Apple iPad Air 2 vs Apple iPad mini 3
The iPad mini 3 takes some very good looking photos and videos with its camera, but the iPad Air 2 produces slightly better ones.
Knowing that they’re running exactly the same experience, iOS 8.1, it shouldn’t shock anyone to know that their camera apps are also identical. Flaunting the same clean interface, with minimal shooting modes and manual controls, they adhere to that principle of simplicity in being able to quickly snap photos – without hesitance or complication. What’s different, though, are the cameras adorning their backs. Specifically, the iPad Air 2 sees an 8-megapixel iSight camera, while the iPad mini 3 is greeted to a 5-megapixel one.
Well, there’s no questioning the iPad Air 2’s slight superiority in the category, seeing that it delivers just a smidgen more detail with its shots. Under low lighting conditions, it also produces shots that are less noisy. Regardless of its victories, we still can’t count out the iPad mini 3’s camera as well – it’s pretty good too. In fact, the two cameras tend to be identical in the way they deal with exposure and color reproduction.
The difference in quality with their still image capture is miniscule, but iPad Air 2 shows to us that it’s considerably better at shooting 1080p videos. Basically, the iPad mini 3 has a tougher time properly focusing – plus, it doesn’t do as nice of a job as the iPad Air 2 when it comes to adjusting its exposure on the fly.
The larger display of the iPad Air 2 again proves that it’s the ideal choice for video watching.
You guessed it folks, we have the same music players with these tablets – so again, not one can outduel the other. Moving over to the audio quality produced by their respective speakers, the iPad Air 2’s set are marginally stronger at 77.9 dB. Nevertheless, the iPad mini 3’s mark of 76.6 dB isn’t bad either, but it’s a bit light on the bass.
With its larger screen size, the iPad Air 2 presents itself as the more ideal choice when it comes to watching videos. It’s still a pretty good experience over on the iPad mini 3, but it doesn’t have the size and iridescence that’s present with the iPad Air 2.