sony pd 150/170 video cameras
Shooting Still Images
There are several ways to shoot still images with a digital video camera:
- Some cameras allow you to plug in a "memory stick" to record still images.
In this case, the camera's power button usually has a memory setting you select to record the images onto the card. Then you push a button on the camera that just records a single image of what you're viewing, like a regular camera.
- You can also use the still image button without a memory stick to shoot still pictures and capture them onto your mini-DV tape.
On the Sony TRV900, PD150 and PD170, the still image button is on the right rear on top of the camera and is labeled Photo.
To take a picture with the TRV900, PD150 or PD170, first make sure the power button on the back is set to Camera mode (which means you're ready for recording, but you haven't pressed the video record button).
Then press the Photo button and hold it in until the image freezes on the screen. Now press the button in fully to take the still picture.
- Or you can just shoot continuous video and later use a video-editing program to grab just a single still image or frame from the video.
This last approach is what we recommend, because it makes your video shoots less complicated and it's easier to retrieve a desired image off the video.