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A 5MP rear camera on the Sony Tablet P takes reasonably sharp pictures, thanks to the built-in auto-focus, although this generally takes two to three seconds to lock onto your target/victim. We rarely found our subject was blurred, even though you can't select which area to focus on manually.
However, both interior and exterior shots often came out darker than expected. We usually had to take two or three shots before we had one that was light enough to see clearly. There's no flash, so good luck trying to take a photo in a dim interior.
You get an 8x digital zoom for distant shots, but photo quality dips considerably once this is in play. As you can see from our example photos, detail levels are poor and you get serious blur.
As with pretty much all tablet cameras, it's more of a 'snap an unexpected moment' device than a dedicated camera.
You can also shoot videos if the mood grabs you, which are pixelated but perfectly serviceable.
You also have a front-facing VGA camera for web chats, which does a good job of capturing your mug without motion blur or other side-effects. This is bizarrely located off to the side of the top screen, so you'll appear to be staring off into nothing during Skype calls. It's not ideal, but mildly comical for whoever you're speaking with.