iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 tipped to include 8-megapixel rear-cameras, release this year

Several media reports have tipped a new iPad and iPad mini for release in October. To be added to your unconfirmed file, the latest rumour should light up some excitement for those who enjoy taking photos with their tablet. Some are mocked for this act. Be warned.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple has plans to upgrade both the iPad 5 and iPad mini 2 with a significantly improved camera. We usually stay away from analyst reports at Pocket-lint, but Ming-Chi Kuo has a relatively solid track record with Apple. Specifically, the new iPads will include 8-megapixel cameras. This rise in quality would bring vast improvements over the current iPad and iPad mini's 5-megapixel-rear camera with an f/2.4 aperture. 

It's not named specifically, but what makes most sense for the camera on the new iPad line would be what is found on the just announced iPhone 5S. The new smartphone includes an 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture lens to allow in more light. According to Apple's numbers, the new sensor is 15 per cent larger and can let in 33 per cent more light. As we noted in our review, the iPhone 5S is especially good under low-light conditions. 

The iPad line has never been up to snuff with the iPhone line. Some might ask why it should be. At any rate, one of the main differences is the iPad doesn't include flash - making low-light photos a bit more difficult than on an iPhone. Ming-Chi Kuo was unable to say if Apple will include some of the same camera features found on the iPhone 5S, like slow-motion video, though it seems likely.

Apple should answer all of our questions before the end of the year. Several have reported Apple has plans for an October media event, and the fifth-generation iPad and iPad mini 2 are expected to debut at the event. As we've noted in our October event round up, the iPad could have a slimmer design, while the iPad mini is said to have a Retina display. Now add an upgraded camera to that list.