ipad camera fuzzy

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    I just got my ipad2 and tried the camera (I don;t plan on using it much however). I find that the viewer and the end product is very grainy - certainly not usable pix. The video camera seems slightly crisper - is this normal?
    Pat
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    The front camera is VGA-resolution and is designed for video conferencing - Skype, for example. The rear camera is about 1 megapixel resolution and is designed for higher resolution video conferencing and taking videos. Neither are designed for taking still pictures. Even the higher resolution rear camera is very low resolution by still camera standards - which typically might be 5 - 14 megapixels or even more. Basically you cannot use the iPad camera for taking good quality still pictures. So the results you see are entirely consistent with the specification of the cameras. I think that Apple never foresaw people holding up their iPads to take still pictures; for that you'd use a dedicated still camera - or perhaps your iPhone.

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    Thanks I don;t plan on using it for pix but was surprised at the graininess - I have seen videos posted on Youtube taken with an ipad2 that are very good quality but again I dont plan on doing this often if ever at all. I have an iphone for that - thanks again.

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    Hi ward9 even I found the same thing with my iPad, taking pics with such bulky device is definitely not something I would like to do, video taking ability is fine which is good enough for me.
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    Simple answer, yes it's normal.

    The iPad 2 takes reasonable video, the still pictures are simply awful.
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    Normal

    That's the way the iPad2 cameras are. If you need better clarity, use your iPhone4 or, better yet, your camera.
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    If the lighting is just right, it takes decent pic/video. But if the light is low AT ALL don't expect good pictures.
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    Just got my 2 because I liked the idea of a camera in iPad. I didn't realize the pics would be so grainy. I want to sit and take pics of grandkids, garden, etc. I always have my iPad with me I've lost too many cameras to count but I love the idea of a pad that does everything. Big enough to see and light enough to carry in my pocketbook. Just give me better picture taking ability. Would also be nice if the button were closer to the side so I could reach it more easily. I love to scroll through the family photos with the kids. Even the one 1/2 year old can slide the pics back and forth. Apple needs to think about we old ladies as well when developing. Of course we want good stills for our old eyes.

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    I agree 100%' I really can't believe apple put this pathetic excuse for a camera in such an expensive device. (my wife has an old samsung flip phone that takes higher resolution shots than iPad 2)
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    add me to the list of wishing the camera was better. it would truely make a world of difference. btu lately i been using my friends ipad for video and not so much pictures.
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    The camera on my ipad2 has been taking fabulous pictures for the first few month now they are really fuzzy no matter what light I am in? I am wondering weather I have knocked and broken the camera or if someone has messed up something in the settings? I can see from the previous posts that many other users have found the camera quality poor but I have really been taking great pictures so far with mine.
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    Try a complete power-off, power-on sequence. It fixes a whole load of issues.....


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    Have you checked if the lens is clean?
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    Hello, just wondering, I have the Ipad2, and the iTouch 4th gem, the 4th gen takes very good pictures at the exact same time as my iPad, and mine on the iPad are horrible in comparison. Any suggestions? Thanks... Mjc...

    (no I don't want to use it as an everyday camera at all, not even close, got a pro camera for that, just wondering why so bad on the iPad compared to the iTouch when the pics are taken the exact time..... Ty
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    Hi and welcome to the Forum. I don't know the exact specs of the iPad cameras but both are under 1 megapixel and this is why it's so bad when compared with your itouch
    Doing some searches is the best way to answer your questions, if then you cant find what you are looking for then by all means post your question, there are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you. Enjoy!!
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    Hello and thanks

    Hello and thank you for the speedy responce. ... I have looked all over the Internet for a cause, or reason for the "fuzzyneess - blurry pictures and haven't found anything but what you are basically saying. As stated I compleat ly understand I'm not going to get a 10 mp or high def photo, but when I use the exact 1 mp camera on my iTouch, although the picture is not perfect, it looks decent for a 1mp camera, but the iPads is ABSOLUTLY horrible by comparison. The iPad should be able at least take a decent picture, or one good enough to show a picture for comparison or get a clear point across.. I have an OLD OLD intel web cam that is no where near a 1 mp and the pictures is actually a tad better !altough it's grainy (only because of low light) but the picture isn't blurry. I wish I could upload a picture from this to show you but I can't upload pictures from my iPad, u less there is an App for that.. Thank you again for the timely responce. Am I'm glad to have found this forum, so at least in my search for my answer about pictures, I did find this site...Michael...

    Please excuse any "iPad changed words" lol...
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    I agree with you the camera on the iPad isn't good at all. I have read what they are, someone here did post the stats for them. I think it was .7 and .4 of a megapixel but I can't remember which is which. Photos are best taken in good light. We do have a thread about the camera and everyone has posted one they did take on the iPad. They are good in a pinch and do have their uses when you consider the size of the screen. When dismantling my TV and DVD player I took a photo of all the leads, great for this. They are best for Skype and FaceTime calls though. You can upload a photo on the Forum without an additional app. On the website just above the reply to thread box you will see little symbols, one is to upload a pic from either your camera roll or a URL. If you have the Forum app (Discussion Forum for iPad Users) when you are in the thread you want to reply to, you first choose the box with an arrow coming out of it at the top right hand corner and choose Reply to Thread, then an advanced tab will appear, press this and choose which one you want. Just have a play with it. I'm glad you've found this Forum, it really is a great place to learn about your iPad.

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