Cameraphone technology has been evolving for awhile now, and it's not
uncommon to see a phone with an 8MP or 12MP camera now. In fact, there
are quite a few 8+MP options right now, and even more at 5MP. Not too
long ago, just having a 0.3MP or 1.3MP camera onboard was a luxury, but
now anything under 3MP seems "last year."
has been known to equip their phones with higher-resolution cameras in the past, and obviously more are on the way. Anssi
Vanjoki, an executive within the company, recently said that rapidly
evolving cameraphone technology will actually make SLR camera systems
obsolete. The exact quote was this: "They will in the very near future revolutionize the market
for system cameras. There will be no need to carry around those heavy lenses. It will not take long, less than a year, when phones can
record HD quality video and you can transfer it directly to your
HD television set."
We suspect that some of this was simply said for attention's sake. We
hardly believe that professional users (those who shoot weddings and
sporting events, for starters) will be switching out their high-end
DSLR cameras for high-end smartphones in the near future. Zoom lenses
have very real and important purposes, and you won't get that kind of
flexibility from a phone. Either way, it's an interesting take on
things, and we're hoping that Nokia spearheads the initiative to get
better quality sensors into cameras.