229 at most places but I managed to get it for $129 at buy.com or whatever that site is called now. Only posted the BB link because it listed the price at what I paid and seemed to have good info.

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Hi Everybody,

Here's an update. I waited, continued researching and I finally bought a camera.

I think I got a great deal on a pretty decent camera. Thanks to the 18x optical zoom, wi-fi and @bill7718 's pics I was open to the Samsung WB150F.

When I was looking, it was on sale at Best Buy for $129.99. I kept looking around and the price went back up to $179.99. One day I was on my way to a Sony outlet just to take a look at what they had and I decided to hit a Best Buy en route. I found an Open Box WB150F for $88 and snapped it up.

The picture quality is ok but I'm most likely never going to make any big prints so it probably doesn't matter too much. Besides, there are some manual settings I should probably force myself to learn about. Maybe I can get some better pics if I stop being a lazy so-and-so. lol

I really like the wi-fi uploads to my computer though. I find that really convenient.

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The one real complaint I have is that there's an Android app (by Samsung) that should allow you to control the camera from your phone. It doesn't work for my phone and judging from the reviews of the app it doesn't work for much of anybody else either. Samsung already has some newer camera models that have their own app that reportedly works better. Maybe they're working on the app for the camera/phone combo I have but I've got a feeling this camera's going to be kind of a misfit toy that Samsung never bothers to get working. We'll see.

THANKS GREATLY for all the input. You guys are awesome as usual.