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The Future of Cell Phone Cameras

Techstination feature for Friday, November 21, 2003

The future of cell phone cameras. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. They've generated some controversy about privacy and so far... the quality can hardly replace a regular digital or film camera. But in the months to come... cell phone makers are poised to become leaders in digital photography. Nokia's senior vice president for business development, Paul Chellgren...

"We really believe that adding connectivity to the imaging industry, even the professional industry, is a value add that will be a core part of the imaging industry in the future. We're going to have many products that will be phones that have cameras, but we're also going to be bringing a lot of cameras that have phones."

Some professional photographers are predicting the real competition for companies like Olympus, Nikon and other camera makers... .will come from cell phone makers in the near future. Some could have multi-megapixel cell phone/cameras on the market within the next year...

"I think one of the biggest things will be, the magic sauce from a Nokia perspective, is it's one thing to be able to take pictures... it's another to be able to be easily shared. And so the integration of the imaging applications in the UI of the product that makes it easy to use is something that we're really focusing our own efforts on."

Snap a great family or vacation photo... and send it instantly to friends and relatives... .or to a Web site. Nokia is partnering with Kodak... for that. And Kodak is equipping digital picture kiosks to receive images from cell phones... through wireless Bluetooth or infrared connections. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.