The first mobile phone marked a major milestone in human communication history around the world. However, another leap in the mobile phone manufacturing sector is equally important and made 20 years ago. In May 1999, the Kyocera VP-210 phone was released in Japan. This is the first phone with an integrated camera, sold to the general public.
Of course, the idea of integrating a camera with a mobile phone has appeared before. However, those unreleased product models are not really called camera-integrated phones.
In 1993, Daniel A. Henderson created two prototypes of a device called Intellect, a wireless imaging technology. It is a mobile product designed to receive and display photos and videos from a message service center. These two prototypes are still being preserved at the American National Museum of History, belonging to the Smithsonian Research Institute.
The idea of an Apple camera phone in 1995.
A few years later, in 1995, Macworld magazine had an article simulating the idea of what Apple could create. It's a phone design that never appeared before, combining a digital device with personal support (PDA) with video camera and monitor.
In 1997, the phone with the first active camera appeared. It was invented by Philippe Kahn, founder of companies like Borland International and Starfish Software. At this time, his wife was about to give birth to her first child and Kahn wanted to quickly take pictures and share them with relatives and friends immediately. In his hand, there was a Casio QV-10 digital camera with an LCD screen, a Motorola StarTAC flip phone and a laptop. While waiting for his wife to give birth, Kahn built hardware and wrote software to connect the camera and phone via a laptop.
He managed to complete this combo before his wife gave birth. As a result, the image was taken from the first mobile phone camera shared, which is also a picture of Kahn's daughter Sophie. This photo was quickly shared to more than 2,000 people.
The first photo in the world was taken with the phone camera.
However, it was not until Kyocera VP-210 was released that it was officially the phone with the integrated camera sold to the public in the world first. This device has a 0.11 MP camera and can capture up to 20 images before its onboard memory is full. It even has its own built-in stand for users to take photos. The price of this phone in Japan was then 40,000 yen (about 325 USD).
Kyocera VP-210 phone
It took another year before the next camera phone came out. In June 2000, Samsung launched the SCH-V200 in Korea. It can take up to 20 photos at 0.35MP resolution and you can see them on a 1.5-inch LCD screen. However, users cannot use the phone to send photos directly to others, instead connecting the camera part of the phone to the computer, transferring the images to a computer and doing so. Currently, the SCH-V300 is still available for sale on eBay for about $ 600. In a recent infographic, Samsung claims that the SCH-V200 is the first phone with an integrated camera. But with the above information, it is clear that the information given by this manufacturer is incorrect.
In November 2000, Sharp J-SH04, known as Sharp J-Phone, was sold in Japan. The phone's hardware and camera have been really integrated together, unlike Samsung's devices. This integration allows users to send 0.11MP resolution pictures, taken with the camera on the device, to other devices via email. One of the companies that helped Sharp achieve this achievement is LightSurf, whose founder is Philippe Kahn.
It took a long time then for camera-integrated phone trends to appear in the US. In November 2002, more than two years after the Samsung SCH-V200 launched in Korea, the Sanyo SCP-5300 (also known as Sanyo Katana) was sold in the US via Sprint operator. It costs about 400 USD, with clamshell design and 0.3MP resolution camera. Time magazine once put the phone on the list of the most influential devices in the world.
When the camera began to appear as a default feature on mobile phones, it also marked a change of time, by its influence with the existence of digital cameras. In 2003, phone sales with cameras sold were higher than standalone digital cameras. In 2006, the phone was able to capture images that surpassed sales of both digital cameras and film cameras.
Today, smartphones have a lot of features, things that haven't even been thought of in the last 20 years. The number of rear camera phones is also increasing, along with large image sensors. They are also supported by a lot of software to quickly edit images and videos, add special effects and even know how to make users' photos look better. And yet, cameras on smartphones can also help us shop, translate text and even play virtual reality games like Pokemon Go.
Nokia 9 Pure View with 5 rear cameras.
In the next 20 years, the camera on the phone will definitely continue to change along with the strong development trend of the smartphone era. Of course, it does not exclude the case that it can also disappear and be completely replaced by a new and more unique new hardware.
Refer Android Authority