The Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with two built-in cameras: a 3.2-megapixel in the rear, with LED flash, and also a 1.3-megapixel front camera for video conferencing.The 3.2-megapixel camera is reasonable. Taking pictures with the Tab is uncomfortable because of its shape, but it can work as a second camera in emergencies. Do not think of using it as your main camera.The colors seem a little faded, not bright. Areas with sharp contrast (with dark and light spots in the same scene) resulted in poor images.

Figure 9: Photo taken with the TabFigure 9: Photo taken with the Tab

The Tab also records video at 720 x 480 resolution and recording quality options are "good" and "normal" (there is no video recording in high definition). The microphone has good performance, but its location is not good for video recording: one must be careful to not block it with the finger. The result of our testing with videos was average, just as with the photographs.The Galaxy Tab is compatible with various audio and video file formats. The most common (DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, WMV and H.264 for video; and MP3, WAV, eAAC +, AC3, FLAC for audio) are there. There is no direct support for MKV files, but some files in this format can work.The Tab does not video record in HD, but the recordings were good at 720 x 480.The front camera takes 1.3 megapixel photos less sharply, obviously, but it works well for video chat, self-photo or emergency mirror.The camera interface is easy to use and has settings for resolution, white balance, effects, ISO and image quality. The options for shooting mode are: single-shot, panorama, continuous, smile detection and self-image (using the front camera). The scene modes can be set in portrait, landscape, night and sports.

There is also an option to add GPS information to the images.The video function also has a number of options. The video resolution goes up to 720 x 480, which is standard definition quality. We can switch between recording modes to "limit for MMS” (multimedia messaging), which reduces the resolution to 176 x 144.In the settings menu, you can adjust the white balance, apply effects, and select the video quality (only the options "very good" and "normal" are available).We have not tested the video call function due to lack of support from your service provider.