In terms of replacing a compact camera, there is no doubt that any tablet comes with a massive disadvantage. Where a compact camera can fit easily in a pocket or small bag, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 needs to be carried in a much larger bag.

That hasn't stopped Samsung from including a rather decent 8MP camera, complete with flash, to accompany the 2MP front facing sensor.

As I consider the front facing snapper the primary camera on any tablet device, I would much rather have seen these two swapped over to allow for much clearer video calls.

Camera Samsung Galaxy Pro 10.1

I did find though that the 2MP camera was more than sufficient in testing, especially combining it with Samsung's Beauty Face (although there is no quick software fix that will make me look like Bradley Cooper).

Video calling was also well handled; with the biggest problem I faced being the strength of my Wi-Fi, especially when being used by a house full of devices all connected to the same network.

When it comes to snapping photos though, there is no doubt which one of the two you will be using.

Samsung Galaxy Pro 10.1 Camera interface

Out and about trying to snap a shot with the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 did feel odd, and the extra screen real estate didn't really seem to help with the positioning of the subject.

In terms of picture quality though, there is no doubt that this is an area where the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 isn't lacking. The 8MP sensor matches the size that was seen in flagship smartphones only a few years ago, and in smartphones that are still towards the upper end of the middle market.

This means that pictures taken are on par with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, a phone that I found took some rather nice shots. Samsung's camera app also comes with the same variety of modes that are now found on Samsung smartphones.

Camera Samsung Galaxy Pro 10.1 Camera Interface

It does seem that in order to be able to take a decent photo of yourself to put in the corner of your main snap, you need to have arms like the bright orange Mr. Tickle. T-Rex's need not apply.

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4x digital zoom does give a rather large loss of detail but image is still rather clear

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The reverse is true when focussed on the light source, with there being very little detail captured elsewhere

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I found that it was difficult to get a decent self-shot as the image was too close

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Images are stitched together really well in panorama mode

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