iPod Camera any good?

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by MacWanter, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    #1
    When I get my 27" iMac in January, I want to be able to listen to some tunes, take pictures, make videos ect. Will the iPod be a good choice as a camera..? I'm not a pro photographer but I want to take casual photos, such as on vacation or when something funny happens. It will be my first apple purchase along side the iMac, and I want to be able to enjoy it as much as possible. Also, do you think I require a case? Thanks! :D
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #2
    As an aspiring photographer I would say the camera is ok. Given they have bundled effectively a camera strap with it, it's certainly being touted as a night out camera.
    I am enjoying using it to take some fun pics of autumn with the camera + app as the weather where I am in the uk is grey, dark and horrid at the moment!
    As an overall device, the iPod is fantastic. If you're likely to be taking it out on a lot of nights out then a case is a must. You'd need to weigh up whether taking a £300 device out is ok or a cheap £80 compact camera would make you feel more comfortable.
    In terms of photo examples, keep your eye on Flickr. Once these things get more into the open hopefully the number of photos will increase on that site.

    As far a holidays are concerned, the panorama option is very impressive, a very simple process I can see being used a lot.

    As a complement to your iMac in general it's great, I would say buy one!
     

    Attached Files:

  3. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    #3
    For normal, everyday use, the camera will succeed. It's only when you need to do some highly detailed macro shots. Some color sensitive shots, stuff in low light, high seed, speciality things that you cant expect of a cell phone camera.

    It's quite decent. I spent some time at the beach today playing with the panorama feature:



    [​IMG]
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #4
    Tried to take a more sensible one today, this shows up the point about about macro shots, the leaf veins aren't sharp, although the wind was blowing these leaves around like no ones business...
    Note, i've pushed this through some processing in snapseed. I find the standard photos are washed out, so theres some saturation boost, white balance changes and sharpening applied, plus a crop.
    If i ever see the sun again it'll be nice to try and see if it fares better not under dull grey british skies...
     

    Attached Files:

  5. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2008
    #5
    I find the cameras to be great for out door shots and have no issues with those.

    Indoor is a lot better than the 4g, especially considering that you now have the ability to use the LED as a flash. One thing I've noticed though, when using the flash at about 3 - 4 feet away, details get overwhelmed and overshadowed by the flash. I took pictures of people at this range and at times, you couldn't really make out all of the facial features .
     
  6. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2008
    #6
    Can anyone compare the iPod Touch 5 camera with the iPhone 4S camera?

    I used to have an iPhone 4S and liked the quality of the pictures very much. I have an Android phone now for work but the camera is not very good and I would like to have a pocketable iOS device to carry around with me. Debating the merits of a used Iphone 4S from eBay (no SIM, just to use as an iPod and camera) vs. new iPod 5 which are about the same price.

    Since the camera is one of the more important features to me I'm very curious if anyone has experience with both iP4S and iPT5. Thanks for any feedback or advice!
     
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2012
    #7
    Yeah, I mean, I'm not only getting it for the camera. iOS apps are nice too. After all, I have a kindle fire already.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2012
    #8
    The iPod touch camera is great and is right on par with the 4s camera IMO, get the touch though for a multitude of reasons; won't be used(brand new), thinner, option of colors and the lightning connector is great!
     
  9. macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2012
    Location:
    The Digital Frontier
    #9
    Honestly I am not using my iPod Touch camera. If you want a decent camera, go out and spend your money on a decent camera instead. the ipod touch's main goal is a gaming device. What do you expect? a 20 megapixel camera?
     
  10. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2012
    #10
    I'm pretty impressed with the camera. Granted, I haven't owned a point and shoot in a few years, and have never had a smartphone with a camera so I was pretty excited to get any kind of camera. But so far this one is not disappointing.

    Took the obligatory "just got my iPod touch so lets go outside and take pics of the dog" shot with the Camera + app, with very minimal filtering.
     

    Attached Files:

  11. macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2011
    Location:
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole
    #11
    I think the camera's pretty darn good.

    BTW, maybe the iPod touch 5 is a gaming device for kids, but for adults it's much, much more.

    Taken at the Lincoln Park (Chicago) Farmer's Market last weekend:

    Carrots.jpg
     
  12. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 27, 2012
    #12
    Here's another that I took this morning. This one is more heavily edited - a few filters in Camera +, some blur effects/contrast/color editing in photoshop
     

    Attached Files:

  13. macrumors 68020

    LadyX

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2012
    #13
    I don't have an iPod Touch 5G, but these pictures look great!
     
  14. macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2012
    #14
    I am pleased with my iPod touch 5.
    If you realise this is not a digital camera, but a mediaplayer, the camera is not bad at all!
    Here's a panorame i've made yesterday.
     

    Attached Files:

    • 1.jpg
      1.jpg
      File size:
      284.7 KB
      Views:
      164
  15. macrumors member

    Joined:
    Apr 8, 2010
    Location:
    Maryland
    #15
    Very nice edit!
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #16
    Took a few over a long weekend, edits in snapseed

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  17. Bokehfoto, Nov 1, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2012

    macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2012
    #17
    love it but not really noticing much change when I switch to HDR mode
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2011
    #18
    That's either Huntington Beach or a beach that's an amazing clone.
     
  19. macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    #19
    Huntington Beach it is :)

    Here's some cemetery pics I took in New Orleans a couple days ago:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2009
    Location:
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, USA
    #20
    I am curious about this as well. If the seller is reliable, etc. Can you put a sim back into it if you decide to go with a phone/data plan?
     
  21. macrumors 604

    wordoflife

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2009
    #21
    I'd prefer using a normal camera, even one for $140 will take _better_ photos than this, but I have to admit the photos aren't half bad.

    Cameras have more features, more memory, better quality pics, more easier to use, more durable...etc than an iPod Touch.

    It should be fine though. Like I said, the pics look great. Just have to get used to it, I guess.
    Yeah ... depends.
    If your sold a phone blocked by a carrier, then no, it won't work. Doesn't make the seller unreliable, exactly, if he advertised it that way. Additionally, not all carriers have a SIM so you have to see what kind of 4S you've ordered.
     
  22. faroZ06, Nov 4, 2012
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2012

    macrumors 68040

    faroZ06

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    #22
    The iPod camera is good for a point-and-shoot. The lens is small, and there are no manual controls, but it should be OK in most cases. The lack of flash might be the only issue. There should be a Dock Connector flash accessory :D

    EDIT: The new iPod touch (G5) has a flash. The older ones do not.
     
  23. macrumors 604

    wordoflife

    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2009
    #23
    Actually it has a flash! :)
    [​IMG]
     
  24. macrumors 68040

    faroZ06

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2009
    #24
    Oh right, I was thinking of the G4, but he never specified which generation ;)
     
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    May 14, 2012
    Location:
    UK
    #25
    I've been impressed that the shutter lag has been fairly minimal for a "camera phone". A lot of the time you want to pull it out of your pocket and snap quick, bearing in mind you can't fiddle with any settings.
     

Share This Page