New Apple iPod Touch 4G: What Can The 1MP Camera Do?

By Jamie Pert - Sep 8, 2010

Since it was revealed that the upcoming 4th generation iPod Touch’s camera takes stills at a resolution of just 1 megapixel we have heard nothing but criticism, therefore we thought we would look at what the camera do, rather than what it can’t do.

Obviously a 1 megapixel camera is not going to take great quality images, especially if you wish to print them out, however the quality should be pretty good for small print outs.

Luckily HP have a guide on their website which shows you how megapixels affect print size, the outcome for the iPod Touch 4G is not great, however better than some would have expected.

According to HP a 1 megapixel camera should take photos will give you ‘Good’ print quality when printed at 5 X 7 (inches), however they also go on to say prints would look ‘better’ at 4 x 6 (inches) and for best results they should be wallet size (passport photo I guess),

You can see a table showing how megapixels affect via the image embedded below. Obviously the 1 megapixel camera is a disappointment however at least there are some uses.

Do you think the 1 megapixel camera is sufficient?

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  • DCD

    Well, I think the camera on the New Ipod touch 4th Gen. Sucks.. The pictures are crap. My crummy cell phone takes much better pictures and it's crap too. That will tell you how bad they really are. For the price I expected more.

  • tom

    im gettn mine tommorow

  • Mikey

    I cnt wait 4 my ipod on Christmas 😀

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  • oudinmelanie09

    I just got the new iPod Touch 4G and it is really a video playerwith thinner design including two cameras for FaceTime and HD video recording, Retina display from iPhone 4, Apple A4 chip.

    But there still a limitation of its playable video formats. iPod Touch 4G can additionally play video with formats of MPEG-4 (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) and QuickTime video formats. This is a headache issue because various video downloaded from web or Blu-ray/DVD video can not be played in this iPod Touch 4G. Via google, I found a program named Aunsoft iMedia Converter for Mac is an ideal assistant for iPod Touch 4G. This software can efficiently transcode almost all formats of video to iPod Touch 4G video formats.
    Now share this info with you, guys.

    Hope useful.


  • I am working on my first album and I have intentions to get it into Itunes. Thank You very much for the information!

  • mike


    Just to correct you it is not 1 megapixels but 0.69 MP which means you get a 960 x 720 pixels
    very small and low quality pictures. Just good enough for fun pics. holiday pics for emails or IPod touch camera roll. Maybe for a passport photo okay but not 5 x 7 inch.

    Mike from Australia

  • Talha

    I WANT ONE !

  • robinson

    Looking to Upgrade has it right!

  • Laura Uberalle

    Uh my Mac's Photobooth takes 1.4 I believe. They look pretty good to me! If you want to take pictures with an Apple product, get the iPhone 4, which has an amazing 5 MP camera.

  • Looking to Upgrade

    As indicated above the camera is only .7mp which is closer to .5 than to one. So “Good” might only be 2.5″x3.5″ and “Best” would be “Postage Stamp”. Pitiful.

  • Janet

    Well, I love my iPod touch. It's a phone, without the phone, with a new Retina Display, the A4 CPU, two cameras which allow for FaceTime calling and 720p video recording, just magical!
    What's more, with the 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen, Retina Display, which means it had equal resolution (960 x 640) and pixel density (326 ppi) as the iPhone 4, all make watching video entertainment an utterly new experience on it, U know Im a totally movies fans, now apple's iMovie upgrade adds the support for 4 generation, sounds maybe I don't need to use iFunia iPod video Converter to do the converting, at least sometimes much trouble was saved.
    Besides, FaceTime calls and Game Center, can't wait to get one and experience!
    Aha, overall, have to say Apple is the best. They have the ability to change the momentum of the market with great products. I like it!!

  • lokienloki

    New ipod touch is good. Although, one will ask how can we do facetime if we can't call? I guess we'll just rely on iChat. iPod Touch 4G Unbiased Impression

  • Kyle

    the apple cameras always have lower resolution i have a 12.1 mp sanyo and my 3gs with a 3.0 mp still takes clearer pictures any day… its all about the size of the image with megapixels, not the clearness or quality of the photos… I think 1 megapixel will be good

  • lipa90

    0.7 mp not 1 mp and what about pc screen when you wont watch the picture?

  • jc e

    i think 1 mp camera is more than enough be glad you eve have camera

    • joel43

      well said jc…well said 😀

    • Clo

      I agree with u, the camera is great on the ipod!