Apple iPad 2: Rear Camera Quality Disappointing?

By Alan Ng - Mar 15, 2011

For those of you who are lucky enough to have already picked up a new iPad 2 tablet from Apple, we want to know what your general impressions of the device are, with specific reference to the rear camera quality. We’ve seen a video online which suggests that the video camera quality isn’t as good as the iPhone 4 camera.

That video has been provided by RedmondPie, and it shows a sample video taken with the rear iPad 2 camera, take a look now below so you can get an idea of the average quality for yourself.

Obviously, the quality isn’t amazing, and it does seem like the camera quality isn’t as good as the camera featured on the iPhone 4 which takes decent photos and excellent video recordings. It has been well documented that Apple has failed to give exact details on the rear camera specs, and also the exact quality of the front-facing camera.

Dare we say it, but are Apple afraid that the iPad 2 camera will come in for criticism if they announce the exact specs? RedmondPie believe that the iPad 2 rear camera quality is similar to that seen on the iPod Touch, which is obviously less impressive. If this turns out to be true, it’s a bit disappointing that the iPad 2 won’t be able to take videos with at least the same quality seen on the iPhone 4.

Have you already taken some photos and videos on the iPad 2? Get in touch with us and have your say on this matter.

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  • Sam

    Yup the quality blows. Totally grainy. Not happy about it especially after paying almost a grand for this thing.

  • Serx

    Very disappointed to find it is so naff. A bit of an insult to put such a cheap camera onto such an expensive ipad. It would have cost them… £1 more? I feel cheated.

  • bon

    the camera for iPad 2 is very disappointing.. I found the front camera actually takes better still pictures than the rear one does?? how odd??? will be much better if they can use the iphone 4 camera on ipad2… just disappointing….

  • Chip

    The only camera I have ever owned that was worse than the camera on the back of the iPad2 is the one on the front of the iPad2. I guess I expected high quality since it came from Apple—really disappointed on this one.


  • Ahouser

    Camera is definitely worse than iPhone 4. It is unbelievable that they just didn't use the same camera from the iPhone in the iPad.

  • Selina

    The iPad camera is not very good, I'm not impressed with it at all. The camera on my iPhone is much better and always in my pocket so I doubt the iPad camera will get used much. Honestly I'd rather have had more hard drive space than a so-so camera.

  • tim


    A 10 Megapixel cam on IPAD would come helpful. When you deal with tons of books to carry around, with a GOOD camera you would be able to just take pictures of the pages you need to read and read them later, on your way home, in a cafe, during a break, and so forth – you are not tied to a library any longer! With the constantly growing amount of information to digest, process, and memorize at school, a high definition rear cam in IPAD would increase the efficiency of study times of magnitude because it would allow you to have the right information before your eyes all the time!

    This would expand the market for IPAD worldwide, this would make IPAD very popular amongst students, their parents, researchers, and millions of other people.

  • mark

    Personaly i wouldn't care less! iPad replaces my notebook and for sure i don't go around taking pics with my notebook. Its odd taking oics or video for that matter with 10" tablet, while on a mobile phone it makes sense to have a good camera. They are quite good for face time wich on my opinion its the primary use of cameras on a tablet.