Taiwan-based Largan Precision Co, one of the world's largest manufacturers of camera lenses, revealed that its first-quarter revenues rose by 52 per cent compared to last year, a surge caused by manufacturers ordering camera electronics for their tablet orders.
PC World (opens in new tab) reports that Largan's March income was a third higher than on February as many tablet makers snatch lenses for cameras with a resolution of up to five megapixels. Only one tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a higher resolution camera, an eight-megapixel model.
Only the Apple iPad amongst first generation tablets did not come with any camera. In addition, most, if not all mainstream tablets, currently come with a front facing camera with a lower pixel count (usually less than two megapixel) as well.
A teardown carried last year by iSuppli put the price of a five-megapixel autofocus camera like the one on the iPhone 4 at just under $10 while the front facing VGA one cost $1.
A similar teardown carried down a month later on the Samsung Galaxy Tab showed that the combined cost of the camera modules (a one-megapixel one and a three-megapixel one) had fallen to under $8.
As for the iPad 2, which comes with a HD-ready and a VGA camera, both with fixed lenses, the total estimated cost was only $4.30. Most of the newer Honeycomb & Gingerbread tablets (Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9, Acer Iconia, Asus EEEpad Transformer, HTC Flyer, LG Optimus Pad etc) come with 5-megapixel cameras.