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Screen crispness isn't a major selling point of the Acer Iconia Tab A100. So when you use one as a camera, the images will look passable, but this isn't a tablet that makes you want to go around and show the masses your recently snapped photos – they just don't pop that much on the screen.
Fortunately, the 5MP camera does take good photos, and the smaller tablet is easier to grasp without shaking and position for a good shot. The camera app has few extra settings beyond what is included with Android 3.2, including sepia and black-and-white modes.
NORMAL: Images are clear from the main camera
SUNNY: Glare takes over here
CLOSE: We got in pretty close here with no issue
COLOURFUL: Colours are reproduced well
LIGHT: Sunlight spots take over this photo
NO BLUR: The 7-inch size of the tablet means shots are less prone to shaking and blurring than those from larger tablets
BLACK-AND-WHITE: Sepia and black-and-white options are available
In the video camera, there are no surprises either. The tablet's easier to hold steady for shooting video than a 10-inch tablet, simply because of the smaller size. Our clips of a cat on a sunny day looked fairly smooth, although they had a very slight jittering look compared to those we captured with the Toshiba Thrive.
It still feels a bit awkward shooting video – a smartphone makes more sense because you can be a bit more subtle. You can't use such a bulky device to record events such as football matches without feeling awkward and getting shaky results.
The front camera on the Acer Iconia Tab A100 is passable. We snapped a few photos and videos, and they looked predictably washed out and less clear than the rear-facing camera.
One obvious note is that people on video chats will look smaller and maybe not even that recognisable on the smaller 7-inch screen.
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