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