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Do you ever see people take photos with an iPad (or any tablet) in public?

This weekend, we were in Yosemite National Park for a friend's wedding. While gallivanting around the wilderness, we happened upon one of the park's most scenic (and iconic) views at Tunnel View.

en.wikipedia.org­/wiki­/Tunnel­_View

Anyway, while we're up there taking photos of this amazingly picturesque valley, a family gets out of a car, comes up to the edge and starts snapping photos with their iPad 2. AN IPAD 2?! It's capturing all of 0.3 megapixels. They're passing it around, taking pictures of the valley, their kids, and themselves. And they hand it to someone to take a picture of their whole family.

The photographer inside me cried. The tech geek inside me also cried. Come onnnnnnn. I do feel like I'm seeing this more and more. (I saw another family take photos with one at a dinner this weekend as well.)

Is this something you think is becoming more and more common? Do you see it? How do you feel about it?

EDIT: I was mixing up the megapixels between front and back. The rear camera takes roughly 1280 x 720 images, which is about 0.9MP. Thanks bb4u for the correction!
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beau

Tried it once in the redwood forests of Humboldt County. The photos were beyond terrible. Never again.
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timchoi89

When I went to Austin this past March for gdgt live, I saw a guy taking a picture with his iPad at the state capitol. I had a three reactions when I saw it. First, I was sad that he was using an iPad to take a picture of his family in front of the capitol. Second, part of me laughed at him secretly for looking ridiculous while trying to adjust the iPad for that "perfect" pic. Lastly, my cynical side thought that he's probably a jerk for showing off his iPad 2 by taking a picture while looking like an idiot at the same time.

I think this is getting more and more common though because I see a lot of people, my mom included, take real pictures with their iPod Touch. It's natural for them to take those same pictures with the iPad.
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hunthenning

I think the best camera you have is the one you have with you. I feel like everything cameras in tablets will get better and at least to the level of a consumer-level camera. The iPhone 4 is already a decent point and shoot and I envision that it will only get better as time goes on. I think things will improve, but yes, right now somebody taking any photo on an iPad2 hurts my soul.
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nesscar

I saw someone do it once here on the street in Boston. Looked incredibly dorky. I shall never ever take actual pictures with an iPad.
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acaurora

I have seen people taking pictures with an iPad, and yes it does look rather dorky, and is perplexing, as the aforementioned .3 MP camera doesn't do much. Heck, my Samsung Exclaim phone has a 2.0MP. However, I myself have used my HTC Flyer to take a few snaps when I did not have my camera/phone handy. Granted, the Flyer has a 5MP rear camera, and is smaller also... but the action of taking a picture with a tablet does seem a bit silly. Granted, no one I knew was nearby when I took the pictures with my Flyer :)
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Dignan17

I'm very thankful I've never seen this happen.

Purely from a usability standpoint, it makes absolutely no sense to take photos with this form factor. Throw in the technical issues with it and I just don't understand it.
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bb4u

Just curious, how does the rear facing camera that takes 720P video only take 0.3 megapixel stills? I think you are confusing it with the front facing VGA camera, perhaps. Regardless, it does seem like a bad idea but probably doesn't matter much for photos that will only be posted to Facebook or equivalent.

Some people may like one aspect of the iPad or tablets in general that it is WYSIWYG (the display resolution nearly matches the resolution of the resulting photos).
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lancetay

I saw the same thing in Banff at Bow Summit. I near pissed myself laughing too.
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toddjy

Poor people. They should've brought a Xoom. Even the 7" Galaxy Tab has a better camera. Hopefully, someone will show them the error of their ways.
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barkerja

Yes. Several times actually. I recently saw a guy using his iPad to FaceTime and video/photograph at a Giants game.

And also, was watching the news the other night and they had a segment on there about something dealing with the Redwood forest; it showed people in the woods with iPad 2s snapping away.
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manveru

What perplexes me about this is that anybody with an iPad 2 is pretty likely to have cell phone on them that will take better pictures and be less awkward to take pictures with. How many people carry around iPads but don't have a decent camera phone?
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casx510

This is becoming more common as it did with cell phones. I remember when it started snowing when exiting church and people started pulling out their smartphone or other device rather than a camera. It kinda hurts because I just don't relate an iPad with photography even though you have that capability. When I first got a cell phone with a camera I liked the ability to make a quick photo but when I got my first digital camera/camcorder was when I really got into photography. I have no problem with it however, for some people this is a better option who want quick photos. I don't think the iPad or similar devices will replace cameras, but they can be for a different method of photography.
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albooher

Recently at a friends graduation I witnessed an equally disturbing display of iPad 2 photography. Some considerate family member was capturing this most special of occasions on an iPad 2. Mind you, the graduates were also a good 75 yards away from the iPad 2 so my guess is the pictures turned out extra awesome.
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sethclifford

Impromptu iPad 2 photo shoots make baby Jesus cry.

Seriously, though, it's dangerously close to some classic N-Gage side-talkin'.
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RamblingVerser

The only ones I have seen taking a picture using an iPad have been some random celebrity on the news. I am never too sure if it is because they didn't have anything else with them, or if they just wanted a picture of them taking a picture. A hope is that the camera gets better with the next version. And, even though it may look awkward, at least there would be a photogenic reason to use it.

Maybe after the individuals take the picture or video and see their results, they will remember to bring another device to take care of the photography. Or, since the iPad pictures stay on the iPad, since many people are not syncing, maybe they look OK...that is until they are sent to one of us, and the tears begin again...here's for hoping for a new iPad soon...
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roberto

All the recent talk about a future iPad HD or iPad Pro has made me think that in the near future, we might see directors using multiple iPads for moviemaking instead of cameras. So this guy is just a bit slightly ahead of his time.
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mjpuczko

i took some photos on my ipad in my backyard of my dog. they were not good. i actually do use my ipad2 to take some video. never really done this in public though!
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DrostD

Well the camera sucks, otherwise I would. Now I do shoot video with my iPad and I am sure I look odd, but till I get an iPhone its what I can use iMovie with.
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DrostD

Its not always about MPs, that is just the size the pic can be, it is the quality of the sensor that counts, I have a 3MP camera that shoots better pics then my 5MP one.
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nesscar

I saw a lady taking pictures of a street performance group in front of Faneuil Hall yesterday. Made me smile. Looked dorky.
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