Originally Posted by Gatorguy
Simply curious. . .
Are iPads commonly used as cameras? Seems like it would be awkward to use a tablet that way.
The media does.
The local/national news show on the regional cable carrier, they were using pictures taken on the iPad, with the video output sent to the broadcast input so that whatever they were looking at on the iPad was visible to everyone watching.
The iPhone/iPad as far as I know lack a useful flash for indoor pictures (A LED flash is only good for about 5 feet, and is nowhere near as bright as a conventional flash.) Likewise there is no zoom lens, mountable lenses or tripod mounts, which means that it's certainly not a replacement for prosumer cameras and camcorders. It never will. However out of the box the iPhone 4S replaces:
- A 350$ point and shoot 8MP camera (minus zoom lens and high powered flash)or Camcorder (minus zoom)
- A separate 150$ 3G HSDPA WiFi/MiFi type device (worth 20$, but it's the price markup between the iPad and iPad with 3G)
- A separate 100$ Cell phone
- A 150$ GPS
- A 200$ iPod touch
And if you want to break down what the iPod touch breaks down to...
-- 10$ for 8GB of storage (yes you can by 8GB SD cards for 10$, not saying that's comparable)
-- A solid state audio recorder
-- A mp3/mp4/aac music player
-- A video player
-- A web browser
-- A Personal Data Organizer (contacts, calendar, notepad, etc)
Plus the ability to run applications on it.
And I listed the above because at some point I packed all that stuff around more or less, plus a laptop. The iPhone can not replace a camcorder, and neither will the iPad mainly because of the storage capacity. Just dumping the separate cameras alone saves 1800$ in potential losses or breakage. It can however replace most sub-300$ point and shoot cameras because the average person doesn't do anything interesting with their pictures. You still can not buy a decent camera that has both WiFi and GPS on it, while the iPhone has this, and I expect it of the iPad.
So I reasonably expect to hear Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc to complain about selling less point-and-shoot cameras and blame it on Apple. It will also be their own fault for not offering ways of using their cameras with the iPhone and iPad.