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Ready for iPad Photography? Apple’s New iPad Air 2 Features a Significantly Improved Camera


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Today Apple unveiled the iPad Air 2: a super-thin followup to its super-thin predecessor that packs quite a punch. But, beyond the new A8X chip, faster WiFi/Cellular and TouchID sensor, the most interesting upgrade was actually the camera, which had remained largely unchanged for a solid two years.

The iPad Air 2 now features an 8MP backside illuminated sensor that takes pictures through a five-element lens and hybrid IR filter. The f/2.4 aperture is the same as its predecessor, but thanks to a beefier graphics card, the iPad is now capable of burst mode in addition to HDR and panorama photos.

Video on the iPad Air 2 received a minor update as well, adding the slo-mo video capabilities that originally appeared in iPhones.

The iPad Air 2 starts at $500, so if you’re looking to carry around a massive electronic viewfinder that just happens to have a camera on it, check it out for yourself or go drop some cash over on Apple’s website.