A Blurring Line Between Cameras and Smartphones

More and more, people use their smartphones as their default cameras; thus, precision smartphone camera modules are touted as highly desirable features.  However, on the flip side, the point-and-shoot cameras of late are becoming more like smartphones.  Camera makers are integrating connectivity, and now app capabilities, so that images can be shared instantly.

The Olympus E-PM2 is a new mirrorless camera that has integrated Wi-Fi connectivity so users can send images instantly to their smartphones.  The newly announced Samsung Galaxy camera takes a different approach, with Android built right into it so that its screen functions like a smartphone would, using a 4G data network, and photo apps such as Instagram can be integrated easily.

The benefit of one of these cameras is the ability to immediately share top quality images – much better in focus, zoom, and pixel size than a typical smartphone camera.  However, you must still carry a smartphone and a camera BOTH if you were to purchase one of these new cameras.

The Photojojo Phone Lens Series is available to customize smartphone cameras.

In terms of smartphones, it won’t be long before their camera modules improve.  In fact, several new smartphones that were unveiled at the IFA Technology Convention in Berlin a few weeks ago offer higher resolution camera modules.  A 13-megapixel camera will come with the new LG Optimus G, Sony’s Xperia T, and the Samsung Galaxy S4.  In addition, there are add-on lens options for improving your existing smartphone camera; Photojojo offers fisheye, telephoto, wide angle and macro lenses that can be mounted onto a mobile phone or tablet.  Whether you prefer a smartphone with an excellent camera module or a camera with smartphone connectivity, keep your eyes on the horizon for the next exciting innovations.

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