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Meet the iPad and iOS 5 by Jeff Carlson

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Use the Cameras

The iPad 2 includes two built-in cameras for capturing photos and video: one mounted on the back and one at the front. I’ll be upfront and say that they aren’t spectacular cameras: The rear-facing one captures 720p HD video, but only 0.7 megapixel stills; the front-facing one captures VGA 640-by-480-resolution video and stills.

And yet, specifications quickly lose their importance when you’re video-chatting with a friend in another city, or you’re capturing a photo or video that you otherwise might have missed. Specs will improve over time, but events happen now.

Shoot photos and video

Many apps take advantage of the cameras—if you haven’t already played with Photo Booth, definitely check it out for a lot of fun—but I’ll cover ...

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