Camera phones to break the 6 megapixel barrier
By Gizmag Team
November 27, 2004
November 28, 2004 Camera phone is showing no signs of slowing down with an LG Electronics' spokesman confirming to Telecoms Korea that "LG is considering the development of 6 or 7 megapixel camera phone with Japanese companies including Canon."
The acceleration of camera imaging in smart phones has rapidly outpaced digital cameras. While it has taken almost six years to achieve a 6 megapixel digital camera, the 5 megapixel barrier was breached on phones in Oct 2004 by the Samsung SCH-S250. LG expect the 6 to 7 megapixel camera phone to launch in the first half of 2005.
While the resolution of these hi-megapixel camera phones will be comparable to pocket sized or SLR style digital, the overall features and image quality will most likely not stack-up due to size and memory requirements. Indeed, professional quality 7 megapixel resolution could see rapid consumer take up of camera phones and the subsequent deflation of the digital camera market.
Telecoms Korea also reports that the sale of 3-megapixel phones have gone up to 41,900 units in Korea between August to October, 2004.