The Nokia Lumia 2520 features both front and rear-facing cameras. The front-facing camera, which can be used for face-to-face conversations in Skype or Google Hangouts, captures video at a standard 720p resolution. The quality isn't spellbinding and it fares better in brighter light conditions, but it does the job if you temper expectations.
The rear camera is a much better 6.7-megapixel snapper that features Zeiss optics (the company's branding can be found on the shell's rear) with a f1.9 aperture. If you're planning on using the tablet as your primary camera (and we hope you're not), the rear camera takes decent shots, even in the absence of Nokia's lauded PureView technology.
But just because the Lumia 2520 looks like a blown-up Lumia smartphone, it doesn't mean it should be used as one. Focusing is a little on the slow side, and you're better off trying to get closer to your target than using its blurry 4x zoom.
You get the choice of Microsoft's native camera app or the Nokia Camera app when taking pictures. Both have their own strengths - Nokia's being the ability to take several photos at once before picking out the best saving it using an on-screen dial.
Once saved, images can be cropped and edited using basic tools such as auto-fix and others to apply basic effects. Annoyingly you can't share photos directly after you've taken them - you'll have to open them into Windows Photo viewer on the desktop for that.
Microsoft's camera app doesn't let you capture and sift through multiple snaps, forcing you to take one at a time. However, it does offer a manual zoom function that puts the image in focus by tapping on the area you want to focus on, much like on iOS.
When it comes to shooting video using a rear camera, tablets are yet to get it right, even in the case of wallet-emptying offerings such as Microsoft's Surface Pro 2 that captures low-quality, grainy footage. The Nokia 2520's is much better. It's not crystal clear, but its 1080p rear camera is more than up to the task of capturing general shots in well-lit conditions.