iPad 2 Rear Camera Has Tap for Auto Exposure, Not Auto Focus

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By Todd Ogasawara Comment

If you read the iPhone 4’s Tech Specs page, its camera section reads:

– Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
– 5-megapixel still camera
– Tap to focus video or still images

If you read the iPad 2’s Tech Specs page, its camera section reads:

– Back camera: Video recording, HD (720p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; still camera with 5x digital zoom
– Tap to control exposure for video or stills

There’s been a lot of discussion focusing (pun intended) on the indication that the iPad 2’s rear facing camera will have a relatively low resolution like the 4th generation iPod touch: 960×720 (less than a megapixel with a 691,200 pixel resolution).

What I haven’t seen mentioned, however, is that the iPad 2’s rear camera does not have the iPhone’s touch-to-autofocus feature. Instead, its description talks about a tap to control exposure. Focus and exposure are two different adjustments. While I’m looking forward to buying my iPad 2, I am beginning to wonder what kind of photos I’ll be able to record with it. The iPhone 4’s camera has been a delight to use. I hope the iPad 2’s camera does not disappoint.