In Pictures: Holiday 2012 tablet buying guide - top picks

The tablet market is awash with iOS, Android and Windows 8 models that come in different sizes and with different features, specs and prices. How do you decide? Start with our Holiday 2012 Tablet Buying Guide, which highlights the top picks in 13 categories.

Best Cameras: Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF7000

Device-makers normally save their best cameras for smartphones, assuming (rightly so) that most people rarely use a tablet's rear-facing camera for pictures or video recording. To buck that trend, look no further than the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF7000. The Android tablet has a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera with a flash; one CNET review says it's "the best rear camera on an Android tablet."

Apple's fourth-generation iPad, by comparison, has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera without flash. Front-facing tablet cameras are probably used more often but are typically lower quality—you'd think tablet makers would reverse the two. Among front-facing tablet cameras, the Asus tablet takes 2-megapixel pictures, more than most other tablets.

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