Everything you want to know about cell phone cameras


World Photography Day: Every year on August 19, many international forums recognize the contributions of photographers and camera pioneers in creating a better understanding of the world through their photographic skills.

This year’s theme for World Photography Day is: “Pandemic Containment Through the Lens”.

The world’s first public photograph The “Daguerreotype” process camera was introduced to the world in 1839. It was developed by two Frenchmen named Louis Daguerre and Joseph Nicéphore Niepce.

In the same year, the then French government acquired the patent for the invention and offered it to the world. Since then, this day has been commemorated as World Photography Day.

Over the years, we’ve seen many visually powerful themes captured on innovative cameras added by cutting-edge devices and accessories. These photos taken by both professionals and amateurs, but accomplished photographers are now part of our collective heritage.

Photographs are scientifically proven to be superior to words or text, and it is the human tendency to remember an image longer that gives photographs an advantage over a written word.

While for a writer the quality of the pen doesn’t matter much, for a photographer the camera they use can make or break their career. Therefore, it is in the order of things to choose a camera that is best suited for the purpose you want to buy it for.

As traditional cameras become more and more expensive, smartphone cameras have become an alternative choice for professionals and amateurs alike.

Gone are the days of large digital cameras with a variety of supporting accessories. Next-generation smartphone cameras are more productive and capable than many digital and DSLR cameras.

Smartphone cameras are quickly taking over from low-end digital cameras. Recently, Panasonic and Nikon had to stop producing compact digital cameras due to low demand, and this is just the beginning…

Galaxy S22 Ultra

Over the years, we have witnessed mind-boggling advancements in smartphone camera technology.

From Samsung’s camera-changing aperture feature in the Galaxy S9 to the S22 Ultra 100x Moon Zoom and 108MP camera sensor, from Xiaomi’s 1-inch Sony sensor in its ultra 12s phone to Apple’s Cinematic Mode i-Phone 13 for videography, the quality of camera sensors has been improved a lot.

However, technological advancements in smartphone cameras did not happen overnight. Years of hardware and software knowledge have shaped and refined the quality of the cameras we use in our smartphones today.

Smartphone Camera History

It all started in 1997, when the American engineer Philippe Kahn had the idea of ​​installing a compact camera module in his Motorola mobile phone, this idea the idea came from a necessity to immortalize and share the birth of his daughter.

First photo taken from Philippe Kahn's mobile phone
First photo taken from Philippe Kahn’s mobile phone

Philippe’s idea of ​​merging these two technologies has become an engineering marvel that has changed the way we now share and consume visual information from our cell phone cameras.

Keeping this innovation in mind, many smartphone companies have jumped into the race to emulate the technology. This was later considered the cornerstone of today’s high resolution camera used in smartphones.

Sharp J-SH04

In 2000, a Japanese mobile phone company named Sharp released the first legitimate camera phone, the Sharp J-SH04.

J-SH04 (Wikipedia)

Although it’s just a lower quality 0.11 megapixel VGA camera built into the back of the device, it has allowed other companies to make improvements by taking small measurements from this device.

Nokia N90

Then came the year 2005, when Nokia introduced its N-series range. It was the Nokia N90 that made the series a huge global hit.

Nokia N90

The Nokia N90 had a 2 MP camera with autofocus, but what set it apart from competing phones of that era was its camcorder-like feature, it had a 90-degree rotating screen and a 270-degree rotating camera with Carl Zeiss flash and lens. Nokia N90 has made videography from a mobile phone more fun and premium.

Nokia N95

A year later, in 2006, Nokia came up with N95, the successor to N90, the slide bar phone took the photography game to a whole new experience and it is considered to be the first 5MP camera used in a phone. .

Nokia N95 (GSM ARENA)

It offered 5MP main camera with Carl Zeiss optics and autofocus, and a front VGA that made video calling possible. To store premium media, it offered the option of expandable storage with an external SD card slot.

Zoom Galaxy S4

In 2013, the current world leader in smartphones, Samsung launched its flagship Galaxy S4 Zoom, with a 16MP sensor and 10x optical zoom.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (GSM ARENA)

with this design, Samsung has packed all the digital camera-like functionality into an Android-powered smartphone. Long before the arrival of wide-angle lenses, this smartphone offered Panorama, HDR and PRO modes in a phone.

HTC One M8

A year later, HTC launched the HTC One M8 which used dual sensors in the cameras. Dual 4MP wide and 4MP deep sensors used to detect depth in photographs to give bokeh background effect and 3D images.


Later, many smartphone manufacturers used dual sensors for the bokeh effect, but the credits will always go to HTC for pioneering this hardware and software feature.

iPhone 7Plus

Apple in 2016 launched the high-end device the iPhone 7 Plus, whose camera turned out to be the game-changer for people who loved taking portrait photos.

iPhone 7 Plus (GSM ARENA)

The clarity and depth of field created in every Portrait image has become unmatched by other smartphone brands. The iPhone 7 Plus used a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens to determine the space between the subject and the background.

Advancements in mobile phone cameras have proven to be a golden egg for smartphone makers. As long as consumers are willing to swallow any new plug, mobile phone companies can have a blast.


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