Why I Use the iPod Touch Camera Even Though It Sucks

My first iPod touch was a second generation, which I got about two or three years ago. In May of this year, I sold it and bought the fourth generation. Why? Because it has a better resolution, faster processor, and it has the front and back camera. ย In this post, however, I will only discuss the back camera and its performance in taking outdoor and indoor photos.

Here is the complete spec of the camera:


  • Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still photos (960 by 720) with back camera
  • VGA-quality photos and video up to 30 frames per second with front camera
  • Tap to control exposure for video or stills
  • Photo and video geotagging over Wi-Fi

I was a little excited in using the camera after having the second generation for more than two years. But when I started using it, it’s far from impressive. So why do I still use it more than any cameras?

Every time I go out, I always put on sun block. If I don’t, I feel naked. I feel the same way about my iPod. Every time I go out, brining it is a priority. Sometimes it’s even more important than my phone! It’s also light and thin making it so easy to put in my pocket or my purse. So when I’m in a situation where I need to take photos, I just have to take it out and snap quick photos as easy as 1-2-3.

Another reason why I use it all the time is because it’s easy to upload photos from my iPod camera library to my Facebook account. I can easily create an album, and upload all the photos without having to hook a wire. I can even go directly to my Facebook account and take a picture from there, and it will get automatically uploaded.

Uploading photos is not only made easy in Facebook, it’s also perfect for the WordPress app. Two of my blogs are hosted in WordPress, that’s why I downloaded its app version for iOS. The app is not as comprehensive as the actual, but I can write posts and publish them through the app. My favorite feature is being able to insert photos directly to my posts. Once the photos have been inserted in the post, they immediately get added to the gallery. So if I want to continue editing on another device or on the computer, I can still access the same set of photos.

Photos that are taken outdoors are not actually bad at all. With natural light, you can take decent photos, which are not that shameful to upload in Facebook. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The quality is not as gorgeous as the digital cameras with 10 plus megapixel, but it’s still pretty decent. What I do to make the photos better is upload them in a smaller resolution (like I did in my Festival Mall 5-Day Pre-Christmas sale).

Now, itโ€™s a different story when it comes to taking photos indoors. It gets especially frustrating since it doesnโ€™t have flash. Even if there is a splash of natural sunlight or ceiling lights indoors, the photo still comes with unwanted noise.

The quality has definitely dropped 10 times! The colors are not crisp, and they look grainy.

Despite the iPod touch cameraโ€™s disappointing performance, Iโ€™m going to continue using it because of its portability and the convenience of photo sharing. The only time that I will stop using it is if I get an iPhone 4S or a DSLR. ๐Ÿ˜‰

What about you girls and geeks? What is your main camera? Why do you like using it? Please share your thoughts below. ๐Ÿ™‚


Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems,ย she believes she has the best job in the world. ๐Ÿ™‚ Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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  • I’ve had a similar experience. I mostly bought the iPod Touch 4th gen because I didn’t want to spend the extra money on a smartphone and my mp3 player needed an upgrade. I enjoy using the apps and connecting to the internet, but I have found the camera frustrating. While I didn’t expect a full-fledged DSLR camera, I was hoping for better quality, like in the iPhone camera. I was a bit frustrated today because I wanted to try mobile banking, but the resolution was not high enough for my bank to allow me to upload pictures of my check. :/

    Overall, I still like using it and I like to download podcasts at home and listen to them on long bus rides. If Apple makes a new iPod Touch though, I can’t guarantee I’ll buy it. I liked Zune a lot, but I’ve heard that Microsoft is no longer making them.

    • Irene Enriquez

      Hi, Gabrielle! I totally agree with you. The camera is quite frustrating! I bet it’s more frustrating when you couldn’t use it for your bank. I’m actually not using my iPod touch right now. Our grandparents are using it to make Skype calls to the US. I actually miss using the iPod touch. It’s still the best music player. I’m planning to buy Sandisk Sansa Clip MP3 player. It just plays audio, but I want it as a workout buddy. Hopefully, I can buy the iPod touch 5th gen before the year ends. Recently, I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts as well! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, thank you so much for dropping by! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Not at all! And thanks for visiting my site as well. ๐Ÿ™‚ What podcasts are you listening to right now? I’m obsessed with Stuff You Should Know, Stuff You Missed In History Class, This American Life, and some TED talks.

    • Irene Enriquez

      Np. It was a pleasure visiting your site. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently listening to Smart Passive Income and Grammar Girl. I also just finished listening to The Hunger Games audio books. And I also love TED talks! That’s where I discovered Jane Mcgonigal’s Super Better talk. She is now one of my favorite authors. I want to be like her! ๐Ÿ™‚ Recently though I haven’t checked out TED. Thanks for reminding me how awesome it is.lol

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