Why the camera of iPad PRO is only 8MP?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by peterpan123, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. peterpan123 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    The galaxy note 2 which I bought few years ago has a 8MP camera. Why such an expensive high end iPad PRO uses 8MP camera as well?
  2. Codeseven macrumors 6502a

    Dec 31, 2008
    I think the camera is there just to have one just in case so 8MP is plenty. Unlike an iPhone where it seems people are constantly taking pictures or an iPad where it seems people rarely use it to take pictures instead of their handy phone, the much larger iPP will probably see it's camera used even less then the smaller iPad.
  3. oneshotpro Suspended

    Aug 13, 2014
    apple cheaps out to be able to "upgrade" the 2nd & 3rd gen etc..
  4. peterpan123 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2014
    I also think that they intentionally do that so that they could have minor upgrade of iPad PRO later.
  5. gsingham macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2013
    I don't know why they even bother with a rear camera.if anything a better front camera on a tablet would be more appreciated
  6. BrennerM macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2010
    Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    If you want to take good quality photos, don't use a huge tablet which is inherently difficult to keep steady. 8MP is plenty for the rare times you will take photos with an iPad Pro.

    And if you go to a concert, do not bring your iPad Pro and film the whole thing. Someone behind you is very likely to smash it to pieces.
  7. chasonstone macrumors regular


    Dec 24, 2010
    I get having camera on the back of iPads for those moments where it would be convenient to snap a picture or turn the camera around during FaceTime. But I've seen people take iPads to Universal, the beach, etc. and use it as a camera and that is so beyond weird to me. They're too big to be a camera, a better front facing camera would be more valuable than even bothering with the rear one. Tablets aren't designed to be a camera and I think Apple knows that.
  8. CC117 macrumors 6502


    Feb 25, 2013
    Because please don't take pictures on a 12" iPad :confused:
  9. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  10. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    Yeah a 12.9" tablet simply isn't particularly good for taking photos with.
  11. Skika macrumors 68030

    Mar 11, 2009
    More MP doesn't mean better image quality.
  12. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    Actually, a tablet would be much easier to keep steady than an iPhone as holding your arms close to your sides for stability would be more comfortable with a tablet.
  13. mgs315 macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2011
    I think I'd prefer to use the iPad Pro with my Eye-fi SD card in my SLR for taking pictures than a small 8MP sensor. Hell, I'd rather use my 6+ and share them across..

    Still, whatever floats your goat. I think iPad photo taking looks silly as it is with a 9.7 incher. Try it out in store, 8MP should be plenty anyway.
  14. amnichols10 macrumors regular

    May 19, 2008
  15. EdisEdward, Nov 4, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2015

    EdisEdward macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2013
    dont care about the rear camera, but im pissed the front camera isn't as good as the iphone 6s. i will be using facetime on this more than taking pics with rear camera
  16. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    8MP is plenty for lots of things.

    We use iPads at trade shows. When a customer visits the booth we can photograph the bar code on their badge and quickly get their contact information.

    I also use this in the lab to image samples while I'm taking notes during an analytical session.

    Not all photos are high art. Sometimes we just need a clear image to document something and for that the 8MP camera in the iPad is great.
  17. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Why is one relevant to the other? Why do you need more than 8MP? What are you not able to do with 8MP that you could do with more MP? Why are you only concerned about MP and not all the other factors that affect image quality?
  18. pat500000 macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2015
    They know you'll buy it regardless.
  19. Skylitfly macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2014
    Because you're not supposed to use iPad as a camera constantly. Don't be that guy. Use your iPhone instead.
  20. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

    Apples n' Stone

    Apr 13, 2015
    Maidstone, U.K
    I can see it now, everyone running about with their 12.9" iPad taking 4K Videos and selfies around about town. Because that's obviously going to be popular AND ergonomic for trouser pockets on the iPad PRO. Joining in with the all capitals trend to make sure nobody is confused that we mean iPad MINI or iPad AIR because lower case is harder to understand, allegedly. :rolleyes:
  21. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

    Apples n' Stone

    Apr 13, 2015
    Maidstone, U.K
    Oh, and I forgot megapixels are the single definitive factor to camera quality.
  22. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    That's like saying the diameter of the wheels on your car determines the speed.
  23. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

    Apples n' Stone

    Apr 13, 2015
    Maidstone, U.K
    But it does, surely? :rolleyes:
  24. Apples n' Stone macrumors 65816

    Apples n' Stone

    Apr 13, 2015
    Maidstone, U.K
    Where is that beating a dead horse gif when you need it?

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