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One of the iPad 2's marquee features is the front- and rear-facing cameras. Like today's iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad too can take still shots as well as movies, and do so from either side of the device. In this movie, we'll go with the basics of using these cameras. The easiest way to explore the iPad's cameras is through the Camera app. Just tap it to launch the app and an image from one of the cameras will appear on the iPad's display. So I tap Camera to launch it, and here we are.
We are looking at the rear-facing camera and, by the way, this is Magic Nick who is going to perform a trick for us a little bit later on. If I want to flip around to look at the front-facing camera, I just tap the Flip Camera button and here I am. Hello! That's enough with me. Tap the button again to flip back around. The front-facing camera shoots at a standard definition and that's 640 x 480 pixels. The rear-facing camera shoots at 720p HD, which is 1280 x 720 pixels.
Neither camera was meant to replace even a mediocre point and shoot; the images just aren't all that great. FaceTime video chat, which we'll cover in another movie, is their main reason for being. Now to focus the camera, as well as adjust its exposure, tap on the object that you want to be the subject of your picture. So, for example, subject in this one is going to be the King of Hearts and we see it dims down a little bit, so that we can see the King of Hearts a little bit better. But if I tap on the background, you see everything comes up because we want to see what's in the background.
We'll go back to the King of Hearts. Now we are ready to take a shot, so all I have to do is tap the Camera button at the bottom. Your hear a little click and then the image goes down into a thumbnail image in the bottom-left corner. I tap that and there is my image. The other option is here as well which we'll look at in another movie, but for now I will tap the screen, tap Done, and we are back. Movies work much the same way. Just tap the Camera Movie slider at the bottom of the window to switch from still images to video capture.
When you do, the Camera button turns into a red record button. The Switch Camera button works just as it does for still photos and you can choose focus and exposure just like you did with still shots. So let's start taking a movie. Tap the red record button and Magic Nick will perform a trick for your amusement and entertainment. Now, Nick is a professional so please don't try this at home because you could strain something.
By the way, let's demonstrate. Again, I can change exposure and I can change focus by tapping on the screen, just tap on that card right there. Beautifully fanned and isn't that amazing? So when you tap Record one more time, it stops recording, it makes the sound, it goes down into the thumbnail image. To play it, all I have to do is tap on the Play button and sure enough, there is our movie.
Tap the screen. Tap Done. Over here I am going to show you one more feature, and that is if you'd like to see the movie in 16 x 9 as you are previewing it, just double-tap on the screen, and here we are at 16 x 9. You can use any of the images, videos, and apps that support them and the camera can be used within other applications as well. In addition to Apple's Photo Booth and FaceTime, which we will cover in other movies, the cameras are used in a lot of social networking apps and video editors, like Apple's iMovie.
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