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iPad mini 3: Camera

The iPad mini 3’s camera is solid. It

remains 5-megapixel like its predecessor, and the test shots we took were

almost identical – unsurprising considering they use the exact same

sensor.
iPad mini 3 vs iPad mini 2 9
What

we did find in our comparison between the iPad mini 3 camera and the

iPad Air 2’s is that the former provides slightly better colour

in well-lit conditions. The sunny London skyline is brighter and the

palette more vivid in the photos taken on the iPad mini.
iPad mini 3 test shot
The

colours on the iPad mini 3 (middle) are better than on the Air 2 (left). The

pictures are almost identical between it and the mini 2 (right)

In

lower light the iPad Air 2 performs slightly better, although the iPad

mini 3 still does a decent job. Pictures are a little noisier and

colours a little washed out, but it’s still better than most tablets

we’ve tested.
iPad mini 3 vs iPad Air 2 picture
Aside

from some detail and low-light performance, the main feature you miss

out on with the iPad mini 3 is slo-mo video. On the iPad Air 2 this

provides excellent 1080p video at 120fps, leading to some

slick-looking action videos.

The iPad mini 3 still has one of

the best cameras you can get on an 8-inch tablet – although we’ve not yet tested

the Nexus 9. It’s just a shame that it’s not any better than its

predecessor. Considering the emphasis Apple put on the camera of the

iPad Air 2 when it was announced, it seems odd that the same care wasn’t

taken over the iPad mini 3’s. In fact, the

improvements to the camera of the iPad Air 2 would be of even more

benefit on a smaller, more manageable tablet.  

There’s a

1.2-megapixel front-facing camera that deals with FaceTime and Skype

calling. That’s not a very high resolution, but it does a decent enough

job with video calling. It doesn’t perform as well in low light as the

new front camera on the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, but most people will be happy

with it.