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camera phone

A cellphone with a built-in camera. The first cellphones with cameras were reportedly in Japan in 2000. Camera phones appeared in the U.S. a couple years later.

Today, most cellphones and all smartphones have still and video camera capability. Hundreds of billions of photos are taken every year with camera phones, because everyone has a phone handy nearly all the time. In addition, camera quality has become so good that, except for the professional photographer or serious amateur, the average family no longer uses a dedicated camera. Although the test of camera quality has always been printing large photos, even 8x10" prints from many camera phones are extremely good. See smartphone, point-and-shoot camera and DSLR.

The Camera Phone Has Changed the World
Having a camera handy at all times means that any event can be captured on the spur of the moment. Riots, protests and other upheavals from around the world have been documented by videos and sometimes become the only evidence later on. On a less ominous note, the camera phone has become a useful note taker by making it easy to capture a sign in a store, a label on a bottle and a serial number on a device for later reference. The cellphone camera and all the other functions in today's smartphones have changed society in countless ways.
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SozoTek, a company that provides image-quality advancement technologies for the wireless and mobile imaging industries, currently has two cameraphone image enhancement processes being evaluated by manufacturers, according to Ralph Germer, vice president of operations.
While printing may not be a main application for cameraphone users at this point, companies are making it easier for consumers to get images off their phones to share with others in many ways.
Some segments include cameraphones, which Dittmer does not believe form part of the photo market.
"You take a picture on your cameraphone, and instantly that picture shows up on all your PCs and on the Web.
FotoNation Face Tracker also takes into account any processing speed limitations within the cameraphone. The Face Tracker technology is highly optimized, allowing sufficient processing power for the cameraphone to run its own algorithms while faces are being detected, continuously maximizing the available resources.
In January 2006, PMA conducted a consumer survey of households in Brazil to measure digital camera ownership and usage, printing from digital images, cameraphone adoption and activities, and film processing rates for 2005.
Following are the winners in each category of the first annual PMA Cameraphone Shoot-Out at CTIA Wireless 2006:
Picture quality depends on the cameraphone, but even a VGA camera produced acceptable shots - the latest 1.3 megapixel phones will be better.
Based on the differences between the single-use camera and cameraphone households, it does not appear cameraphones are likely to infiltrate the "hard-core" single-use camera users.
THE compact O2 X1i cameraphone looks far more expensive than it is, and offers MMS messaging.
In 2003, the company developed Pictavision, which allows consumers to integrate cameraphone images into their online photo sharing.
We are encouraged by what we see so far, and the cameraphone as a device can go several steps beyond where we are now.