Apple’s newest tablet, the iPad Air 2, was just announced, and it comes with an upgraded rear iSight camera. The new iPad packs an 8-megapixel camera with 1.12 micron pixels, f.24 aperture and shoots video at 1080p HD quality. It also includes an improved FaceTime camera for video calls.
In a keynote presentation today Apple actually encouraged people to take photos using the iPad Air 2’s rear camera, arguing that the big screen makes a great viewfinder. The iSight camera is also getting Burst mode as well as Time-lapse and slow motion video modes.
Meanwhile the FaceTime camera has been upgraded to HD with f/2.2 aperture and an upgraded sensor that takes in 81 percent more light. The upgraded front-facing camera also features improved face detection, burst selfies, and HDR photos and videos.
Apple is clearly positioning the iPad Air 2 as a photo and video-focused device, and we’re excited to try out those new cameras for ourselves. Even so, if you’re going out for the night we say leave your iPad at home and just use the camera that comes built into your smartphone instead.