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

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.

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