The Growth of the Cameras on our Mobile Phones

By: Gary Parsons

Would you be surprised if I told you that it's becoming increasingly difficult to find a mobile phone without even the smallest camera inside it? You'd be right not to be surprised. The growth of camera phones in the last few years has increased dramatically; with many of us ditching our digital cameras and beginning to use our mobile phones in their place as they are just as (if not more) powerful.

According to Strategy Analytics Ltd; sales of camera phones increased from around 3 million to a massive 500 million units in 2006, meaning more people than ever are using their phones to take pictures.

One of the first camera phones to enter the market was the Sharp J-SH04. The phone boasted a (pitiful by today's standards) 0.11-megapixel camera using the older CMOS technology. Widely known for its growing knowledge of the technology market, Sharp was set to see its handset take its first step into the big world of mobile photography as we know it today.

Now it's more than common to see mobile phones on sale which have a 2 or 3-megapixel cameras built into them, some with two camera lenses to take pictures and use their phone for video calls. Like any range of products in the world of technology, manufacturers are always striving to bring out their next model which beats its predecessor... with this in mind we are seeing many manufacturers such as Nokia and now Sony Ericsson releasing 5-megapixel lenses.

As mentioned briefly above; one of the biggest threats to the digital camera industry is that of camera mobile phones and it's easy to see why. Many of these phones don't simply just take snap shot pictures but now boast many standard features such as xenon flashes, macro features for close-up pictures and the much needed auto focus. With all these features being added to our mobile phones, it's no wonder that were all making the switch to this ever-growing technology.

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