I am looking for a camera (EVIL or DSLR) with an APS-C sensor which can take still pictures while filming. For some reasons the comparisons I looked at just didn't put a priority on this feature.

Does somebody has a hint for me?

Thank you

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    As far as I know, the answer is "none". The requirements are different, particularly as concerns shutter speed, even if you'd settle for low resolution. You could do frame extraction from a higher-rez cine/video camera like the Blackmagic, but that's not the same thing as getting a multi-megapixel still while shooting 1080p on a stills camera in video mode.
    – user2719
    Jul 2 '13 at 0:24
  • What is your specificity for the film? My Canon 500D can take a picture while filming, but there will be a blank few seconds in the film while the mirror flips down and up again and the picture is taken
    – Dreamager
    Jul 2 '13 at 0:32
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    There are reasons we do not put a priority to this. It simply does not work. A number of cameras allow you to press the shutter-release (hint: those cameras have a video-record button) and get an image while filming but there is no way to frame that shot since the field-of-view and aspect ratio differs and it causes the video to skip for about one second, losing continuity and audio. If you really need an image, a frame-grab is lower-res but unobtrusive to video.
    – Itai
    Jul 2 '13 at 1:08
  • well that was not exactly the answer I was hoping to get but thank you very much for it. Losing the continuity is an aspect I havent thought about. Jul 2 '13 at 4:08
  • The Nikon 1 series does a full resolution shot while filming, but not an APS-C sensor
    – MikeW
    Jul 2 '13 at 6:16

I have the 650D (Rebel T4i). and actually it was the Canon's try to make a DSLR which can record good videos too (Introducing focus while filming, stereo mics, new processor).

It can take pictures while filming actually but the things is that if you move while taking the picture or some object move, then the film will look like cut in middle when you take the picture. (The film will stop, the camera takes the picture, and then it will resume)

  • I get the same with the 550D.
    – DoStuffZ
    Jan 13 '14 at 7:59

You can do it on a 5D Mk III (not APS-C) though the movie will 'freeze' for a second while it happens. See this excerpt from page 230 of the manual:

Taking still photos during movie shooting

  • If you take a still photo during movie shooting, the movie will record a still moment lasting approx. 1 sec.
  • The captured still photo will be recorded to the card, and the movie shooting will resume automatically when the Live View image is displayed.
  • The movie and still photo will be recorded as separate files on the card.

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