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Apple New iPad

Saturday December 01 2012

Mobile Overview
DxOMark Mobile
59

Overview

Sleek. Sexy. Stunning. These are just a few of the thousands of adjectives showered upon Apple’s new iPad 3 by journalists, critics, and consumers. But these aren’t necessarily the adjectives you’d use to describe the device’s image and video quality.

For starters, the Apple tablet doesn’t include a flash, making it a real show stopper in dark conditions. The mobile further struggles in low lighting with strong noise, and a number of color defects like color shading and color casting. Additionally, its autofocus can be stubbornly unreliable and works best using trigger mode. The New iPad’s video also struggled, especially for its stabilization, where it produced obvious jello effects; and in low lighting, its stabilization seemed to disappear completely.

However, the New iPad had a number of strengths, including its ability to produce nicely colored and well balanced photos in outdoor conditions. It also had nice detail preservation in strong indoor and outdoor lighting. The device was also aided by its good video exposure and color quality.

Photo

DxOMark Mobile Photo
58
Exposure and contrast
80
Color
73
Autofocus
46
Texture
49
Noise
60
Artifacts
82
Flash
NA

Pros

  • Colors are vivid and pleasant.
  • Well balanced photos in the outdoors.
  • Details are preserved in good lighting.

Cons

  • Noise becomes too high in low light.
  • Autofocus is not reliable. Trigger mode is more consistent.
  • No flash!
  • Visible color shading on uniform backgrounds.
  • Unflattering luminance noise in low light.
  • Slight color casts are noticeable under low light tungsten illuminants.

Video

DxOMark Mobile Video
62
Exposure and contrast
80
Color
82
Autofocus
50
Texture
53
Noise
44
Artifacts
81
Stabilization
28

Pros

  • Contrary to its still image autofocus, its video AF was accurate, even in low lighting.
  • Vivid color production with no color shading.
  • Video stabilization works in the outdoors.

Cons

  • Unacceptable jello effect.
  • Strong noise in low light and in dark areas with an unpleasant chrominance component.
  • Stabilization is ineffective indoors.