So how much better is the new iPad's new camera?

So how much better is the new iPad's new camera?
When the Apple iPad 2 released last year, we were wowed by the immense upgrade over its successor in the original iPad – and for some, it was a comforting sight to find the tablet finally boasting a camera in the rear. Naturally, the thought of shooting photos or videos with a tablet is still attached with this awkward stigma, but nonetheless, it’s simply nice having the option of doing that. However, it was soon quite evident that the iPad 2 didn’t offer the same level of comfort and quality found with its sibling in the iPhone. In fact, we were appalled by the grainy, faint details, and overall poor quality produced by the iPad 2’s less than 1-megapixel count camera.

Thankfully, Apple has outfitted the new iPad (3rd generation) with one that’s worthy to stand in the same platform as the iPhone 4 and 4S before it. Why’s that? Well, it’s been bumped up to a 5-megapixel iSight camera featuring an F2.8 aperture lens and a sensor with backside illumination. Those items alone already tell the inevitable improvement we’re going to see with the new iPad. Furthermore, it now boasts full 1080p high definition video recording with an anti-shake feature to keep things smooth and steady.

Admittedly, for a tablet, we’re impressed with the results produced by the new iSight camera. Outdoors under sunny conditions, there is enough balance in various key aspects to make its shots worthy enough for an actual print out. Visually, details are sharp enough to accept, while its neutral color production and exposure keeps everything else in balance to inevitably deliver lovely shots. Conversely, it’s still decent enough to use in low lighting situations, though, it exhibits more grainy visuals due to the increase in exposure. By doing that however, it’s able to draw out details in the shots that are normally lost due to the limited amount of light hitting the camera.

Lastly, there’s the 1080p video recording of the new iPad, which as expected, is considerably improved versus the murky results found with its predecessor. No doubt we dig the sharp looking visuals it’s able to command, but we’ve seen better results with some other top-shelf smartphones. But for a tablet, we have full respect for what it has to offer. Indeed, we still might be reserved when it comes to taking photos or videos with a tablet, but as a last resort or only option, we wouldn’t hesitate for one moment to use the new iPad.

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iPad 3
  • Display 9.7 inches
    1536 x 2048 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A5X, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB,
  • Battery 11560 mAh
  • OS iOS 9.x



9. thelegend6657 unregistered

iSight is just a name .

6. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

when ibutt2 was out, people thought the cr@ppy camera is a live with as a camera is not a neccesary thing on a tablet for baristas. so what's the point for comparing a "standard" camera with a cr@ppy one? you will think water is yummy when you are thirsty, so how much yummier is a glass of water vs a cup of peee??

3. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Imagine a Nokia Windows 8 Tablet 7inch with 41megapixel PureView technology that would outshine the iPad.

7. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah, when Windows 8 comes out this summer, iPad may be gone.

11. sharifsumit

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

lol. u r funny.

10. sharifsumit

Posts: 22; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

r u insane ? which time u r living ? imagine an iPad with mac os. outperform all tab. lol

12. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

41 megapixels still blows my mind. The size of each picture is going to be HUGE. After a dozen pictures ... you will be out of space on your phone. Crazy cool though ...

2. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

" exhibits more grainy visuals due to the increase in exposure." In low light the exposure is all the way open at f2.8. Noise is caused by not enough light hitting the sensor. The only way to reduce noise is to add light or to have a lens with a lower f-stop. Although f2.8 is pretty good for a mobile device. My fastest Canon prime lens is f1.2. It would be awesome if mobile devices could get there one day.

1. drahmad

Posts: 480; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

most people over here have bloody see them...

4. rf1975

Posts: 264; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

The display is outstanding. But do we need that much hi res. Full HD is more than enough for most of the users. Apple made the A5X with quad core GPU to fire up the hi res. But what I learnt is that the A5X is generating considerably more heat than A5. If users can feel this extra heat generation while using their new iPad then it will become a big issue (like iPhone 4 antenna gate). So it is too early give conclusion.

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31815; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Mine honestly doesn't get hot at all,only slightly warm with very heavy usage. That will vary device to device though.

8. JeffdaBeat unregistered

It's funny you ask that. I think the closer we can get to actual printed text, the better reading is on the iPad. I have to say it's pretty damn close. But the reason I say it's funny is that, I always wonder why people need to have 30Mbps on their sell phones...but no one is turning it down. Hell, sometimes folks get upset without it...even though they are only doing basic web browsing on their mobile devices. I don't think we should shun any breakthrough on technology...except artificial intelligence...which will always scare me.

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