The trouble with an iPad 2 HD camera

Jan 23, 2011 - 6 Comments

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Nobody knows for sure what features the iPad 2 will have, although a camera is almost certain. The rumormill is currently going both directions on this, some iPad 2 rumors suggest that it will have dual cameras, perhaps both HD, and others say it will be 1 megapixel like the latest generation iPod touch.

But while many want an HD camera on the iPad 2, this picture above shows why that might be impractical. Can you imagine people holding up the relatively large iPad to take pictures? Looks a little silly doesn’t it? This is obviously a joke, but it does make a valid point.

Thanks to Patrick for sending in the above image!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPad

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  1. Davoos says:

    I would like high res for future proofing, although I expect we will get dual 1MP cams for FaceTime and PhotoBooth only. Remember the market is consumer hardware, not pro gear. If you want good pictures get 12MP DSLR, not an iPad.

  2. Jens says:

    Wait. What most people, including this writer, doesn’t realize is that the difference between “HD” and 1MP is tiny, and that 1MP is more high res – if you look at 720p that is currently referred to as “HD” (1080p as Full HD).

    720p (HD) or 1280×720 as the resolution is – makes for 0.92MP – so less then 1MP. While 1080p is 2.03MP.

    So I’m guessing we’re talking photo wise and not film wise. Doesn’t really matter actually since HD and 1MP is basically the same resolution. Photo wise it’s still quite useless though for printing. But unless you’re gonna crop a photo, most screens are less then 2MP anyways – and most people don’t even look at photos at full screen mode so…

    Also, to most of the consumers (and the guy above) – megapixels doesn’t make for a better camera. The more pixels you put into a sensor at a certain size – the more light it needs – which usually ends up in more noise. One of Nikons last gen Pro bodies was the D2H, and it was 4MP – at the same time as the D2X with it’s 12.2MP.

    I’d perfer a large sensor and some decent glass, which will make for a better picture.

  3. stephan bourdon says:

    Really, who is going to take an iPad to a concert? Or even a media event? An iPad is quite cumbersome, I use mine at home, or during a meeting. But walking around with a quite expensive piece of equipment during a concert or media event is … well … stupid. You don’t wear your best clothes on a concert, you wear something comfortable, easy to move around about in. So this is where the iPhone comes in – small, easy to carry about, to hold. Basically, the person who created the image was just about quickly creating (a badly photoshopped image) to get some attention, because, again basically, he/she isn’t worth anything, other than being able to capitalize on the “complain and you’ll get more” society we live in today. osxdaily.com, you really ca do better than this kind on sensationalist content.

  4. AustiSo says:

    Or you could just use a regular camera, or a cell phone and not look like a tool. I find the rear camera, if one, somewhat practical. Sure, 1 MP is not going to cut it for a professional photo, but that’s what the iPhone 4 set out to do. To a certain point.

  5. SteelerNation says:

    Don’t need an HD camera on the front, but on the back you want HD for pics

  6. gfnhdrb says:

    well an ipad with a camera is better than an ipad with no camera

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