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The specs for the iPad's rear-facing camera only lists one number: 720p. That should mean 1280 x 720 pixels, which gives a megapixel figure of 0.92, clearly useless for stills.


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It's extremely likely that the iPad 2 and the iPod Touch share the exact same camera (although we won't know for sure until iFixit tears one open to see). It seems that it will be fine for movies, and bad for photos.
If this is true I may not be getting one. Apple is being shady not releasing the specs of the RAM and camera.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/TECH/gaming....ex.html?hpt=C2
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How is that "clearly" useless for stills but would be okay for HD video?

Secondly, who in the hell is going to hold up a 10" tablet for taking pictures? I can pretty much guarantee anyone with an iPad already has 2 or more digital cameras lying around and/or cell phones...which just so happen to be a little better suited for taking pictures.

I was hoping the iPad 2 didn't have a rear camera...one less thing to pay for. About the only real purpose I see the rear camera being well suited for is augmented reality apps.

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Still, for a device that costs a minimum of $500, it would be nice to have a better image sensor, rather than these bottom-of-the-barrel ones Apple insists on using.
Isn't he comparing two totally different things here? An image sensor and resolution? Or am I mistaken?
 
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Who takes pics with a giant tablet?
   
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Who takes pics with a giant tablet?
Thats kinda what i was thinking... I wouldnt wanna be waving my $500 tablet pc around... I might as well by a news camera for HD videos.
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who in the hell is going to hold up a 10" tablet for taking pictures? I can pretty much guarantee anyone with an iPad already has 2 or more digital cameras lying around and/or cell phones...which just so happen to be a little better suited for taking pictures.
my thoughts exactly


i will be getting the ipad2 but i couldn't care less about the cameras........there are 3 point and shoot digital cameras in my house, and 1 DSLR in the house, PLUS 3 iPhones......ill use one of those for pics.
Edited by Squeeker The Cat - 3/4/11 at 10:57am
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I am probably going to buy an ipad 2 or the wifi only xoom, and I dont have a digital camera. This doesnt stop me from buying the ipad either. My phones camera is broken due to the custom rom I am using, they are working on a fix.
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Not to hate but isn't this a rumor? Or at the very least, unconfirmed.
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How is that "clearly" useless for stills but would be okay for HD video?
DVD-quality video is roughly 640x480 (VGA). Have you ever seen a still from a VGA digital camera? The quality is horrible.

1280x720 isn't much better for a still image.
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DVD-quality video is roughly 640x480 (VGA). Have you ever seen a still from a VGA digital camera? The quality is horrible.
The front camera, yea. How bad could it be though when you're 2 feet in front of it? I think that for purposes of videoconferencing and that other photobooth app, it would be good enough. Guess we'll find out.

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1280x720 isn't much better for a still image.
By today's standards, probably not. I'm not saying it's great or anything, I just don't see the rear camera being too useful to begin with on any device that large. Adding more MPs is just bragging rights imo.
 
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Originally Posted by Squeeker The Cat View Post
my thoughts exactly


i will be getting the ipad2 but i could care less about the cameras........there are 3 point and shoot digital cameras in my house, and 1 DSLR in the house, PLUS 3 iPhones......ill use one of those for pics.
The term is "I couldn't care less."
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