Best iPad for video meetings – ALL iPad camera specs LIST Video Conferencing & Photography

Last updated: April 28th, 2020

The iPad was first introduced in 2010 without a camera. Since then, the capabilities and models of the iPad family have steadily expanded.

In this time of physical/social distancing and teleconferencing via a myriad of apps (Zoom, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Facetime, etc.), camera quality has become even more important. Unfortunately, it can be hard to keep track of the camera changes over the iPad line after so many years.

Therefore, I compiled a handy a table to help visualize the capability of each iPad camera setup:

 ModelYear Front CameraRear/Back Camera
Original iPad2010NoneNone
iPad 22011VGA0.7 MP, 720p video
iPad 3rd Gen2012VGA5 MP, 1080p video
iPad 4th Gen20121.2 MP, 720p video5 MP, 1080p video
iPad 5th Gen20171.2 MP, 720p video 8 MP, 1080p video
iPad 6th Gen20181.2 MP, 720p video 8 MP, 1080p video
iPad 7th Gen2019 1.2 MP, 720p video 8 MP, 1080p video
iPad Pro 12.9″ (1st Gen)20151.2 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 720p video 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 1080p video (30fps)
iPad Pro 9.7″ (1st Gen) 20165 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 720p video 12 MP, ƒ/2.2 aperture 4k video (30fps)
iPad Pro 12.9″ and 10.5″ (2nd Gen)20177 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p video12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording (30 fps)
iPad Pro 12.9″ and 11″ (3rd Gen)2018 7 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p video 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture, 4K video recording (30 fps or 60fps)
iPad Pro 12.9″ and 11″ (4th Gen) 2020 7 MP ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1080p video Wide: 12 MP, ƒ/1.8 aperture
Ultra Wide: 10 MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture, 125˚ field of view
iPad Mini (1st Gen)20121.2 MP, 720p video5 MP photos, 1080p video
iPad Mini 220131.2 MP, 720p video 5 MP photos, 1080p video
iPad Mini 320141.2 MP, 720p video 5 MP photos, 1080p video
iPad Mini 4 20151.2 MP, 720p video 8 MP photos, 1080p video
iPad Mini 520197 MP still, 1080p video 8 MP photos, 1080p video
iPad Air20131.2 MP, ƒ/2.2 still, 720p video 5 MP, ƒ/2.4 still, 1080p 30fps video
iPad Air 220141.2 MP, ƒ/2.2 still, 720p video 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 still,
1080p HD 30fps video
iPad Air (2019)20197 MP, ƒ/2.2 still, 1080p video 8 MP, ƒ/2.4 still,
1080p 30fp video

*Bold indicates the top of the line camera setup for each model range. Regular iPad excluded as the camera setup has been stagnant for 3 years.

Therefore, if you want the absolute best camera/webcam quality, I recommend either the iPad Pro 4th Gen, iPad Mini 5, or iPad Air 2019. 🙂 For videoconferencing, I would ship the “traditional” iPad as it is still stuck making do with a 1.2 MP front camera! 🙁

I hope this helps! Best of luck to you and happy videoconferencing!

Best regards,
-J.D.

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Original title: List of iPad camera specs for Video Conferencing and Photography

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