It is far more useful than you think. I use my iPad camera to catalog items and put stuff up for eBay (among other things). The big screen makes editing the image and typing up descriptions far easier than on an iPhone. However the big iPad causes shadows, and using separate lights will cause sideways shadows because the light is not right next to camera, let alone the hassle of setting up light. I know, some of you will say use iPhone to take picture and wait the 2 to 5 min to upload into photo stream. Really? I don't have the time to wait. The iPad is about ease of use and convenience, and having LED flash makes it just more convenient and easy to use.