The Perfect Photo Op?
When camera phones were first introduced, they elicited tremendous consumer interest. To some, this was suprising because prior to that, the U.S. market tended to respond tepidly to extra features in phones. Camera phones changed that.
But which route this category will take on the road to success depends on who you ask. The Henry Ford's of imaging see the camera phone as a predecessor to all-in-one devices, transforming communications in the same way the automobile revolutionized travel. Traditionalists argue that little good can come from low-res imaging, especially when you compare humble VGA camera phones with the more sophisticated and popular digital cameras.
But with the introduction of camera phones starting at one megapixel, the stakes have changed. Not only can users now snap and send pictures, but they can output them onto photo paper, as well. However, they also require greater storage capacity on phones that strive to be smaller and more compact. One megapixel phones hardly compete with full-fledged digital cameras, but according, to the Consumer Electronics Association, two megapixel camera phones are expected to be introduced in 2005 and could raise the stakes even further.