Advent Tegra Note 7: Camera

Michael Sawh

By Michael Sawh



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Advent Vega Tegra Note 7: Camera

The Tegra Note 7 has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera that can shoot 1080p Full HD video and a VGA quality front-facing camera. Nothing extraordinary there, but instead of the usual stock Android camera application, Nvidia has included the Camera Awesome app in its place, which offers a wider range of features including HDR, Burst and Continuous shooting modes.

There’s a lot more going on with the user interface as well with plenty of settings and modes to play with, including the ability to manually adjust ISO sensitivity settings, image stabilization, exposure levels and metering.

Nvidia also promises a future update will enable an exclusive to Nvidia 'always-on HDR' mode. HDR, if you're not familiar, stands for high dynamic range and is a mode that takes three different photos at the same time but at different exposures and then stitches them together. This helps improve photos in most situations, particularly those with strong contrasting light sources -- such as shots with bright sunshine and areas of shadows

Because this takes a little processing time it's normally a mode you have to enable manually, but Nvidia's image processor is designed to allow you to take HDR shots all the time just as you do ordinary non-HDR shots. On paper it's a very neat idea, so it's a shame it's not ready yet, but while we wait we can still put the Tegra 4's cameras through their paces and test the HDR mode in its not always-on incarnation.

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Tegra Note 7 image with HDR mode produces better colours

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Nexus 7 2 image produces a lot of noise

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Tegra Note 7 image with HDR can look a little overprocessed

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The Nexus 7 2 struggles to deliver the same level of vibrancy as the Note 7

Without HDR, it’s a pretty ordinary performer. When you switch on HDR the shutter is slow to jump into action, but it definitely improves colour reproduction and the overall vibrancy in images. There’s still some signs of haziness and images can look over processed in places, but clearly beats the Nexus 7 2 in the same conditions. Results really do vary depending on the environment, particularly as there's no LED flash, but it's not bad for a cheap tablet.

The VGA front-facing camera, however, is one of the poorest we’ve seen, so you are going to struggle coming out nice and clear for video calls. We can't help Nvidia has miscalculated here, too, given how useful tablets are for making video calls.


December 16, 2013, 12:12 pm

Very helpful review, thanks.
Would you be able to find out where we can purchase the slide cover. It is not included in the box. I cannot seem to find anywhere that sells it. Currys do not stock it and there is no mention of places to buy it on the nvidia or advent website.

It would be really helpful if you could perhaps ask them about it.

Keep up the excellent work.


December 19, 2013, 8:41 pm

have you tried checking amazon or ebay they might have what your looking for


December 20, 2013, 10:53 am

Tried those sites. I've tried generally googling and even the various manufacturer sites to no avail! Seems as though the only place to get hold of one is to purchase from in America but even hey seem to have limited stock! I did ask in Currys but they know nothing about the sliced cover and said they do not plan on stocking it, which is a shame.

katherine gleeson

January 10, 2014, 8:59 am

Ive been looking for one too :) and a doggie for it.


January 23, 2014, 6:08 am

What do you mean by "It’s a little reflective to use outdoors and you can begin to notice the visible lines that comprise the capacitive touch system"? The note 7 i just got has lines that resemble a sheet of college rule paper embedded on the screen even while its off. I hope thats not normal


February 7, 2014, 1:02 pm

There is no Note 7! (I have the 3 and 8.)


February 10, 2014, 10:35 pm

can it be connected to a tv ?


February 21, 2014, 5:48 pm

No pressure sensitivity for the included stylus? What's the point if it's like any other tablet that you could just buy a nubby stylus for? What a waste.

Rob Coe

February 25, 2014, 10:49 pm

@ pastiebasher - yes, use the mini HDMI socket.

This review could do with an update - NVIDIA have now sent out OTA upgrades for both Android 4.3 and (last week) 4.4.2 (Kit Kat).

Not necessarily night-and-day differences but does show an on-going commitment from the manufacturer.

The Slide Cover is shown on PC World/Currys website, although haven't got one myself yet.

Price up to £140 now but compared it to several competing tablets before purchase - in no way disappointed.

Apparently an LTE version is on the horizon, with a Tegra K1 version also in the pipeline (mooted to have 2GB RAM and a higher-res screen).

Looks like NVIDIA are getting very serious about the tablet market!


March 1, 2014, 12:03 pm

it does have a special inbuilt system to make the capacative stylus sensitive, its own invented system


March 9, 2014, 12:28 am

Where can it be found by £99?


May 21, 2014, 10:37 am

PC World right now! I missed it before xmas and wasn't missing out this time. Ordered today.


June 13, 2014, 5:33 pm

Bought one last week as my Nexus 7 (2012) has a broken USB port till I fix it. Love it, love it, love it.
For 99 quid , this is amazing . Read a few reviews beforehand, cheap build .- rubbish! lack lustre display - rubbish. Buy 5 , cheaper than an IPad - fantastic product


June 29, 2014, 5:10 pm

Well there is the Tegra note 7.

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