Video Cameras: The biggest difference is that most video cameras allow you to have the controls displayed over the viewfinder, making a wide range of editing techniques possible. Whereas many point and shot cameras, such as film cameras and camera phones, have no displays and require you to manually set up and operate the settings from the viewfinder, video cameras have built-in LCD screens that display the viewfinder settings.
Most DSLR cameras have the option to do this, but most, like the Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II, can not. I have not researched video cameras as far as the difference between them and DSLRs; however some commenters have noted that there are differences between cameras.
Saving and printing video footage is a very handy function of a video camera. This, however, can be a problem as the image quality is not great. Since most video footage is grainy/lacking color, I wouldn’t use a video camera without considering some color grading (like Adobe Premiere Pro) in the editing process.
Most of the video cameras here had similar menus when I had the time. There were a few exceptions (some were not in stock), like the Sony GH4, where there were two menus, one for “Settings,” and another for “Video.” For that case, I’d use the settings menu.
It’d be best to have the camera open, set to Video, and ready to go, then just switch to Color, and get started. If the images are too grainy, the image might look like it’s trying to be a picture of someone who is in a very dark room or something. Otherwise, the images will look like your typical film footage. If you get the images grainy, you can always switch back to color, which will make it look “clearer.”
For general use, I would recommend anything from a mid-tier DSLR, such as a Canon EOS-1D X, Nikon D5100, Olympus PEN E-PL5, or Pentax K-S2, to something in between, like a Sony A7II, Nikon D7100, or Pentax K-9000, or a full-fledged mirrorless camera, like the Olympus E-PL5, Olympus E-T1, and Nikon D3100. Some of the cameras require you to press and hold the shutter when turning the camera to record a video. Otherwise, just do the recording.