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Although the Retina display of the new iPad is inarguably the highlight of the new features, the 5 megapixel iSight camera certainly plays a significant supporting role in proceedings.

In this particular post, we’ll be comparing the iPad 2′s rear camera with that of the brand new iPad, and if you’re aware of the specs of either device, you’ll likely be in no doubt as to which comes out on top when both are placed head-to-head.

Our video reviewer, Steven Chi, compared the two devices, and as the video below demonstrates, there is very little in the way of competition.

iSight

Although the second iteration of Apple’s iconic tablet caused as much of a stir last March as it has done in 2012, that doesn’t mean to say 2011′s release wasn’t bereft of a few key features. After all, many of us had become accustomed to a Retina display with the iPhone 4, and were expecting the iPad 2 to follow suit. Unfortunately, the iPad 2′s display was a carbon copy of the original iPad’s, while the two brand-new cameras did not reach the heights many iDevice users had come to expect.

The 3rd-Gen iPad boasts a 5 megapixel camera, which, while not amongst the cream of iOS photography (the iPhone 4S creeps all the way up to 8 megapixels), is more than substantial to your everyday snapper. With improved cameras, allied to social image sites like Instagram, many smartphone users have become amateur photographers in their spare time. Since the "new" iPad has recently arrived at the party, it seems tablet users will also join the increasing number of smartphone users partial to image creating, editing and sharing.

iPad 3 lens

Are you pleased that Apple has finally given the iPad some respectability amongst the iOS photographers, or do you feel taking snaps / making videos is a pastime reserved for the smartphone owners? After all, although the new iPad’s camera adequately covers that Kodak moment, the sheer size of the device makes portability rather difficult, to say the least.

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