nah, dv uses almost exactly the same compression as jpeg, which is the format of these stills. the limiting factor with most dv is the lens and ccd, which both underperform compared to a still camera, not the compression.
You have me there Matt, I stand corrected.
Somehow I got it into my head that we were comparing video to film. If the stills are digital, your right, it's a different story. You just made me realize that my dislike of miniDV and DvCam, may have more to do with the differences between the cameras than the recording media. I guess it's not surprising that a BVW600 with 2/3" chips is going to look different than a DSR570 with 1/2" chips. I'll say this though, I have a lot more trouble getting the picture to look the way I want since having to switch to DvCam digital cameras. On occasions where I'm able to use DigiBeta, I don't seem to have these issues. Again, this probably has more to do with the camera than the tape format.
As for the original topic of this thread, It's still more an issue of technique rather than technology, isn't it?