Taking a photo with a tablet is an act of desperation; it says 'I forgot to bring a real camera but I want this shot so badly, I don't mind how silly I look'.

In keeping with that principle, both the front and rear-facing cameras on the Surface Pro are 1.2MP cameras with poor low light performance.

They take the kind of disposable snaps we expected of camera phones five years ago, rather than the acceptable images you can get by looking silly and using the iPad 4 as a camera.

If you want decent snaps, use a compact camera or a good camera phone such as the Nokia 808 PureView.

However they're much better as webcams than for still images, recording at 720p. The extra wide angle of the front-facing camera is great for video chat in Skype, and the colour balance from the Microsoft True Color system and autofocus do better than all but the very best built-in webcams in other notebooks.

The rear camera is good enough to show the person you're chatting with a quick video view from your window.

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Microsoft Surface Pro review

Click here to see the full resolution image

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Contributor

Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Contributor

Dan (Twitter, Google+) is TechRadar's Former Deputy Editor and is now in charge at our sister site Lifehacker UK. Covering all things computing, internet and mobile he's a seasoned regular at major tech shows such as CES, IFA and Mobile World Congress. Dan has also been a tech expert for many outlets including BBC Radio 4, 5Live and the World Service, The Sun and ITV News.