Showdown: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v

A photographic showdown.

By on Apr 27, 2011
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Photo showdown: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v

Until very recently, most tablets’ photographic capabilities have fallen somewhere between rudimentary and non-existent. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is looking to buck this trend with a 8-megapixel AF camera boasting multiple manual modes and an inbuilt flash. This is the main advantage it offers over the Apple iPad 2, which offers a 0.7-MP rear facing camera, which our US correspondent dismissed as 'laughable'.

On paper, the iPad 2 is the clear loser when it comes to taking photos, but how does it measure up in reality? We put both tablets' cameras through their paces in a series of photographic tests. Here are the results. [Note: to ensure fairness, images have not been edited or cropped in any way.]

Apple iPad 2

The Apple iPad 2's rear facing camera sports a maximum resolution of 0.7 megapixels. It does not come with an inbuilt flash.

This photo was taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v.

Apple iPad 2

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v comes with an 8-megapixel rear facing AF camera with in-built flash.

This photo was captured using the iPad 2's camera.

iPad 2 user interface

The iPad 2 keeps camera functions to a minimum, with the photo button residing at bottom centre. This allows the entire screen to utilise the camera's view.

The iPad 2's camera is very responsive, although reaching the button is occassionally difficult in certain situations.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v user interface

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v divides the screen by roughly a third, with all camera functions appearing on the right-hand side. The photo capture button is reasonably sized and within easy reach of the thumb. Other popular functions, such as colour filters, white balance, scene modes and an 8x digital zoom are also just a quick fingertap away.

Using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v as a camera isn’t as awkward or cumbersome as you’d expect. In fact, we quite like the way it handles, with the 10in display providing an excellent view of subjects and surrounding scenery.

Apple iPad 2: fluorescent light test

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: fluorescent light test

Apple iPad 2: outdoors test (1)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: outdoors test (1)

Apple iPad 2: outdoors test (2)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: outdoors test (2)

Apple iPad 2: indoors test (ambient light)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: indoors test (ambient light)

Apple iPad 2: Dark indoors test

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Dark indoors test (flash enabled)

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v: Dark indoors test (flash disabled)

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v is clearly a superior product when it comes to taking photos. That said, the iPad 2 isn't quite as useless as some would have you believe. While we wouldn't want to make prints with this thing, the results look ok on the iPad 2's display and should prove adequate for Facebook. If you want to use your tablet as a photographic device, the iPad 2 will still get the job done.

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