Best Tablet Cameras in 2018
Tablets are slowly and steadily getting pushed to the back of the entire mobile camera segment. Their unwieldy shapes make them no longer the first choice when it comes to shooting photos on the go.
Though they make excellent choices for the purpose of showcasing one’s portfolio, they are not the preferred choice for taking photos. Having said that a reasonable number of users still look for tablets, not only for the purpose of sharing photos but also for the purpose of shooting them. In this discussion, we shall be looking at the best tablets for taking photos.
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There have not been too many new launches when it comes to really great tablets for shooting photos and videos. A number of the best tablet cameras in 2018 will thus have repetitions in the form of launches from 2017.
Overview: Best Tablet Cameras 2018
- Apple 10.5″ iPad Pro from $589.95 163 Reviews
- Apple 12.9″ iPad at $899.77 3 Reviews
- ProApple iPad Mini 4Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3″ 1 TB Multi-Touch at from $298.49 1,981 Reviews
- Samsung 32 GB at $1,199.00 4 Reviews
- Galaxy Tab S3 9.7″ at from $473.90 487 Reviews
- Apple 9.7″ iPad at from $269.99 1,015 Reviews
1. Apple 10.5″ iPad Pro
This 64 GB Wi-Fi only iPad comes with a twin camera system.
It is one of best tablets for taking photos with. The main rear camera has a resolution of 12 megapixels with six lens elements and a quad-LED true tone flash.
The front-facing camera (FaceTime HD camera) has a resolution of 7 megapixels and comes with Retina Flash technology. Thus, the specifications of the camera are the same as that on the iPhone 7.
The lenses come with a fast wide aperture of f/1.8. Just like the iPhone 7 the 10.5″ iPad Pro also has optical image stabilization. The 10.5″ iPad Pro’s main camera is 4K capable. It can shoot 4K videos at a frame rate of 30 fps. When shooting at full HD mode, the camera can record videos at a maximum frame rate of 60 fps. There is also a slow-motion full HD option that records at a frame rate of 120 fps.
The real test for any sensor is when you are shooting in low light. With specifications that match the iPhone 7 the iPad Pro does a decent job in low light. The sensor on the iPad Pro 10.5″ is a capable one producing decent image quality with little noise. However, it is in bright light when you will truly enjoy shooting with the iPad Pro. The large screen of the iPad allows you to enjoy your making your snaps both with the front and the rear camera as well as review them in all their glory.
- 10.5 inch Retina Display, 2224 x 1668 Resolution, Wide Color and True Tone Display
- Apple iOS 10, A10X Fusion chip with 64-bit architecture Embedded M10 coprocessor
- 12 MP iSight Camera, True Tone Flash, Panorama (up to 63MP), Four-Speaker Audio
- Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life
- iPad Pro Supports Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil
2. Apple 12.9″ iPad Pro
Slightly larger than the iPad Pro 10.5″ that we discussed above, the iPad Pro 12.9″ also comes with a twin camera set-up that consists of a 12-megapixel iSight camera and a 7 megapixel FaceTime HD Camera.
This is the same as the iPhone 7 (and of course the 10.5″ iPad Pro that we just finished reading about).
The rear (main) camera has an aperture of f/1.8, and the front camera has an aperture of f/2.2. The rear camera is capable of shooting 4K videos and fine quality JPEGs. 4K videos are recorded at a frame rate of 30 fps.
Full HD videos are recorded at a maximum frame rate of 120 fps for beautiful slow-motion effects. Simultaneously to recording full-frame shots you can also record 8-megapixel stills. That gives you a bit more flexibility when photographing family get-togethers and or recording vacations.
The front-facing camera is capable of shooting full HD videos. The tab comes with an advanced optical image stabilization system. The fast aperture and the high-quality optical image stabilization ensures that the camera can take clean shots even in low light situations. For additional assistance, the camera comes with a quad-LED True tone flash unit. The camera also has HDR shooting mode. This mode combines several images shot with varying exposure values and then blend them together in order to produce a high dynamic range image. Thus the 12.9″ iPad Pro is one of the best tablets for taking photos in 2018.
- 12.9-Inch Retina Display, 2732 x 2048 Resolution (264 ppi), 120Hz Refresh Rate, True Tone Display
- 256GB Flash Storage, 4GB RAM, 2.39GHz A10X Processor + M10 Coprocessor
- 4G LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Rear 12MP iSight Camera; Front 7MP FaceTime HD Camera
- Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life (9 Hours with Cellular), Apple iOS 10, USB-C fast-charge Support (optional; not included...
