Originally Posted by madi123
4) Can I really take still images (photos) while recording a video if I'll buy a Sony Memory Stick? What will be the quality? 2MP or 10.2MP?
Here's how pictures work on the SR11: there are two modes on the camcorder, and picture taking behaves differently between the two.
Mode #1: Video - The aspect ratio and the resolution are fixed to widescreen 7.1MP, independently of if you're recording video or not. The flash is disabled in that mode. Note that you can use night shot to take photos, but you can't apply "pict effect" (which are misleadingly called, since they're really video effects).
Mode #2: Photo - You can choose which resolution the picture will be taken from VGA to 10MP (only one widescreen res is available though, which is the same as 7.1MP).
You can set the pictures to record on the HDD or the stick, and do so independently of the video. Personally, I didn't take any chance of any hiccup on the video side and just bought a 4GB stick from Costco ($30) that I'm planning to use to record photos.
Quality-wise, from what I see on the 7.1MP and 10MP pictures I took so far, they seem to be of similar quality (no degradation of the color quality in video mode). There's obviously some interpolation done to get both resolutions and it shows a little on the effective resolution when compared to true 10MP pictures. But they're also looking sharper than a 4-5MP to me. I hope an incoming professional review will do some resolution tests on the photos coming out of the SR11, as I know countless of people that are looking for good hybrid (good camera taking decent HD video or good camcorder taking decent hi-rez pictures), and with my experience so far, the SR11 could be what they were looking for.