New iPad : iSight Camera, 5Mpx, GPS Geotagging?

The new iPad comes with a massively improved iSight rear camera with a resolution jump from one megapixel to five megapixels. There's a good reason why Apple did that; it wouldn't be logical to have a 3.2-megapixel screen with a one-megapixel camera.

The new iSight features some of the technology we saw on the iPhone 4S. A five-element lens, IR filter plus the image signal processor is built in the A5X system on chip, auto focus, tap to focus, face detection, geotagging (audio and video) and auto exposure.

The rear camera can also record full HD videos at up to 30 frames per second with video stabilization. The front facing camera remains the same (VGA video recording, VGA still camera). Note that Apple didn't confirm whether the geotagging would be done over Wi-Fi or using an internal GPS chip.

It is worth noting that the screen of the new iPad has a 44 per cent greater colour saturation compared to the old iPad display which means that pictures should also look better on the display.

This article is part of a series where we look at multiple aspects of the new iPad including the processor, the GPU, the screen, the 4G connectivity, the iSight camera, design and battery life. There's also a nifty comparison between the new iPad and the iPad 2.

You can read through our liveblog of the event, one which lasted nearly 90 minutes and also saw the launch of a new Apple TV and the iPhoto App plus a number of major updates.

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