Rumor: 1 Megapixel rear-facing camera in the iPad 2. Can I get a WTF?

I spent a week in a Cuba with an iPod touch acting as a “secondary” camera, and I have to say that I’m extremely disappointed in the photos and video that it took. I was so glad that I took a handheld camera with me on the trip, and that I didn’t rely on the iPod touch as my only device. I would have been devastated when I got home. It was my own fault for not looking into the camera quality before I left, but it turns out the iPod touch sports a 0.69 megapixel camera. That’s a long way from the 5 megapixels that come with the iPhone 4. I was very disappointed.

Now, I’m pretty sure that most people won’t be carrying around an iPad as a camera, but if the rumors from 9 to 5 Mac are true, and the iPad 2 is going to support a 1 Megapixel camera, then a lot of people will be very disappointed. Before we get a barrage of emails about photo sensors and all that jazz, you should know that I’m not a photographer, and don’t really know the ins and outs of a camera. But, I do know that 1MP pretty much blows in today’s age.

My Cuba pictures are proof positive of that. The iPad 2, according to rumors, will be slightly better than my iPod touch, but by the numbers it won’t be all that much better. Don’t get me wrong—the photos and videos looked great on my iPod touch, but I won’t be printing these things for a photo album any time soon. Proof below.

Maybe, in the grande scheme of things, Apple’s moving towards a printless world, where photos are viewed on iPads and iPod touches. If that’s the case, a 1 Megapixel camera isn’t all that bad, but personally I’m not there yet, and I’m pretty sure that the 1 Megapixel camera will disappoint.

As a caveat, we should also be aware that this is a rumor based on an iOS beta. The 1 megapixel camera could change between now and ship date.

Article Via 9 to 5 Mac

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