Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Smart Camera Phones Coming...

Telecoms Korea has a great article on the cameraphone war in Korea. The handset industry's attention is focused there on the result of 5-Megapixel war between Samsung and LG.

LG Electronics plans to corner Samsung by providing its 5-megapixel phone (550 Series) to 3 mobile operators, SK Telecom, KTF and LG Telecom from June. LG says they have a more creative design and improved camera functionality. The 550 Series camera equipped with auto-focus, self-shot and VGA (640X480)-level video capability. Strobe flash and half-click shutter are also available. It is enabled with 4cm macro mode and uses the mini SD format as flash memory.

Meanwhile, Samsung Electronics which released the world first 5-Megapixel phone last year is to launch SPH-V7800 upgraded from the 2004 version, also in June.
Samsung's new 5-Megapixel offering is equipped with 3x optical zoom and 4x digital zoom. MP3 player, dual speaker and a TV-out function is also available. The new gadget supports MMC-micro memory flashcards.....another standard! They also have announced plans for 6 and 7 Megapixel cameras.

No word on what sort of lens these camera have. I am using the Sony Cybershot 7.1 Megapixel camera with excellent results (though at 3 MB per photo you need a 512 MB flashcard inside the camera). I have been disappointed with Sony Ericsson's replacements for the P800 phone....basically not much change except they have made the device thinner. The phone software is still not quite there (nearly but no cigar) and I don't see them developing much more for that series of phones.

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