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amitdoc2b
Sep 17, 2012, 04:04 PM
I know its 720P HD Video, but how about the megapixels is the iSight camera for the 2012 Macbook Air if taking snapshots? Thanks a bunch.



Beanoir
Sep 17, 2012, 04:52 PM
why do you need to know?

tiwizard
Sep 17, 2012, 05:04 PM
I know its 720P HD Video, but how about the megapixels is the iSight camera for the 2012 Macbook Air if taking snapshots? Thanks a bunch.

It takes pictures 1080 by 720 in Photobooth (0.8 megapixels). It isn't a higher resolution camera than that-- that's just the maximum, unlike the iPhone's back camera. That is more of a limit in processing power though (which is why it can't take 4k video)

stchman
Sep 17, 2012, 05:14 PM
why do you need to know?

What kind of response is that? The OP has a valid question.

Mike in Kansas
Sep 17, 2012, 06:12 PM
why do you need to know?

Why do you care?

pgiguere1
Sep 17, 2012, 08:30 PM
Unless this has been changed since last year, Photo Booth can only take pictures at 640x480.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/the-macbook-pro-review-13-and-15-inch-2011-brings-sandy-bridge/13

It can however go up to 1280x720 for videos so I'm guessing it's just a software limitation with Photo Booth, not hardware, possibly because still pictures would look too crappy otherwise. That's what they did with the 5th gen Nano if I remember correctly.

tiwizard
Sep 17, 2012, 09:13 PM
It takes pictures 1080 by 720 in Photobooth (0.8 megapixels). It isn't a higher resolution camera than that-- that's just the maximum, unlike the iPhone's back camera. That is more of a limit in processing power though (which is why it can't take 4k video)

Unless this has been changed since last year, Photo Booth can only take pictures at 640x480.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4205/the-macbook-pro-review-13-and-15-inch-2011-brings-sandy-bridge/13

It can however go up to 1280x720 for videos so I'm guessing it's just a software limitation with Photo Booth, not hardware, possibly because still pictures would look too crappy otherwise. That's what they did with the 5th gen Nano if I remember correctly.

See my post.

Beanoir
Sep 18, 2012, 06:39 AM
Why do you care?

I wouldnt have asked if I didn't care!?

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What kind of response is that? The OP has a valid question.

Its the kind of response that was intended to find out why the OP needed to know and to help answer his question by putting something in to context.

For instance if the OP is trying to decide on quality of the picture/video it might help to understand more around the optics and software rather than just the pixel count as the former two factors have a far greater effect on image quality than the latter. People often get far too hung up on pixel count thnking there is a direct correlation to image quality.

Apologies for trying to help though.