How the mobile phone has dethroned the camera in twenty years

Posted on July 09, 2020 at 12:26 a.m.- Updated on July 09, 2020 at 7:00 a.m.

Mobile photography has replaced traditional devices in current uses and imposed new practices, looking back on two decades of upheaval.

It is not easy to explain to today's teenagers what photography was twenty years ago.Amateurs mostly used film cameras, sometimes disposable, pressed the shutter button sparingly because each image cost, changed the film every 36 photos, and after having waited a long time, would see the result in store, on paper.

The year 2000 is a time of change.This patient way of capturing the world is living its last moments of supremacy.Digital cameras cease to be despised by many professionals and soon amateurs.Their sales explode when those of film cameras collapse.

Evolution of camera sales

Another photographic mutation is taking place more discreetly: the first two photo-sensor mobiles were marketed in 2000 in South Korea and Japan: the Samsung SCH-V200 phones and the Sharp J-SH04, whose rich descendants will revolutionize the uses of the But for now, their birth captivates only a small audience.The coarse images of these mobiles (0.1 and 0.3 megapixels) are barely good for printing postage stamps.2000 is the digital camera.

A dazzling conquest

How can we imagine, at the start of this new century, that a phone will one day capture high quality photos? This little piece of plastic does have a few common parts with cameras - memory, display, processor, battery - but it lacks the essentials, a good photo sensor and a quality lens.1980, succeeding in squeezing these organs in the tiny entrails of a mobile is akin to science fiction.

Posted Date: 2020-08-27

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