Tablet camera sufficient quality?

#1 Jul 10th, 2015, 01:21
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Hi all,

I'm going to India (and South East Asia) in a couple of weeks and have some electronics decisions to make - namely whether to take a tablet, and if so, which one. On the basis...what's the general quality of tablet pictures? I'm thinking of getting a second hand Google Nexus 7. The specs are below:

Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 1.2 MP

Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Oh, for reference sake, whilst I like a good picture and occasionally go to exhibitions, I'm no budding David Bailey and we're talking general purpose holiday shots here.

Thanks,

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If you only want to shoot photos with it, IMO a phone with a good camera will serve you well, and have the advantage of a smaller size.
Also look at a very recent long discussion about the pros and cons of phones vs. tablets vs. P&S cameras.
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Hi,

I'd considered a phone, but I really want to write up a travel journal as I'm going along, plus read eBooks, and connect to the internet occasionally, etc. I know technically I could do this via a phone, but it'd just be easier with a tablet.

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But it looks pretty naff walking around taking photos with a tablet...

In my humble opinion.
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Originally Posted by Sartois View Post Primary 5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video 1080p@30fps
Secondary 1.2 MP
You have asked about quality, but these specs don't tell you anything about quality. Photo quality is not limited by the megapixels, but rather by the lens. Phones and tablets have small, crude lenses. They depend on software to do much of the work, including straightening out and enhancing the distorted images the ten-cent lenses produce.

In practice, the photos you will take with any tablet or phone are likely to be good enough for 'general purpose holiday shots' as long as there is bright light such as sunlight. Indoors or at night the quality will deteriorate rapidly. A proper camera will have a larger lens to catch more light, and will do better in low light (and also in bright light, but the difference may not matter to you in bright light whereas in low light the difference will be very obvious).

Incidentally, a 'proper' camera need not be an SLR the size and weight of a boat anchor; it can be a better-quality point-and-shoot camera (read reviews).
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Hi,

Thanks for that info RPG, I can see how light quantity and quality might make a difference; I do have an old Canon Ixus 100IS which, to be fair, has always been a good, solid pocket camera. The only disadvantage (in comparison to a tablet) is a lack of backup capacity.

Alex
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Eye-fi turns ordinary digital cameras into wifi enabled cameras.
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Nexus cameras are not good quality. My father has a nexus 5. In low light it's bad. I have not seen a nexus tablet camera in action though. I suspect the only two mobile cameras in the market today that do well in low light are lumia / microsoft and huawei. Sony is a close second but you have to live with the weird Sony palette.
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I travel with a Google Nexus 7 and and a compact camera.The tablet for reading,maps and writing and so on it is not to heavy and a lot of places have WiFi, it is a Convenient size and not too cumbersome. A camera has much more possibilities for taking photos and mine has a big zoom (Canon SX700 zoom X 30). This my opinion.
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A lot is said already, I also advice to take at least a compact camera with you. In proper light it can work properly and, in general, the less you use the zoom the better the lens can do its work (has to do with the aperture).

Don't worry too much about the capacity, the SD cards are very cheap nowadays and this camera won't produce big files.

Which phone do you have?

I am traveling India for 6 months with a Galaxy Note 3 and a Olympus OM-D M10 system camera. The pictures from my camera are really a lot better, you can't even compare the difference. But (!), I use my phone for everything else: Internet, editing my photographs, read books, book trains... I even use it to call back home!

Flickr is a big photo community, you can find photos made by the different camera's and phones here :https://www.flickr.com/cameras.

As you see, there are a lot of possibilities with only a phone camera.
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I probably won't take a phone as it turns out, due a change in travel plans I'll be travelling in a group so there seems less need. That being said, I might be toddling around Agra & Varanasi for 10 days or so, so one might be useful there.

As dcamrass1 does, I'm probably going to take a tablet (Google Nexus 7), plus my old compact camera (the Canon Ixus 100IS). Getting a second hand camera as an upgrade is a possibility, depends what I can find though.
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Originally Posted by Sartois View Post plus my old compact camera (the Canon Ixus 100IS). Getting a second hand camera as an upgrade is a possibility, depends what I can find though.
For what you may want, 100IS is pretty darn good. Given that you were settling for a tablet camera
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The only disadvantage (in comparison to a tablet) is a lack of backup capacity.

Alex
You can always go to a photo shop and let them burn the pictures on a CD/DVD
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Haha nycank, very true - I'll be sticking with the Canon I think, as you say, it's perfectly good for what I need.

Vonkla - good point, I could burn a DVD and send it back or something. Thanks.

Alex
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Originally Posted by Sartois View Post Haha nycank, very true - I'll be sticking with the Canon I think, as you say, it's perfectly good for what I need.
Unless your circle of friends& family all have Apple's Retina 5K displays, your IXUS 100IS is plenty good resolution.

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