We’ve all seen people doing it. We’ve probably done a bit of sneering and mocking, too. But is using an iPad to take pictures really such a dumb thing to do?
It depends on the iPad, and whether it is actually an iPad. There are lots of low-cost Android tablets out there that probably don’t have very good cameras (so you can mock if you want to), but iPads (and I guess probably the better Android tablets) do have good cameras.
iPads don’t have the same camera as iPhones right now. The regular iPad, iPad Air and iPad Mini have Apple’s older 8MP camera, not the newer 12MP camera. That lower resolution might sound like an issue, but I don’t think it is. I actually think the 8MP camera gives more natural looking fine detail, even if the images are just a little smaller. Besides, 8MP is easily enough for sharing on social media and can give you pretty nice-sized prints to hang on the wall.
The one exception is the latest iPad Pro. This has the 12MP twin camera setup also used in the iPhone 11, with a wide and an ultra-wide lens. If you don’t mind hauling an iPad Pro around with you on your travels, it will give you bigger 12MP pictures and an ultra-wide view if you need it.
Is an iPad just too big to take pictures with?
Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. An iPad is quite a large camera to carry around with you and it’s not the most natural thing to hold. But then it does require a two-handed grip, which can make your pictures a lot steadier. You don’t have to zoom in to check the finer details and you get the luxury of a huge live view.
But perhaps one of the biggest advantages is that you are using a single device for your image capture, probably your editing too and maybe your preferred device for browsing, sharing, displaying and enjoying your images too.
One of the most appealing things about using a smartphone is that the device you use to capture an image is also the one you use to share and enjoy it. An iPad can do just the same thing but on a much larger scale.