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ipad 2 camera; sometimes it doesn't work


iPF Noob
May 24, 2011
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i did a search on the web and couldn't find anything about it so maybe i'm doing something wrong or perhaps i have a defective ipad. this is what happens.

when i click on the camera icon, the camera function turns on. so far, so good. however, when i try to take a picture by clicking on the "button", nothing happens! i press and press and nothing. i wait for about 20 seconds and then i press and it clicks; picture taken. but sometimes even after that, i'll press and nothing happens. it's driving me nuts.

i don't know why it sometimes takes a picture and why it sometimes doesn't.

if you guys have any ideas, please let me know before it drives me nuts!

The easiest first way to try to solve ‘unexplained’ or ‘unusual’ problems with the iPad are:-

Force the offending app to close. If you have iOS 4.2 or 4.3 double-press the ‘Home’ button to bring up the multi-task bar at the bottom of the screen. Press *and hold* any icon until they start to ‘jiggle’. Then tap the top left-hand corner of the app that you want to close. It will ‘disappear’ from the list. Don’t panic - you’ve not deleted it, just closed it. Now tap the Home screen and the multi-task bar will disappear. Re-open the iPad’s app and see if the problem has resolved itself. If not, it’s on to possible solution number two!!
Restart the iPad. Press *and hold* the Power button. After a couple of seconds a slider control will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to switch the iPad off (this is all you’ll be doing). Slide the control to accept. A rotating white ‘bezel’ will appear in the iPad screen as the iPad powers down (it takes a few seconds, just like it would if you were shutting down your PC). When the screen of the iPad has gone completely blank, press *and hold* the Power button for a couple of seconds until the white Apple logo appears and the iPad starts to power up. This takes several seconds, so be patient. During the power up the automatic screen orientation function is disabled, so don’t panic. A few seconds before the power up is complete, the iPad plays a little ‘jingle’ and then you’re back to the Home screen. Restart the iPad’s app and see if the problem persists. Apple (and Forum members) recommend that you power down your iPad at least once a week, just as you might regularly completely switch off your PC. The normal procedure of just briefly pressing the Power button of the iPad merely puts it to ‘sleep’. Most Forum members have found that one of the two methods I’ve mentioned here cure a whole bunch of unexplained problems and are an easy first step to resolving most anything that happens on the iPad.

thanks for the quick and very clear instructions! i tried the first method and the camera seems to work as it should now but i'll try it for the next couple of days and post again; with any luck, your solution is all that's needed. thank you!
OK - pleased to hear - but don't hesitate to get back in touch with us if there's any more trouble - that's what we're here for!!

jeez! have you been nominated for sainthood yet?!? thanks for being so helpful!!! i really do appreciate it!
i thought so. guess what? i accidentally figured out why i was having problems. and it comes down to one simple thing: my finger was often on the screen while trying to take a shot. THAT was the problem! don't know if anyone else will be helped by this but i hope so!
As someone who is very very new to iPad, and only have a Dell computer, not a Mac - what exactly IS the Power button? My camera worked for about a month, but now, all I get on the camera is a blank black screen - no comtrols at all. Why?
FAIL: I sometimes take pics with my fingers over the camera lens lol I do it every time and never learn haha

Also another good tip is to hit the volume up button on the side and it also takes the picture.....

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