Why do tablets usually not incorporate a rear-camera?

DrSunil Vaswani March 27, 2013
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It has been seen that tablets do not have rear-camera ( though few do have ) . Why do tablets usually not incorporate a rear-camera?

  1. Pooky Joralyn
    March 31, 2013 at 8:09 am

    IMO, it's just too heavy (and awkward) holding a 10-inch tablet just to take a photo :D

  2. Oron Joffe
    March 30, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    This should be possible, though I've never tried this myself. See for example the article at
    http://electronicscoreresearch.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/using-external-camera-on-android-device.html?showComment=1348573403465

  3. Fawad A
    March 29, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Again it depends what users use it for. Some tablets dont intend their usage to be that of video calling however the ipad wants its users to use facetime and therefore has a rear camera

  4. Oron Joffe
    March 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    The iPads have two cameras, but I guess other tablet makers are trying to save costs, and probably don't see the utility in having both a front-facing camera (useful mostly for Skype etc) and rear facing (for use as a camera).

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      March 30, 2013 at 5:12 am

      I read your reply and noted it's contents carefully

      Nice answer..thanks

      Appending a sub-question : Can an external usb-webcam ( like iball USB 2.0 5G lens Night Vision - used for desktops ) be configured for use on an Android tablet? If yes , how?

  5. Joel Thomas
    March 28, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Tablets do not come with rear camera as it economical and who would take photos with a
    10 inch tablet

  6. Pratish Rao
    March 28, 2013 at 6:53 am

    tablets are sumthing which is normally used either for reading..maybe playin games..

    so the manufacturer doesnt increase its cost..eventhough he wants to add there is only few
    megapixel given.. onli 2 3 mp cam..

  7. DalSan M
    March 27, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    It is for reducing costs, and the thoughts that users would use the front-facing camera for video chatting and conferencing, as well as allowing users to take and upload pictures of themselves. Taking pictures and videos with a rear camera is awkward and cumbersome since the tablet is a large size versus the smaller size of a phone. Front cameras are generally low quality as opposed to the rear camera being a higher quality, cutting the costs down.

    • DrSunil Vaswani
      March 30, 2013 at 5:07 am

      I read your reply and noted it's contents carefully

      Nice answer

      Appending a sub-question : Can an external usb-webcam ( like iball USB 2.0 5G lens Night Vision - used for desktops ) be configured for use on an Android tablet? If yes , how?

    • DalSan M
      March 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      There are several things about doing this. 1, the device must be rooted. 2, programming and hacking using Linux and creating kernel adjustments for the android device must be made and installed on the device. 3, the usb camera must be low powered in order for the device to power it. 4, a compatible camera app must be used to take pictures and possibly videos. It has been done with success, but being comfortable hacking and altering android system files is a must in order to accomplish this. It is definitely not for the faint of heart. More success has been find with using Bluetooth cameras as opposed to USB cameras, though I'm sure not as good as a built-in camera. http://www.tabletroms.com/forums/adam-general-development/5019-ics-external-camera-support-test-3.html

      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/8963897/use-usb-camera-on-android-application

    • Sunil
      March 31, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Thanks

      What app can be used to use Bluetooth webcam on Android?

      Can the webcam be used as only rear or also front can for Android?

    • DalSan
      March 31, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      The camera applications are hit and miss when it concerns external devices. Sometimes the default Android camera app works, sometimes not. The bigger issue is altering the system files to change the settings for the camera to be used. I'm wondering if the Ubuntu phone coming out soon would be easier to work with in these situations since it is using a regular Linux kernel instead of a modified version for android. I do know that there is Ubuntu for android, but not sure if that would help.

  8. ha14
    March 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    to make them lower cost, they could add small camera but this will not be professional, plus some adjustment to the hardware is required, also camera needs battery so taking few photos or/and video thus reduce battery percentage

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