Does The new iPad improvements change your opinion on the iPad as a Camera?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by urkel, Mar 13, 2012.

  1. urkel, Mar 13, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 13, 2012

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    With The new iPad getting improvements in camera, screen quality, button positioning and the new iPhoto software then has your perspective on iPhone photography changed?

    I get why people wouldn't want to take a photo with the iPad last gen, but if you imagine a workflow where you
    1) Shoot
    2) edit in iPhoto
    3) Share on amazing Retina Screen or using online services

    Maybe now that awkward embarrassing moment of carrying a giant screen to take a photo is worth the tradeoff of convenience and instant photo gratification. :D
  2. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    The better camera is a plus but not the reason I bought the iPad 3.
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    No. I simply cannot see me using the camera a lot. I could be surprised. The iPad never leaves my house though for the most part unless I'm flying somewhere.
  4. DS3 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2011
    Best camera is the one you have on you. Of course most people have thier phones on them too, but if Im actively using the iPad I can easily see myself using it to take a quick photo now that the quality is there.

    Not going to use it to take a big album or anything but a quick snap when something arises.. yeah.

    The camera is useful for more than normal photos though, with focus and better resolution it can be used for scanning codes or documents and such now. And not every iPad owner is going to have an iPhone too.

    So basically.. yeah when I am actively using the iPad I think I would just use it to take a photo if needed rather than pull out something else.
  5. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    I don't think I'd start rocking an iPad on vacation or at the beach, but a better camera is a good plus anyway.

    It could now be more useful for playing with around the house (like for photo apps if you want to take a quick shot of something and edit it).

    I can see how the video camera part of it could now make it a decent device to shoot web videos with, especially if you plug in an external mic. You can then shoot the footage for a website or youtube or whatever right on the iPad, use iMovie to edit it, and post it, all without a computer.

    It would also be more fun to spend an hour or two editing on the iPad in bed or on the couch rather than at my full blown workstation in sitting position.
  6. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
    with the better camera at least I can envision myself using it. Before it was just "why bother" now I have some reason to believe useful photos can be made. It's the same optics as on the 4s with just a smaller 5MP sensor.
  7. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    As others have noted, it's a nice feature to have, but I doubt I'll use the rear camera at all. I have my iPhone, Canon DSLR and P&S for taking pics. In the rare instance where I don't have any either of them, nice to know the iPad camera isn't too bad a slouch and should perform okay for that moment. I'm sure though, some director will shoot an entire movie using just the iPad camera or some photog will take some wacky photos that will test the limits of the iPad camera down the road.
  8. ScubaCinci macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2008
    Cincinnati OH
    I never use the rear camera and frankly couldn't care less if it was there or not. I have an iPhone (with camera) on me at all times, a point and shoot and a DSLR. I guess I'm a photography snob but I can't understand why people are so gaga over photo editing software on the iPad/iPhone. If I have a nice picture, I'm editing it on the Mac/PC with Photoshop or similar.
  9. koigirl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    Nope. Maybe if I didn't have 4s with me at all times.
  10. d0vr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2011
    Nope. Would have preferred HD front facing camera for Facetime and other video to video calling software.
  11. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    I can't see myself in any situation where I would need to use the iPad camera over my phone or regular camera. My iPhone would always be in my pocket and has a more accessible camera. Or I'd have my DSLR or point & shoot on me if I planned to take better pictures.

    In the 11 months I had my iPad 2, I took maybe 3 pictures with the back camera right when I first got it, then never again. The front camera was used a handful of times to mess with photo booth and facetime.
  12. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I shot some video at a college reunion and let me tell you, it was fun. Having a 9.7" viewfinder lets you share the shooting fun with other people. Plus the shots are über easy to frame.
  13. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    I don't see myself using it much past the first few days. Definitely not outside the house, as there is the phone for that. We'll see how it goes though..
  14. SHIFTLife macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2008
    Nope, doesn't change my opinion at all. I will still laugh and think you look foolish taking a picture with a big-ass tablet. :D
  15. wbeem macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2012
    That may change as more people start using them that way. Right now, people may point & laugh because it's relatively new. Give it some time and it'll probably become commonplace and accepted.

    In my case, I'd be more likely to use the camera on my iPhone 4s and do my post processing on the iPad. It seems like a more convenient form factor for taking snapshots than whipping out an iPad.

    On the other hand, I think video on the iPad would be much better because you have that large screen.
  16. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    Even if it becomes "socially acceptable" to take pictures with a relatively large device, I can't think of why it would be preferred over a smaller device that will work just as good or better that you most likely have on hand.

    Anyways...I'm surprised this thread has gone this long without someone posting this picture. :D
  17. CapnJackGig macrumors 6502a

    Jul 17, 2011
    The shape, size, and weight of the iPad are why my opinion of any camera in the iPad will never change. It's a lousy camera.
  18. Archer1440 Suspended


    Mar 10, 2012
    Last November I delivered a lecture in London, and one of those attending put the whole thing on video with an iPad 2. I was amazed at how obtrusive this was, and many people behind him seemed to find it to be rude.

    I don't expect use of tablets for this sort of thing to ever be as mainstream as using a phone for the same purpose.
  19. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State

    See, here's the thing. I don't foresee me having the ipad somewhere that my phone wouldn't also be (seeing as my phone goes everywhere with me exept on short dog walks and I'm certainly not going to take my ipad with me on those either). I mean I'm not even seeing why anyone would take their ipad somewhere they wouldn't take their phone with them.

    And even if both had equal cameras, the phone is easier to hold which means it is also easier to get the best angle on the photo I want to take. And with photostream, I can just use that to easily get the photo on the ipad to show off or edit the photo.

    So why would I use the ipad to take a picture when it would be awkward to hold and to get the right angle?

    I have to agree with some other post on here (about good/bad about ipad), they should have improved the front camera instead cause I see more use for that with facetime or skype than the back camera.
  20. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
  21. DesertSilver macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2011
    Portland, OR
    The camera on the iPad was something Apple needed so they could check that box on the spec sheet. With the bump to the Retina display, they probably would have been accosted if the camera didn't get a bump to closely match the resolution.
  22. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    In a pinch, I'd use the camera. But I carry around a proper Point & Shoot and if I plan ahead of time a DSLR for photos.
  23. Cliff3 macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2007
    SF Bay Area
    My likely scenario for using this thing as a camera is if it meets my expectations as a note-taking device, becomes an indispensable business tool, and I end up using the camera to attach whiteboard photos to notes stored in Evernote.

    Otherwise I have real cameras and/or a cell phone that are either better as cameras or more likely to be with me at all times.
  24. wbeem macrumors member


    Mar 12, 2012
    For stills, I agree with you. I think the form factor of the iPhone 4s would be better for photos. However, video is a different matter. I think it's much easier to pay attention to the details with that big screen.

    Maybe Spike was making a movie.
  25. dennya macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2009
    When Apple perfects a feature that makes you not look like a total dork shooting video with a tablet, I might consider it.

    But no, since my iPhone has an even better camera, and the iPad will pick up those pictures via iCloud, I won't be shooting with the iPad.

    My only significant disappointment with the Nu-iPad is that they didn't update the terribad front camera. Facetime/Skype is the one thing I do use an iPad camera for, and it's annoying that disappointing iPad 2 front camera is carried over.

    I guess Apple had to hold something back for next year's update.

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