Apple on Wednesday announced its revamped line of iPods, including the 4th generation of the highly popular iPod Touch device.
The newest model Touch 4G adds many features from the iPhone 4, including FaceTime, high definition (HD) video recording, retina display, the Apple A4 processor, and a built-in three-axis gyroscope.
For its FaceTime feature, the iPod Touch 4G includes two built-in cameras, with the one on the back shooting HD 720p video.
Rear Camera Concerns
Just how good is that rear camera? It turns out that it’s only about .7 megapixels. That’s less than one megapixel.
So, what’s the deal with that?
“The camera was one of the 2 main things people asked for,” reviewed J. Justin at Amazon.
“The other being the Retina display. My assumption is that Apple didn’t want to affect iPhone sales and purposely dummied down the camera. Shame on them. They want us to pay $240 to $400 for an iPod with a terrible camera.”
The iPod Touch 4G is said to be the iPhone without the phone, but the bottom line here is that the Touch’s camera is nowhere near as good as the iPhone’s.
Here’s the tech specs from Apple:
“Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 × 720) with back camera.”
Why Less Than 1MP?
As for why the iPod Touch 4G’s rear camera ended up being not so great? It may have to do with the size of the device.
“The iPod Touch is about one millimeter thinner than the iPhone 4 (which is significant when it comes to pocketability),” said Brian X. Chen at Wired. “Anything bigger than a one-megapixel sensor probably would have been a squeeze, especially when you consider that the Touch includes a front-facing camera, too.”
The reality is, with this model of the iPod Touch being so thin, there is just barely enough room to fit a camera in it.
Still, some users are left scratching their heads as to why Apple would put only a .7MP camera into the iPod Touch 4G.
“Who on the face of this planet today will put a camera in a device and make it just 0.7 MP?” wrote one user.
“It is inconceivable. This is Apple contempt for you. It is a killer for me, and I was ready to order one. What will you do?”
What do you think about the new iPod Touch 4G? With only .7 megapixels, is that a deal breaker for you or are you still going to get?
Be sure to let us know in the comments.