could some one help me with my new camera. SONY DCR_HC32

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Rickay726, Jan 3, 2006.

  1. Rickay726 macrumors 6502

    Rickay726

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    i just got my DCR Hc 32 for xmas i love it it takes good videos...but how ever i was wondering why when i take a still picture the quality is sooo crappy. it actually looks like a camera phone its that bad. is there anything im doing wrong. PS i have the quaitly set to fine but it dsnt make a difference some one please help me.
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

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    I doubt you are doing anything wrong. Camcorders just make very, very poor digital still cameras.


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  3. virus1 macrumors 65816

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    i have that camera as well. do not plan on using it for real as a digital camera. it wasn't built that way.. not meant to do it.. with the size of that thing the ccd must be crap..
     
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    its like using a psp as a music player.. it will work, but it seriously sucks
     
  5. kwajaln macrumors 6502

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    I think any camcorder that also doubles as a digital camera and shoots still pictures any less than 3MP just isn't going to look that good. That said, I have no idea what the MPs for the camera in question are. But I would rather take still shots with my cell phone than a camcorder. Think of it as a "neat" side feature that you probably shouldn't buy a camcorder for. Not yet anyway, but they are getting very close . . .
     
  6. Rickay726 thread starter macrumors 6502

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  7. Applespider macrumors G4

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    The HC32 only has a 1/6" sensor and the pixels available for taking pictures is only about a megapixel (you have to go up to the HC90? before you get 3.3 megapixels from the camera) - add in that the stabilisation doesn't kick in while you're in the video mode and if you're zoomed in, you're not going to get decent pictures.

    Best suggestion I can offer (if you're just looking for snapshot size) is video the footage and then take a still frame from within iMovie of the snapshot you want.
     

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