If the iPad 2 lacks AutoFocus this is a bigger deal than you think.
(Disclaimer: I'm buying 2 iPads next week. So this rant is based more on confusion on Apples decisions than any sort of "hate")
Not only does the iPad 2 have the worst cameras in todays market, it also lacks auto-focus? This is actually a bigger deal than most people realize.
The iPad 2 cameras are .69MP Front/1MP Back which is oddly outdated. (Even the original 2007 iPhone had a 2MP camera) But the bigger problem beyond the low resolution is the lack of Auto-Focus. Yes, I've heard all the excuses about how "Its too awkward to take a picture anyway" but the defenders are missing the big picture. Cameras are not only for photographing people.
The autofocus on the iPhone 4 have opened up a ton of apps that simply cannot be ported to the iPad 2 because of the cheap camera we get.
- Google Translate (Take pic, google translates to another language)
- Banking Apps (In-App Check deposit requires auto-focus for clear scan)
- QR Codes (Those square barcodes links are convenient and popular)
- Barcodes (Price checking isn't only for when youre at Walmart)
- Page Scanners (This isn't only for spy movies anymore)
- HDMI Output (Low-Res on iPad is okay, but on your 60" HDTV its terrible)
And lets not forget iMovie. People claim that we should "Use a real camera if you want a real picture", but what then they are missing the point of the entire iMovie/Garage Band presentation. The iPad is now a MEDIA CREATION device so theres an imbalance between the high quality software and the low quality hardware.
Sorry for those offended by this rant but I think it should be understandable as to why some people may not dismiss the camera as simply an add-on gimmick. Cameras are useful IF implemented properly. And unfortunately Apple chose not to care.
- 03-05-2011, 01:47 PM #2
The cameras may work better than their specs look on paper. Even if Apple put a 8 MP camera on the iPad 2, it doesn't mean it would be a fantastic camera. I had an HTC Inspire with an 8 MP camera and it didn't take the best pictures in the world.
Megapixels are only one part of the equation.
- 03-05-2011, 11:59 PM #4iMore Beginner
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I'd have to agree. It kind of defeats the purpose of having the rear camera, other than for maybe taking a quick snap-shot to put up on Facebook or something like that. No matter how good the processing and such, 1MP just isn't enough to do any of the 'scanning' type stuff that would be so useful to do with the iPad.
That said, it won't stop me from getting one. I mainly wanted the front camera for video conferencing (I assume it's pretty similar to the camera in a MacBook or MacBook Pro, which has worked well enough). I'm just bummed that the rear camera is pretty much just a spec line item, but not that useful as a tool... when it could have been.
I suppose the iPad 3 will have a better camera in it. They probably couldn't get the iPhone4 camera in the iPad, so will have to find some new sensor to fit the design.
Last edited by Urkel; 03-06-2011 at 08:21 AM.
- 03-06-2011, 09:52 AM #6
- 03-06-2011, 11:25 PM #7
According to CNET, both cameras are for video only so no still pictures can be taken. This is just like the iPod nano with a camera. In all honestly, who would even consider taking a picture with an iPad, it's not practical especially since I know I'm never that far from my iPhone. Plus it would look ridicules.
- 03-07-2011, 07:07 AM #8
This is the problem with journalists today. Their job is to dig for the truth but unfortunately when it comes to Apple they are so easily caught in the Reality Distortion Field that they get suckered into the taglines and forget to actually ask questions or consider real world scenerios outside of the staged Apple demo room. "Cameras are for more than just taking pictures of people" and its a shame that nobody thought of asking about autofocus or document photo clarity because the iPad is supposed to be evolving into a true business tool that would benefit from that.
Last edited by Urkel; 03-07-2011 at 02:54 PM.