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"Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom" - No mention at all of how many…

megapixels - my guess? 5Mp as per iPhone 4

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gRagib

720p rear camera with no megapixels mentioned? Why that's exactly what they did here: www.apple.com­/ipodtouch­/specs.html. If that camera was the same one on the iPhone4, I'm sure Steve Jobs would have mentioned that somewhere during the keynote.

Right now, I'd bet that the iPad camera in the similar to/same as the iPod Touch camera. But I'd love to be proven wrong.
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hongkongmarc

That makes sense. The camera's spec description is identical. So 5Mp. Same as Xoom, less than Samsung 10.1. And 720p. Xoom and Samsung 1080p. Hmm
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gRagib

Oh dear. Read it again.

The camera on the iPod Touch is not 5MP; it's like 0.7MP (960x720) IIRC. I don't know how Apple stretches the 960x720 into 720p video which is 1280x720, or if even the iPod Touch does proper 720p video.
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dave

Yeah, the iPod touch isn't "true HD" I guess. It has 720 lines, but you get some weird letter boxing issue with video you play, since it's not true 16:9.
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hongkongmarc

OMG! Pixels the size of the moon! We might not recognize what's in the movie, but the colours will be nice. :)
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dave

Ryan had some hands on time with the iPad 2 yesterday and confirmed that it's the exact same camera that's in the iPod touch: a poor 960 x 720 pixels.

The didn't mention megapixels during the iPad keynote (likewise, they didn't mention camera megapixels during the iPod touch keynote in September) -- potentially because they were so ashamed -- unlike the iPhone 4 keynote, where they mentioned the 5MP camera numerous times!
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gRagib

I can only image how many will get suckered by that camera, thinking that the iPad2 camera and the iPhone4 camera are comparable. I want to see how much their perception of the image (i.e. still photo) quality will be distorted by the RDF.
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dave

Yeah, it's a bummer (seriously, there's no reason why they shouldn't have put the 5MP camera in). That said, do you *really* need that kind of camera in a tablet? I saw some guy walking around the recent Engadget meet up in San Francisco and he was taking photos and movies with his Xoom. It looked completely ridiculous -- and not very comfortable either!
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gRagib

He was holding it wrong, haha.
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gRagib

I agree that it is awkward using a tablet as a camera for photos or even video. But there are edge cases when I feel that a camera would be really useful, like when I am out in the field making observations and putting it into a database on my iPad. Adding a photo or two would be really helpful. What I do is I use my Nexus One as a camera and then "Bump" the photo to the iPad. It's not elegant, but it works.

If there is a good database app for the Xoom, I will definitely replace my iPad with it.

In my geek-filled-dreams, every device (even cameras of all kinds) has WiFi and Bump-integration, and all apps are Bump-enabled. Hey, a geek can dream, right?
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majipoor

Well, then Apple do not design the iPad to handle edge cases. The camera on the iPad is intended and presented only for video. And if you only need a photo for information, the resolution is OK to be displayed on a mobile device or published on Facebook or whatever similar: 5MP is useful only if you intend to print the photo.
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gRagib

Actually 5MP is useful for more than just print jobs, like when you need to crop a photo but still preserve details.

By the way, don't you think using an iPad (or just about any tablet) as a camera or a camcorder is the most awkward thing? I can see myself using the front camera for video chat with my mum (we live half a globe apart), but the rear camera... I don't know. That's probably why the HP Touchpad doesn't have a rear camera, only a front camera IIRC.
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