Digital Cameras have almost become a standard feature in digital camcorders. In the majority of camcorders however, the digital photo resolution is so low your photo are unprintable, making the built-in digital camera virtually useless.
If you want to take photos with your camcorder, then you need to purchase one with a 3 megapixel resolution or higher. 3 megapixels is high enough that you can print up to an 8x10 with a good resolution, or you can crop out portions of your photo for small prints.
Here are some of the best camcorders on the market with a built-in digital camera.
The Sanyo VPC-C40 digital camcorder has a 4.0 megapixel still photo resolution. The camcorder will allow you to take digital pictures simultaneously while you record video, and has a variety of different auto exposure features to make recording easier in different lighting conditions. Both video and photos are saved to a Secure Digital (SD) memory card, which is not included with the camcorder.
Panasonics PV-GS300 has a 3.1 megapixel still photo resolution. The camcorder also has a professional quality Leica lens, and a variety of pre-programmed auto exposure settings for recording video in low light situations. The camcorder records video onto MiniDV tapes, and comes with included software for video editing and photos.
Sonys DCR-DVD405 camcorder has a 3.0 megapixel still photo resolution. The camcorder records video directly onto small DVDs that can then be instantly played back in your DVD player. The camcorder has Dolby Digital sound recording, and an infrared Super NightShot for excellent recording in low light conditions.
Sonys DCR-HC96 camcorder has a 3.3 megapixel still photo resolution. The camcorder records video onto MiniDV tapes, and can record video in 16:9 or 4:3. The DCR-HC96 has a professional quality Carl-Zeiss lens, and a variety of pre-programmed auto exposure settings for varying lighting conditions.
Panasonics PV-GS500 has a 4.0 megapixel still photo resolution. The camcorder has 3 CCDs, allowing it to record excellent video, and making it an excellent choice for consumers who want to get a little more out of their camcorder. The PV-GS500 also has a professional quality Leica lens, a zoom microphone, and a 2.7 widescreen LCD.