Flickr Stats Confirm It: No One Uses the iPad 2 as a Camera

When the iPad 2 was announced a couple months ago, it was called “the first ‘camera’ to have a sensor resolution lower than the display resolution.” Commenters were quick to point out that Apple never intended for the device to be used as a camera like the iPhone is, and therefore was probably able to keep costs down by limiting it to a 0.7 megapixel sensor. Now, with millions of the devices in consumers’ hands, Flickr’s camera statistics confirm what we suspected all along: no one uses the iPad 2 as a camera.

Here’s an interesting breakdown of how popular Apple devices are in the Flickr community:

As you can see, out of the millions of proud iPad 2 owners, a whopping 23 of them upload photos to Flickr per day. They should get together and start a club or something…

If you want to see photographs taken by Flickr users with the iPad 2, check out this page.

At the same time, the iPhone 4 is on track to overtake the Nikon D90 as the most popular camera on Flickr.

(via CrunchGear)

  • Kerry Sanders

     I am one of those 23 who uploaded a photo or two to Flickr from the iPad 2. :)

  • Lis Bokt

    I’ve uploaded a handful to Flickr from my ipad2, but I avoid it because the quality is so low.

  • David McCarthy

    Isn’t Flikr a ‘popularist’ image site in the main? … probably why camera phones (and iPhone in particular) are so prominent.

    Off topic, I was curious to see where my camera (Panasonic G2) came in Flikr’s stats … not particularly high (as expected), but they describe it as a point-and-shoot!!

  • SwedishKiwi

    The Motorola Xoom, another tablet, is said to have a better camera. But judging by the Flickr stats for Motorola, it seems no one is using that as a camera either.

    I don’t think it has so much to do with the sensor or image quality, as the fact that it’s not very convenient to take pictures with a 7″+ sized tablet.

  • Ed Helms

    This is one of those “be careful what you ask for” scenarios.  As soon as the first iPad came out, it was criticized it for not having a camera.  To me it seemed very impractical to use a tablet as a camera and I guess peopel realized this once the iPad 2 came out.   

  • USSRPhoto

    If iPad 2 had a better camera maybe people used it more, but then I have a Xoom and I kinda feel like an idiot when I’m in public and try to snap something with it, but to tell you the truth the camera on that thing really rocks.. :)

  • Willow200

    You sound like you are gloating or something…..

  • Melmo19

    But for those that do use it, it makes all the difference! Story apps for people with disabilities now take much less time to work with and are much more usable for eg…

  • USSRPhoto

    Nothing to gloat about, the fact is that using a tablet as a camera is plain awkward in all senses of the word, no matter how good of a camera is provided, be it either Xoom or iPad 2. 

  • Doing the Right Thing

    Hey, if it’s good enough for Spike Lee: