iPad 2 Camera Performs Poorly Compared to Galaxy Tab and Xoom!

If you’re buying the iPad 2, there’s a lot to be excited about. A new A5 dual-core processor, faster graphics, a choice between black and white, and it’s much thinner. Unfortunately, the newly installed camera was left off of that list. It turns out that the iPad 2 camera hardly competes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Motorola Xoom when benchmarked. Here are the results:

Macworld ran a benchmark test using the Apple iPhone 4, Motorola Xoom, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Apple iPod Touch(4th gen), an Apple iPad 2, and a Canon Powershot S95. In the still images, the iPhone 4 beat out all the tablets, taking second only to the Canon Powershot in image quality. The Xoom and Galaxy Tab took third and fourth, respectively. The iPod Touch took fifth, and the iPad 2 was given the lowest score of them all when it came to still image quality.


When it comes to video, the iPad 2 performed much better. In this benchmark, the Cisco Flip Video HD was added to the roster. The Canon Powershot took first yet again, followed once more by the Apple iPhone 4. Like the Powershot and iPhone 4, the Motorola Xoom took third for a second time. This time, the iPad 2 took fourth, ahead of the fifth place Flip Video HD. The Samsung Galaxy Tab finished last, behind even the iPod Touch. The biggest downside to the iPad 2 was that the audio capture was the weakest of all the tested devices.

While the iPad 2 camera didn’t perform exceptionally well overall, the likelihood of someone carrying something as big as the iPad for taking photos is very slim. Nearly all(if not all) cell phones have cameras now-a-days, and many of them take decent photos at a fraction of the size and weight of the iPad 2. The most likely use of the camera is for video conferencing, something it would do fairly well. What do you think? Had the iPad 2 camera been better but cost extra as an add-on, would many people have paid extra for it?

You can read the original Macworld article here.

I am a technology enthusiast who’s first major computer experience was with hacking the Sony PSP. I am an Apple Dev, and I’m currently studying Computer Programming and 3D Animation.

  • Brad

    Xoom too dark in my opinion.

  • joshy

    apple always sells a great innovative device with crappy parts from previous b stock, they have even been sued for changing some of their devices parts at end cycle, total scam artists, no one at apple actually does anything software wise as well, they simply wait till users fix issues, worse off their discussion boards are bias, they attack you like warmongers if you mention a bug, i have read posts with people asking them directly if they can confirm what the definition of a bug is and they ignore and erase the posts,

    ive also seen tons of recalls and posts about them disappeared or where drowned by hired apple liars with avatars stating they posted over 8000 times in 3 years, talk about nerds, and they defend anything wrong about apple products, even recalls!

    So while you buy a stylish looking item your inheriting a apple bug, a former and still under contract cyber security NSA agent at apple now who will see your facebook, twitter and emails, im sure its illegal but since the USA is gone and under economically everyone has been viciously illegal, the military has a contract now to pay military personal for including with their IDs 10 false facebook, twitter and myspace identities, to post pro american garbage while intercepting anything negative so they can carry out war crimes., this is not a rumor but a fact, this is illegal and apple signed up as part of it now, we have a war with china on technology and possibly over the waters and who controls china, im sure from the last visit by our defense secretary that china did indeed show off a faster then a f16 bomber or any bomber the US has because GATES out defense secretary told the chinese not to under estimate the US military power, they laughedin his face and said only if you took the whole world and lost everything do you have a chance with china, then they denied they flew plans over to show them off and called it a coincidence after GATES started a macho talk with them.

    The cameras on the ihpnes, ipads and ipods where made back in the 1990s in hong kong, older samsung and moterloa phones used them and sold them to apple, what a joke, i wonder how much they get paid for essembling apple products, i hear some make as little as 4 dollars a day,