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Tablets with cool camera features (pictures)

The caliber of tablet cameras is still catching up to smartphones, but these select slates offer a little something extra to make up for the photo quality.

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Xiomara Blanco is an associate editor for CNET Reviews. She's a Bay Area native with a knack for tech that makes life easier and more enjoyable. So, don't expect her to review printers anytime soon.
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Sony Xperia Z2

The Sony Xperia Z2 features an augmented-reality mode, which overlays fantastic imagery on whatever scene you have your camera pointed at.

You can download a few different ones through the Google Play store, likes ones with dinosaurs or magical elves running around, but my favorite is the one that turned my boring workspace into a disco dance-off.

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Asus Memo Pad 8 & Transformer Pad TF103C

Animated GIF lovers, rejoice! No, we haven't come to a conclusion on how to pronounce it (I personally go both ways), but let's revel in the existence of tablets that come preloaded with animated GIF-making goodness.

Creating your own animated GIFs is easier than ever on the Asus Memo Pad 8 and Transformer Pad TF103C (the Memo Pad is only available in the US, but the Transformer is available internationally). You can find the feature in the native camera app and it's as simple as hitting the record button and letting the high jinks in front of you naturally unravel.

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LG G Pads

The 7- and 10-inch LG G Pads are simple budget tablets, but their cool design and voice activated camera shutter might help impress your friends way beyond their affordable prices suggest.

You can choose to take a photo using the rear or front-facing camera by saying "LG," "cheese," "kimchee," or "whiskey." It, surprisingly, works well consistently and makes the grainy photo quality a bit more bearable.

Both slates are available in the US, but only the 10.1 is for sale in Australia. In the UK, LG has announced plans to release the 10.1, but no pricing or release date.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S

Though you can download a variety of camera apps, it's rare that a native camera offers its own variety of scene modes to additionally download.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab S slates allow you to download more scene modes, however it's currently slim pickings. Samsung is eyeing the top of the tablet charts with the powerful, pixel-packed Tab S series, so only time will tell if it'll keep up with this new development.

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Google Nexus 7 and 10

Google is due to update its Nexus 7 and 10 tablets soon, but the pair still offer the rare treat of taking 360-degree photos with your slate.

Using the photosphere function, you can map out an entire scene by simply following the friendly onscreen instructions. If executed well, they can come out pretty darn cool, but sharing them is a bit difficult; the large photos are best displayed on the tablets themselves or on your Google+ profile.

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