iPad 2 vs The new iPad Video Capture Comparison

One of the reasons that I had to get my hands on The new iPad was for a time-lapse movie project I'm working on. Yesterday, while at the TWiT Brick House shooting some test video, I decided to record sequences with both the iPad 2 and The new iPad to see how much difference there really was.

The New iPad Screen Screen capture from recorded video using the iSight camera on The new iPad. Click on image for full resolution version.

iPad 2 Screen Capture Screen capture from recorded video using the built-in camera for the iPad 2. Click on image for full resolution version.

I mounted each tablet to a sturdy tripod using the Makayama Movie Mount and recorded existing-light sequences. I then made a screen grab from each movie and posted them here without any editing.

Between the improved camera and denser screen resolution of The new iPad, you can see a noticeable difference in detail between the two images. Here are the camera specs for the two iPads, with the iPad 2 specs on the right.


So in low-light situations where you need to milk as much quality as possible out of the video capture, there is definitely a difference between the iPad 2 and The new iPad. Is it worth the upgrade price? That depends on the projects you have at hand.

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Hi Derrick,

Now that Movie Mount looks pretty cool. Just watched the video on their Website. It is not that costly. I bet doing video with the new iPad really looks great with a finished video?

Also just watched you on Twit Photo that was recorded yesterday. Good show and Sarah did great filling in as the host. Frederick was also interesting listening to.


Thanks Stu. Yeah, I was on TWiT mainly to support Frederick. We bounce well off one another, and he thought that would be good for his first TWiT experience. I watched it today, and thought it all turned out OK :)

The difference is pretty stunning seen side by side. they should set them up that way in the Apple store. I thought it was hard to see the improvement at a glance.

How well does the new 3rd gen. iPad fit in a Movie Mount? Do all the accessory connections line up?