New iPad features 5MP camera, Retina display

New iPad from Apple offers new features for photographers

New iPad from Apple offers new features for photographers

The new iPad is finally here, boasting several new features for photographers.

Following months of speculation, Apple has confirmed its third-generation iPad tablet, which offers users a new 5-megapixel iSight camera with advanced optics.

The new iPad camera uses a backside illumination sensor, auto white balance and face detection, as well as record full HD video at 1080p.

Another boon for photographers is the new iPad’s Retina display, which Apple claims makes iPad photos more crisp and lifelike. The iPad’s photos and videos are rich with detail, the company says, due to the tablet’s AX5 chip.

The Retina display on the new iPad offers 2048×1536 resolution, 44% greater colour saturation than the iPad 2, and 3.1 million pixels — four times the number of pixels in the iPad 2 and a million more than an HDTV, Apple claims.

Other features for photographers on the new iPad include a new iPhoto app and WiFi + 4G wireless technology.

The new iPad price will remain the same as the previous generation, suggesting the iPad 2 price tag could could drop.

Apple said its new tablet will be in stores by 16 March, while pre-orders are accepted now.