The new iPod touch is undoubtedly an improvement on its predecessor, boasting a beautiful Retina Display screen, a skinny-as-hell “form factor”, and front and back cameras letting you FaceTime your pals and capture 720p video respectively. But that back cam isn’t so hot with stills – it’s less than 1MP. Does that bother you?
Personally this particular tech hack was salivating at the thought of a new iPod touch with an iPhone 4-esque 5MP camera. I’m not an iPhone 4 user but I’m a huge fan of its camera, and the idea of being able to carry a point-and-shoot snapper that good inside my iPod is incredibly appealing.
Sadly, the new iPod touch’s back camera sensor is designed for video first and stills a distant second: at just 960 x 720 pixels, it’s less than a megapixel in size. The new iPod touch is THIN, and that means there isn’t room for the iPhone 4’s camera chip. Also, Apple probably surmised that the added cost of a 5MP camera would put off some potential buyers – people that already own a decent pocket-sized digital camera and don’t fancy shelling out for a feature they don’t need.
So what do you think? Has Apple missed a trick by keeping the new iPod touch back camera so underpowered? Let us know in the comments section below.
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