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    They upgraded the camera to 5 mp, but didn't add a Flash!

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    I can only guess that Apple thought that while it does have a better camera now people will not be using the iPad as a camera very often or at all. Personally, I could live without any camera on the iPad except the front facing one for Skype and Facetime. But that's just me.
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    Um, because it is not a camera? Can you imagine how humorous it would be to walk about holding an iPad up to your face and taking flash pix? Too funny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seneca18 View Post
    Personally, I could live without any camera on the iPad except the front facing one for Skype and Facetime. But that's just me.
    Ditto

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    Most people claim they would not be caught dead using a tablet as a camera. I am not one of them, but my usage would be need based. I don't need to do it very often, it would seem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolfpuppies3 View Post
    Um, because it is not a camera? Can you imagine how humorous it would be to walk about holding an iPad up to your face and taking flash pix? Too funny.
    Not to pick on you specifically, but a lot of the complaints about the camera(s) on the new iPad seem to revolve around how silly/funny/stupid/ridiculous people feel they would look whilst using it (which is funny, as when the iPad 2 was introduced all people complained about was the poor quality of the cameras, and how Apple really needed to improve them...)

    I was a professional photographer for 20-odd years and spent most of that time hunched over a large-format camera with my head under a dark-cloth interpreting an image that was upside down and back-to-front; if I was worried about how I looked, I'd never have shot a single picture.

    FWIW, in my experience the new iPad makes a great camera - the retina display is like holding a bright, perfectly-exposed, richly-coloured 10x8 transparency in front of you, and the size of the screen makes accurate composition easy. Would I use it as my only camera? Of course not - as you say, it's a tablet, not a camera - but you shouldn't let that stop you from using it as a camera if the need arises.

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    An LED used for camera flash would be a nice to have option, but given the limited space in the iPad body, it wasn't that big of a necessity. I personally would never use the iPad as my typical photography device. I have my iPhone 4s and Nikon point n shoot for that.

    However, the camera is an EXTREMELY useful function for my needs. I use it to scan documents, notes, and articles for future reference. Here are a couple of common scenarios for me. In my other profession, I'm a personal trainer. I'll use my iPad to snap a before pic of a new client, open it in a note taking app like notability and make comments directly on the photo (target body parts, past injuries, weight, BF%, etc) and store it in the client's file. If a colleague has a question on exercise form, I can easily snap a photo of the start and end of the movement and annotate the pic, circle areas to pay attention to and draw arrows to where correct position should be, and email it to said colleague. If I'm at a certification course, I can snap a pic of the instructor's notes on the chalkboard to use as a reference to my own notes.

    The camera on the iPad has opened up a lot of productivity and convenience uses, and not just for conventional photo taking. I'm glad that the resolution has been improved from the iPad 2. I wouldn't mind having a flash, but I can live without it. Especially if it keeps the cost of the iPad down.

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    Cuz most likely are saving that for the iPad 4 lol

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    Not disappointed in the slightest.Actually, that's not true. I am disappointed they wasted any time and resource updating the rear-facing camera as it is almost entirely useless on a device of the iPad's form factor. Money would have been better spent upgrading the front-facing camera.Can you imagine how poor Facetime is going to look on a high resolution screen?

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    Quote Originally Posted by elija.wattson View Post
    Not disappointed in the slightest.Actually, that's not true. I am disappointed they wasted any time and resource updating the rear-facing camera as it is almost entirely useless on a device of the iPad's form factor. Money would have been better spent upgrading the front-facing camera.Can you imagine how poor Facetime is going to look on a high resolution screen?
    Improving the rear facing camera was one of the most requested updates, so there were plenty of people who were not intimidated by the form factor and iPad as a camera.


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