Imaging Industry Roundtable
Almeida: Interestingly, Fujifilm is one of the largest suppliers of camera lenses to the upper range of the mobile phone market, but there are capabilities and applications we need to add to make these phones more camera-like.
Currently digital cameras are at around 16 megapixels. We are getting to a stage where more megapixels have diminished return. However, there are other features that interest consumers: improved image stability, improved zooms, long zoom and wide angle. We'll probably see GPS and Wi-Fi. It's about accessibility, ease of use and flexibility all in a small package.
Araujo: I think a convergence of technologies will definitely occur. I can see a reversal in priorities from a smartphone or iPhone to a device with more features of a digital camera for better-quality images that also have a phone and Internet connection. Images and videos are becoming more important, yet people still want to be connected—they want to be able to text, talk, see e-mail and send images.