How to Use Your iPad Cameras - dummies

How to Use Your iPad Cameras

iPad 2 introduced front- and rear-facing cameras to the iPad hardware feature list. You can use the cameras to take still photos or shoot videos. The fourth-generation iPad introduced a higher quality FaceTime front-facing camera useful for making video calls.

For now, take a quick look at your cameras by tapping the Camera app icon on the Home screen. An image appears, as shown in this figure.


Simple tools let you start and stop a recording or switch between cameras. The third-generation iPad introduced a super-clear Retina display and 5-megapixel rear-facing iSight camera for viewing and taking the best iPad-generated photos and video yet.

Controls located around the screen allow you to

  • Switch between the front and rear cameras.

  • Change from a still camera to a video camera operation using the Camera/Video slider.

  • Take a picture or start recording a video.

  • Turn HDR (high dynamic range, for better contrast) on or off.

  • Open the previously captured image or video.

When you view a photo or video, you can use several features to do things like send the image via AirDrop, post it to Facebook, send it by e-mail or as a tweet, print an image, use a still photo as wallpaper or assign it to a contact, and run a slideshow or edit a video.

AirDrop only works with the fourth-generation (or later) iPad and original iPad mini (and later).