Lets face the facts, no one buys a tablet for its camera abilities and it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has heeded this advice, as it offers only a basic camera experience.

The fact it has both front and rearing facing snappers is pleasing, as the competing Iconia Tab A200 just has a front camera and iPad 2 can only offer a 0.7MP rear cam, although neither are anything to write home about, and both are inferior compared to the pair on the Toshiba AT200.

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The front facing VGA offering is purely there to facilitate video calling, using services such as Skype, and the odd vanity check – we wouldn't recommend taking photos or video with it, although both options are available to you.

Round the back there's a 3.15MP sensor, but low light shooting is out of the question straight away, as there's no flash to accompany it.

As well as shunning the option of a flash, Samsung has decided not to include auto-focus, tap to focus or a digital zoom to the camera on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

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The camera application closely mirrors the one found on Samsung's range of Android smartphones, providing an easy to use layout and some basic functions including exposure control, timer, 11 scene modes, three effects (negative, black and white and sepia), and a trio of shooting modes; single shot, smile shot and panorama.

Shutter speed is less than a second, mainly thanks to the lack of auto-focus, but this along with a low quality sensor results in grainy images, with motion blur common as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 struggles to keep up with fast moving objects.

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Negative: A funky futuristic look can be easily achieved

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Black and white: like in the olden days

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The Tab 2 10.1 can produce pretty good panoramas

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It's unable to balance light, with the foreground very dark here

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And the sky is now overexposed as it deals with the foreground

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In good light indoors, the Tab 2 10.1 performs ok

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But in low light it struggles without a flash

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