Do you use the camera in your iPad 2? No? Well, guess what? It turns out that no one else does either. Toted as one of the great new features of the iPad 2, the camera has turned out to be lackluster and hard to use. The photo above reveals Flickr’s uploading statistics from Apple devices.
When I first got my iPad 2, I certainly tried using it to take pictures. But it was bulky, hard to maneuver, and the picture quality was terrible, which is unsurprising with only a .7 megapixel camera back there. The camera is in fact so rudimentary that Apple may have been better off sticking a roll of film back there. I gave up entirely on the iPad 2 camera, and stuck my iPad in a case that covers up the camera hole. Now I stick to my encumbering DSLR or my iPhone, which, unlike the iPad 2, manages to take some spectacular shots.
Flickr, one of the most popular uploading sites, has a section where you can see what cameras were used to upload photos, using photo metadata. According to these stats, a mere 22 people use an iPad 2 on a daily basis, compared to the approximately 9,600 who use various iPhones to upload pictures. That’s right. Just 22 people out of the 40 million Flickr users have uploaded photos from their iPad 2s this month. The iPhone 4, though, is one of the most popular cameras in use on Flickr.
There are, of course, more iPhones out there than iPad 2s, but Apple has still sold millions of the iPad 2. 22 iPad 2 photographers on one of the most popular photo sites is certainly very low for the millions of people who own an iPad 2. One more staggering number comparison: Overall iPad 2 pictures taken on Flickr – 12,570. Overall iPhone 4 pictures taken – 7,026,293.
One can only hope that they’ll give up the camera for a more useful feature in the iPad 3, or improve it so it’s on par with the iPhone. It’ll still be bulky and and irritating to use, but at least the pictures will turn out better. In the meantime, you may want to stick to carrying around that camera or picture phone if you want decent snapshots.
Do you use your iPad 2 camera? Have you found it to be useful? We’d love to hear about it.