Asus Transformer Prime: the best tablet camera ever?

Asus Transformer Prime: the best tablet camera ever?We've already written plenty about the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime considering it still has to appear in the flesh, and no surprise – the quad-core slate looks pretty special.

And while we've certainly covered its 8-megapixel f/2.4 camera, pictures are worth a thousand words, they say, and when it comes to some test snaps that have emerged showing the Prime's camera in action, a fair number of those words would have to be “wow”.

The Transformer Prime, which was officially unveiled last week and is expected to go on sale in the

UK in January, boasts an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM and a 10.1in IPS display.

For the most part when we talk about specs for mobile devices we cover the camera with a single line talking about resolution, plus the video smarts and possible flash details. And there's good reason, because these are the only differentiators from an otherwise predictable status quo.

There are some products that challenge this approach, however. The Nokia N8 is one of them, and so too is the new Apple iPhone 4S. And it's pretty obvious from some new images that have appeared on Asus' Facebook page that the Transformer Prime is another.

The aperture rating of f/2.4 means sharper images, while the quality of the optics shines through loud and clear whether you're talking a night-time cityscape or a field of sunflowers in the middle of a sunny day.

Our only reservation comes from the visual dork-value of pointing a 10-inch tablet at a field of flowers to take a photo – it's not quite the intuitive melding of creativity and technology we have in mind when we think of cutting edge photography.

Still, if nothing else it finally kills off that whole “Android cameras suck” theory once and for all.

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 16:41

Joeybarcelona  Nov. 16, 2011 at 22:51

While it is definitely nice to have an aperture rating of f/2.4, this rating only means more light will reach the sensor. Lower numbers indicate a wider opening, thus more light passing through. It does not guarantee there will be a sharper pictures. Lens quality and shutter speed probably play a bigger role in the sharpness of a picture. If this was a general review of the tablet, I probably would not have commented. Since it is addressing the camera quality, I am going to be more of a stickler for camera related details. Just my 2 cents.

terryaaa  Nov. 17, 2011 at 07:41

Love take,n pictures with a tablet. 8MP will be great. But do they have a 7" tablet? Someone really needs to do a Tablet camera round up. This is the best I could do, looking for "best tablet camera"

Stelph  Nov. 17, 2011 at 11:57

@JanSt - Having that as a Twitpic is so very appropriate for that photo.

Why would you EVER want to take a photo with your tablet, really?? For quick emergency photos get your smartphone out, otherwise stick with a dedicated camera


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