Sunday, June 3, 2012
Marine iPad - Camera and Video Accessories
This week I wanted to cover a few other features and accessories of this great device. The iPad is not only a great computer, GPS and entertainment device, but it is also able to take great pictures and video. So throw away your camera and use your iPad for all your video and picture taking needs.
The iPad 2 and the New iPad(3) have both front and back facing camera. The camera on the back of the iPad 2 has a resolution of 720p with 30 video. Still images can be captured at a resolution of 1280X720. Still image resolution on the iPad 2 is not that great. The camera facing the user is just VGA with 30 frames per second with a resolution of 640X480.
If you have an iPhone 4S it has an 8 megapixel iSight camera which will take 1080p video at 30 frames per second. It also has a 5X digital zoom. Image resolution is a respectable 3264X2448.
The New iPad(3) also has the much better iSight camera. It has a 5 mega pixel camera which will shoot photos at 2048X1536 with 3.1 million pixels. Video is shot at 1080p with video stabilization included. The device can also tag your photos and videos with locational information.
Any of these devices can shoot great photos and video to document your trip.
To edit your still images pickup one of the many free image editing apps such as Instagram or Adobe Photo Express.
If you have an iPad or iPhone you have to own an Apple TV. You can pick one up for just $99.00. This little box can stream pictures, music and video from your iPhone, iPad or from iTunes on your computer to your large screen TV or stero system. It connects with a network cable or wirelessly to your on board network.
Wirelessly stream music on your iPhone or iPad to your boats on board entertainment system. Control playlist song selection and volume right from your iPhone or iPad. Simply connect your iPhone or iPad and Apple TV to the same wireless network. The Apple TV will have to be connected to your on board TV or stereo system. On your iPhone or iPad music player select an album or playlist. On the bottom of the screen you will see the Airplay icontap this to select Apple TV to stream your music to you on board entertainment system. Let to party start!
It will even stream live video from the iPad or iPhone camera. So you can use it for a variety of your monitoring needs.
One of the coolest things about Apple TV is a feature called Airplay mirroring. This allows you to stream whatever you have on the screen of your iPad or iPhone to your TV in 1080p video resolution.
You can have your favorite marine charting app running on your iPad at the helm and display it simultaneously on your big screen TV down below over your boats wifi network.
1. To enable mirroring you need to connect your iPad and Apple TV to the same wifi network.
2. Double tap your home button to display your recently used apps.
If you still want to use your old digital camera there are a couple of ways to transfer your pictures and video onto your iPad. The easiest way I have found to get them transferred is with the Apple Camera Connection kit. It will cost you just $29.00.
The kit comes with two adapters that plug into the 30 pin connector of the iPad. The first one has a USB connection that will allow you to directly connect to the USB cable of your digital camera. You can then select which pictures to download to your iPad. This USB connector will also allow you to connect your iPhone to your iPad and allow pictures and video to be transferred from one device to the other. How cool is that?
The second adapter has an SD card slot. You can take the SD card out of your camera or video camera and download pictures and video to your iPad directly from the card. Mico SD cards can also be used with a full size adapter.
On a recent vacation to Tortola in the BVIs, I took video with my Contour 1080P video camera and downloaded the video each night to my iPad for editing.
Posted by Mark Messerli at 9:54 AM