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With more powerful cellphone cameras, who needs stand-alone digital cameras?

Just today, Telecoms Korea reports that an eight megapixel cellphone camera will get here next year:Samsung Electro Mechanics (SEM) developed the world first CMOS camera module supporting up to 8-megapixel camera phones. The mass production will start in the first half of 2008.

Just today, Telecoms Korea reports that an eight megapixel cellphone camera will get here next year:

Samsung Electro Mechanics (SEM) developed the world first CMOS camera module supporting up to 8-megapixel camera phones. The mass production will start in the first half of 2008. The mobile handset equipped with the 8-megapixel module will support maximum 3,264×2,444 pixels and 27.64 X 20.73 centimeters for high-resolution printing, according to the company.

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And then I noted Nokia's formal announcement today of the much-anticipated N82. This device has a 5 megapixel camera, Xenon flash and Carl Zeiss optics. That's the N82 to the left of this post.

It is a fair bet that these products are close to, or even exceed, the highest megapixel settings possible on your digital camera.

You might say that even cheapo digital cameras offer a greater amount of settings and controls than the new generation of high-res cellphone cameras do. But I am convinced that most users of these cameras don't fiddle with these choices much.

I know that some of you are Digital SLR camera owners. But with these users excepted, my point is:

Hey, you will be carrying a cellphone around anyway. When mobile phones commonly include cameras up to eight megapixels or even higher, why would any non-serious digital photographer schlep around a stand-alone digital camera as well?

What do you think?

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