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Camera Phones Market Set To Reach 120 Million Units In 2008


Ever since camera phones hit the consuming public, the demand for features has not abated. From the camera lens resolution to storage capacity; from utility to connectivity; from color to shape; from email to music, consumers ask for every single feature they can think of, and often disdaining it once developed.

Take the cellular phone camera as an example. The models more popular today are only half-megapixel in resolution, producing rather grainy shots that are not good printed. Still, users commend the camera as the most often used photo-taking gadget.

In response to customers’ demand for printable and clearer photos, manufacturers are producing higher resolution phone cameras. In an article at Polytechnic Online. com, Dan Leyzberg said, “In the coming years, cell phone photography will develop into a more meaningful endeavor. We will see a dramatic shift from low-quality snapshot cameras to more sophisticated camera technologies aimed at individuals who want print-quality photos taken by their phones.”

He continued that, “In a few years, camera phones will offer comparable image resolution to current point-and-shoot digital cameras. In fact, Sony Ericsson’s latest model offers a 2-megapixel camera, one of the highest resolution camera phones available in the United States. Samsung has recently released an amazing 7-megapixel model, though only available in Asia.”

Mel Conway, product marketing manager at ADI, has said. “One of the major barriers to camera phones is auto focus. As the resolution of your camera phone is increasing, the clarity of the image is not increasing -- and it’s not increasing because most camera phones lack auto focus.”

Most phone cameras have fixed focus lens set to from a few feet to eternity, which means the cameras cannot take pictures of very near objects. An autofocus lens can adjust to the object’s distance much like the ordinary digital cameras today.

Additionally, the article stated that, "Overall, ADI estimates digital still cameras are going to reach 120 million units in 2008. ’If you add in all the other types of cameras, you’re talking about approximately 1 billion camera devices in 2008,’ the manager estimated. ’All of these or many of them will require lens drivers of some description.’ Find out more about camera cell phones at


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