Of Camera Phones and Dedicated Cameras

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How many of us remember the days of wacky cameras on phones – producing pictures that could get any camera enthusiast nauseated? Those were the good old days; right? Now, everything’s messed up! We have a new range of mobile phones that produce pictures to die for. The multimedia capabilities (pictures and videos) of our phones have evolved significantly and are still evolving.


The recent addition of HD quality video capture and an increasing number of video editing apps on smartphones is gradually killing the need for a dedicated device for most everyday video needs.

The large storage capacities, geolocation features and wi-fi connectivity, also gives smartphones an edge for video recording.


At the moment, Nokia’s N8 rules the cameraphone world with its 12 Megapixel camera with autofocus, large sensor and Xenon flash. That’s a cameraphone worthy of applause. It WOWs you with its results.

HTC has announced a 16 megapixel camera, but anyone who knows HTC knows that if there is something that the Taiwanese company is absolutely clueless about, it is multimedia (especially audio and cameras). No-one should hold their breath for HTC’s cameras.

When it comes to cameraphones, the guys who have it almost to a fine art are Nokia, Sony Ericson and Samsung.

Other excellent cameraphones include the Sony Ericsson Experia X10 and Xperia Arc, Sony Ericsson Satio, Samsung M8910 Pixon12 (whom the N8 took over from), and Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II. If you really want a stellar cameraphone, you should check these guys out.

So tell me, who really needs a camera (as a single device) besides professional cameramen?


So why pack your bag with a camcorder and an HD quality video phone or with your camera and your high-powered cameraphone? When you can walk into that event with just your phone and record/ capture the beautiful moments you want to see again and again.


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  1. this digital convergence thing-hmm.

    I wonder what else will be incorporated into a smartphone NEXT.

    Lets see-camera, radio / television, fm transmitter, video player compass, calculator, gyroscope, mp3 clock,…

    I suggest the incorporation of a stethoscope, car OBD, smoke detector, laser beam, voltmeter, altimeter, language translator and as many other gadgets as we can cram into this our ‘swiss-knife-gadget’- the smartphone.

    Out will then be a war of features, rather than a war of interface sleek fluidity, as we have it now…

    Nokia CURRENTLY has the phone with the best digital camera. Of I am LG, I would also incorporate one of those things I suggested and start a REAL phone features WAR!. That is the only way to stand out from the .mee too’ situation we currently have in the mobile guerrilla landscape…

  2. I guess the limit to what can be incorporated in smart phones hinges so much on advancement in battery technology and performance. Even now some of the features of our smart phones today cannot be enjoyed to the fullest because of the limitations of batteries.
    There’s going to be no limit to what we would be seeing in tomorrow’s smart phones if only battery performance is going to increase considerably.
    Back to topic, higher number of pixels on phones most times doesn’t always translate to better picture quality. For instance, a couple of my friends using Blackberry phones with 3.2MP were wowed by the picture quality of my LG P500 Android phone that boast same 3.2MP. And still, my old Sony Ericsson K750i feature phone with 2.0MP snaps by far better picture than the LG with 3.2MP, and that’s without the flash. Finally the picture quality of the LG is actually good.

  3. Question: “So tell me, who really needs a camera (as a single device) besides professional cameramen?”

    Answer: Me and a host of others out there who want control over shutter and aperture to get breathtaking pix under any situation. Those who want to be able to use filters on our lenses to correct exposures and create that extra special effects on camera before thinking of photoshop and other enhancements. And we aren’t professional photographers. We have our various professions but we need perfection in photography.

    Question: So why pack your bag with a camcorder and an HD quality video phone or with your camera and your high-powered cameraphone? When you can walk into that event with just your phone and record/ capture the beautiful moments you want to see again and again.

    Answer: Because you want control. You want to create your video and pictures of the event and not just point and shoot to capture.

    There is no doubting the fact that cameraphones have come of age and are getting us stunning pictures. one thing we must know is that by default, these phone cameras take the creativity from you. That is how they are designed. Its all about simplicity. Getting a good picture with minimum fuss. Just point and shoot in most cases. But what happens to that creativity in you? This is where you start seeing the shortcomings of these super toys and you start seeing the separating lines between the boys and the men (i.e. between the cameraphones and the Camcorders/DSLRs).

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