I'm trying to hire a photographer for an event and really want all the photos to include videos of the moments in which they were captured. Apple calls this feature Live Photos and records 1.5 seconds surrounding the photo, Samsung calls it Motion Photo and records 'a few seconds'.

I imagine a camera with an electronic shutter would have the same capability, why don't these seem to exist? Is there something physically preventing it?

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    'why' questions down't really work well on Stack Exchange, because the only people who can actually answer are unlikely to be reading this, so they tend to get closed as 'opinion-based'. Having said that, my own opinion is it's a 'consumer feature' that professional photographers are unlikely to be interested in. – Tetsujin Jul 29 '18 at 14:23
  • I can change it to "how can they reproduce or simulate this feature" or does something similar exist... – wizlog Jul 29 '18 at 14:34
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    take a video and grab a frame - that's how it is done, and that is why you would use something like an FS7 video camera (or something else capturing 60+ fps) as a professional - and not consider a DSLR. – flolilo Jul 29 '18 at 14:45
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    tbh, I find the whole 'live photo' thing a totally pointless exercise. I switched it off on my phone, day one; after trying it out & going, "Yeah? And? So? What?" If I'm shooting photos I want photos; if I'm shooting video I want a clap for sync, then someone shouting 'action', not some random 2 seconds of happy-snap. – Tetsujin Jul 29 '18 at 14:52
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    Resolution is a factor. The stills from my T6 (aka cheapest DSLR now) have 18 mpixels, using a large sensor (compared to phones - probably less noise). What camera can do videos in this resolution? If the resolution isn't necessary, grab a frame from a 1080p video. A new GoPro might be even better, shooting 4k video. – Fábio Dias Jul 29 '18 at 15:55

"Live Photos" and "Motion Photos" are videos with additional post processing to align frames and eliminate movement in areas of the scene that show minimal changes. They are not single frames selected from a video or burst of frames.

Most modern cameras, including DSLRs, do include the ability to capture video, but have not been programmed to perform the post processing to produce the results you desire. Smart phones can produce them because they are general-purpose computers which can easily be loaded with new apps and updates.

In principle, a camera could be programmed to produce Live/Motion Photos, but the amount of time it takes to post process in camera would be intolerable to most photographers, who would normally prefer to spend the time and battery power taking more photos. However, my camera does include over a dozen ludicrous toy camera effects. Live/Motion Photos could easily be added to the list if they become popular enough.

When people have their attention divided among too many tasks, results are usually subpar. You will get best results by hiring people who are specialized at producing the specific types of output you desire. If you want still photos, get a photographer. If you want video, get a videographer. If you want Live/Motion photos, get someone to produce specifically those.

  • Also, I (as a semi-professional photographer) would not like to see my money spent into R&D of such features - not until sensors and batteries hit the physical limits of what is theoretically possible in terms of efficiency. – flolilo Jul 29 '18 at 21:51

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