- Touch ID Fingerprint Sensor, Fingerprint-Resistant Oleophobic Coating,
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3. Apple iPad Mini 4
The Apple iPad Mini 4 has several features going for it. We are not going to delve too much into these features as they are beyond the purview of this discussion. We are going to limit ourselves to its camera. However, we cannot but ignore the fact that the iPad Mini 4 is small and wieldy and that makes it a better device to take pictures with.
The iPad Mini 4 comes with an 8-megapixel iSight camera (at the back) with an aperture of f/2.4. While f/2.4 in low light will be an issue because it will struggle a bit in low light situations, bright light will produce excellent imagery. Apart from 3264 x 2448 pixel images, the camera also produces full HD videos.
There is also a 120 fps slow-motion video mode which ensures that the camera is able to capture. The highlight of the camera is the upgraded Image Signal Processor in the A8 chip that produces cleaner images in relatively low light situations. The same chip is also used for improved face tracking.
At the front is the 1.2 megapixel front facing FaceTime HD camera. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the specifications that would excite anyone. The front camera has an f/2.2 aperture and shoots 720p HD videos plus stills. However, this camera is not the bargaining chip for the phone. The rear camera is.
- 7.9" Retina Display, 2048 x 1536 Resolution
- Apple iOS 9, Dual-Core A8 Chip with Quad-Core Graphics
- 8 MP iSight Camera, 1080p HD Video Recording
- 128GB Capacity, Wi-Fi (802.11a/ b/ g/ n/ ac) + MIMO + Bluetooth 4.2
- Up to 10 Hours of Battery Life, 0.65 lbs
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4. Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3″ 1 TB Multi-touch
A large, unwieldy tablet is not the sort of photography device that you might be having in your mind when you feel like taking pictures. A tablet still has the advantage of a large display. That can be great for reviewing your images as well as for composing.
The Microsoft Surface Pro 12.3″ falls in that ‘large’ category. This 12.3″ tablet comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front camera. Both the rear and the front cameras are capable of producing full HD videos and fine JPEG stills.
- 2.4GHz (Up to 3.0GHz) Intel Core i5, 256GB Storage, 8GB RAM, up to 9 hours of video playback
- Black Surface Pro 4 Type Cover / Keyboard with Backlighting (doubles as a Cover)
- 12.3-inch PixelSense Display was made to be viewed, touched, and written on (Surface Pen Not included).
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5. Samsung 32 GB Galaxy Tab S3 9.7″
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is a 9.7″ tablet powered by two cameras at the front being a 5-megapixel resolution and the rear a 13 megapixel one making it one of the best tablet cameras in 2018. The 13-megapixel system is the one that excites wannabe photographers and anyone looking for a high-resolution camera on a mobile platform. The lens on this camera offers the same focal length as a 27mm lens does on a 35mm format.
The other camera has a resolution of 5 megapixels. This front facing camera offers an aperture of f/2.2. The lens on this camera offers the same focal length as a 23mm lens does on the 35mm format.
The Galaxy Tab S3 is a highly regarded tablet. According to some users, it is the best tab ever when it comes down to productivity. But then we are not concerned with the features of the tab beyond the camera.
The rear camera has an aperture of f/1.9. Fast but not fast enough when you consider the crop factor. The thing about small sensors is that the crop factor makes the effective aperture much smaller than what is promised. So the f/1.9 aperture is not the same as f/1.9 on a 35mm format camera.
The rear camera of the Galaxy Tab S3 has auto-focusing as well and is fitted with a flash. The main (rear camera) is able to shoot 4K videos. While a tablet is not the best platform for shooting videos or stills because of the unwieldy size of the device, the Galaxy Tab S3 is still a useful system to make images and videos with.
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6. Apple 9.7″ iPad
The iPad 9.7″ is a small yet powerful table device with an 8-megapixel rear camera. The front-facing FaceTime HD camera has a resolution of 1.2 megapixels. With a similar screen size to the Samsung Galaxy Tab S3. The rear camera can record full HD videos.
It has a f/2.2 aperture, and the stills it manages have the dimensions 3264 pixels x 2448 pixels. The front camera has a resolution of f/1.2 and is ideal for soft portraits. This lens is good enough to tackle most lighting situations. However, it can only record 720p HD videos.
- 9.7-inch Retina display, wide color and true tone
- A9 third-generation chip with 64-bit architecture
- M9 motion coprocessor
- 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera
- 8MP iSight camera
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