Nokia had a large stand at the Focus on Imaging show this year showing several of their digital camera phones. They had several 6×4″ photo printers and were demonstrating the photo quality of the digital cameras built into their mobile phones. Their main point was that [their] digital cameras in mobile phones are now providing image quality that is good enough for 6×4″ snapshot prints. This may mean that for your average Jo, they may be happy using their mobile phone camera instead of purchasing a budget digital camera, especially if they are taking snapshot photos that will never be printed larger than 6×4″.
One vistor to the Focus on Imaging show suggested that all current digital camera manufacturers will one day be manufacturing digital camera mobile phones. If all mobile phones included a 3 megapixel digital camera, like the recently announced Sony Cybershot K800, then traditional digital camera manufacturers might have to enter the digital camera mobile phone market in order to remain competitive?
On the left, three of Nokia’s mobile phones, the Nokia N91, featuring a 2 megapixel digital camera, and 4Gb of storage, the Nokia N70, featuring a 2 megapixel camera, and the Nokia N90 (above and right), featuring a 2 megapixel digital camera, a swivel Carl Zeiss autofocus lens, and swivel 2.1″ screen. Click any of the images to view a larger version.