Why is the MBPr's camera so bad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lambert Kober, Jul 30, 2015.

  1. Lambert Kober macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2015
    I mean, with how good the iPhone's camera is, I do not understand why the MBP's camera is so bad...
  2. BaggieBoy macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2012
    Well you are not going to take your rMBP around to take photographs are you?

    Comparing it to the rear camera on the iPhone is pointless. The camera on the rMBP is comparable to the front Facetime camera on the iPhone because they share a common purpose.
  3. Lambert Kober thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2015

    I know but does it really matter if they have a 720p or 8mp iPhone camera? Does one take up more space or require more money?
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Yes obviously the excellent sony parts used in the Iphone take up more space and need lenses etc and cost a lot more money, this is just not needed for facetime or similar uses.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No but what purpose is a 720p camera on a laptop? It has limited appear and may also increase the price if they did add that (and the MBP is expensive enough as it stands)
  6. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    I'm all for better cameras, but a higher-quality camera means that you are streaming more data for facetime/skype. Most home internet has really low upload speeds with fast download speeds, so apple is probably prioritizing smooth playback over quality.
  7. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    No need to anything better that fits in the space available. It's for facetime calls, not shooting the latest Hollywood blockbuster or taking award winning photographs.
  8. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    As others have mentioned it would be pointless as well as an unneeded added extra cost. No one is going to take pictures with a laptop camera and for things like FaceTime and Skype what is included is perfectly adequate.
  9. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2014

    This really. 3rd party exists if needing more. Phones get a better camera since they have become a kind of replacement to lugging around a camera body with lens kit.

    Skype and such do not have and do not support higher quality video really. VTC systems from cisco and polycom say hi here. And you pay well for it. that box it runs through does lots of data magic to get the various high quality data codecs they may use passed across even plain ole ISDN to look as nice as possible at all ends.

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