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Camcorders come with photo mode and video mode. But in video mode, you can take a snapshot at any time. Is it guaranteed that the photo mode is using a larger sensor than the sensor size in video mode, or do camcorders use the same sensor size in both modes? Is there a general rule of thumb in the industry that everyone knows that photos taken in video mode are a big no-no?

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    \$\begingroup\$ I doubt you can generalise. Camcorders have tiny sensors, so I doubt either would be much good. \$\endgroup\$
    – Tetsujin
    Feb 1, 2022 at 14:29
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    \$\begingroup\$ It all depends upon the specific camcorder in question. Maybe even the specific firmware version each of two different samples of the same model are running. As for general rules: It's a fairly universal general rule in the professional imaging industry that using a camcorder to create still images is a HUGE NO-NO. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Feb 2, 2022 at 9:00

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The rule of thumb is use a stills mode for stills and a video mode for video. Hence the name.

If you’re asking about grandpa’s old Handicam, just test and see what works better for you. This is always the case with actual rather than theoretical cameras.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ please reverse the edits. the long write-up was better \$\endgroup\$
    – user610620
    Feb 1, 2022 at 16:53

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