Why is there no Flash on the Ipad 3?

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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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    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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    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.

    Cheers, Pete
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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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    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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    The first thing that confused us is the name. Instead of going with the name iPad 3 or iPad HD, Apple has gone back to the basics and is simply calling this the ‘iPad,’ or “The new iPad.” While this naming convention is sure to confuse and annoy us geeks and press people of the world who must write about “The new iPad” everyday, it shouldn’t mean much to you (unless you’re one of us!). It’s a third-generation iPad.


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    I use my iPad 3...do t care what the name is...new iPad, 3rd gen etc. it is the third iPad...thus iPad 3...

    Anyway, I use my iPad 3 as a camera a lot as I take it every where I go now. I never thought I would. If one thinks taking a picture with a tablet is 'embarrassing', try carrying a satchel (with no skittles in there) around all the time.

    The iPad 3 5 megapixel camera is far superior in picture quality over my 8 megapixel android phone.

    And yes, the improvement of the 2 to 3 camera is the most impressive improvement. More so, for me, than the retina display on the 3.

    Btw. Naming the iPad 3 as the 'New iPad' is a stroke of genius. Every iPad release will be referred to as a 'New iPad'.
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    Flash is not really required due to the low light quality of the camera, but for those situations that are too dark for that, why use the iPad? The iPad has limited use as a camera, but it can be very handy and will produce great photos for those times its needed.
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    The line between genius and insane is amazingly thin. :)
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    Brilliant, Suggest that to Automotive industry.
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    I use my iPad camera a lot in my work. The iPad wouldn't be nearly as functional for me without. Not having a camera would have been a big mistake. We all know that adding a functional flash should have been pretty simple. It would have made the iPad nearly perfect for me. I am betting it is going to happen. Just a ploy to get more people to plunk down more money for the next iPad.
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    Well, it is not a phone, not a radio, not a tv, not a computer, not a notepad, not a bookshelf, not many other lots of things, but we use it to take pictures, make calls, whatch movies and listen to music, take noter etc...!
    The point is that it's odd to have a built-in app, or tool, that's called "photocamera" and not using it as such, or not considering it to be really meant to be a camera, just because the device itself it's not a camera! :D
    There are many humorous things or even ridiculous, that we can do with our iPad and its bizarre apps (for example the mirror app to adjust one's makeup!!), and the camera is not the funniest, in my opinion. Again, a mobile phone is not a camera, either, still it comes sometimes with an impressively good camera, with an incorporated flash. For these reasons it's quite simple to agree that what looks obvious for you, probably it is not for other people who have a wider sight on things.
    I agree that the no-flash decision made by Apple is more on a technical side of things: it may demand too much (battery? precision? physical room?) for how the ipad is conceived, and the price it can cost, compared to the previous editions, and other apple devices. So they greatly improved the camera and let it without a flash also in the ipad 3. A step forwards.
    Fra
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    I couldn't help but laugh as I watched a women walk waist deep into a wave pool with her ipad using it to take pics... She got bumped and it slipped... Guess what they don't float either....
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    Lol that is so funny maybe she needs a iFLOAT


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