The Transformer Pad TF701 has two cameras, a 5-megapixel sensor on the back and a 1.2-megapixel one on the front. We’re not convinced using a tablet as a camera is a particularly sound idea, but they seem to be gaining popularity given how many people we see using them around London.
Still, in good lighting the main camera can produce some reasonable shots and it’s easy to get on with. Focusing may not be particularly reliable, but it is reasonably quick and there’s very little shutter lag. It’s a snappy camera.
More important, though, it’s designed much more for fun than for any sort of serious photography. The Transformer Pad isn’t trying to be a Lumia 1020.
Images are a little soft
Detail is pretty uninspiring and colour reproduction is a little unrefined. But at least it's not dull.
The HDR mode is reasonable, but not super-effectiveThis is a social camera. Not in the sense that it’s forever trying to share your photos on Facebook, but that most of its modes are geared around taking photos of people. Other than the Night mode, Panorama and HDR staples, you get an injection of fun in the shape of the Portrait and GIF animation modes.
Rather than just smoothing out the skin of your subject, Portrait lets you mess with their cheekbones, the size of their eyes and the colour of their cheeks. It’s deeply silly stuff, but fun for five minutes. And while the GIF maker is a bit basic, with no real editing, making animated GIFs of people pulling faces is always going to be a laugh.
Other modes include a smile detector, a burst mode that lets you remove moving object from a photo and a quick 100-photo burst 'turbo' mode. It sounds good, but the quality of the photos is reduced significantly. Again, it’s only useful as a ‘fun’ mode.
The main camera can also record video at up to 1080p resolution. The front camera misses out on this – its 1.2-megapixel sensor tops out at 720p video. However, you can still use a few extra modes with it, including the GIF creator and portrait mangler.
Both cameras are inherently a bit rubbish. But neither is a pain to use, and there’s some fun to be had here, especially as something for kids to play around with.