iPad 2 camera review compared to iPhone 4
One of the main differences from the iPad 2 compared to its predecessor are the 2 new cameras Apple added. There is now a camera on the back of the iPad 2 along with a front facing camera. So how do these new cameras stack up to the camera of the iPhone 4? Here is a quick review of the iPad 2 camera quality. Also if you want to check out our first thoughts of the iPad 2 head on over to this article: iPad 2 photographers review.
First let me start off by saying what the iPad 2 camera does well and I really think was created for, FaceTime. It serves as a good webcam to hold video chats with your family and friends and the quality of these video chats is pretty good. Having a larger screen compared to your iPhone does make FaceTime calls much more enjoyable and this is definitely the benefit of these 2 new cameras. It feels like the perfect size screen to hold in your hands and have a video chat. Heading outside to talk photos with your iPad has a completely different feel to it though. First you tend to hold the iPad with both hands unlike a iPhone and clicking the button in the center can make you move the iPad and throw off your composition. It would be so nice if they had a touchscreen interface on the back of the iPad that you could use to fire the shutter. It is lightweight enough to easily hold with one hand but since its so large you automatically want to grip it with 2 hands so firing the shutter does seem a little awkward. Also the screen when in full sun can be difficult to see with the glare, so talking photos in full sunlight is a challenge.
Aside from some of these challenges how does the actual image quality of the iPad measure against the iPhone 4’s camera? Unfortunately its a disappointment, I don’t think the iPad is going to replace the 8×10 viewcamera any time soon. Especially in low light situations. the images taken on the iPad 2 are pretty bad. The noise that you get makes low light images look splotchy and almost have an appearance of a watercolor image. Take a good look at the 4th image down and you will see exactly what I mean. This was taken indoors and there was a decent amount of room light in this area, the iPhone 4 was able to handle the situation but not the iPad. Here are some sample images taken with the iPad and also the iPhone 4 as a reference. Click on any of the images to view them larger.
The iPad 2 camera does fare much better when you are in brighter light. Here are a few outdoor shots that look decent on the iPad.
Overall the iPad camera leaves much to be desired, but with the bulk of using it as a camera there isn’t going to be much need for the camera function anyway. I think more people will be using these cameras for FaceTime video calls which does seem to have a good quality for a video chat. For everyone who picked up an iPad2 over the weekend what do you think, whats your favorite thing about the iPad 2 so far? Leave us a comment below or head over to our facebook page.