|I wish I could broadcast the following message to cell phone makers: "Stop putting cameras in cell phones." Why?
Until a cell phone has a 3-5 megapixel camera with 3x optical zoom and external storage (or significant internal storage), I won't even think about getting a camera phone. The only reason I currently have one is because the phone I wanted (a Treo 650) didn't have a "no camera" option. Of course there's a way to remove it, but that misses half the point. #technology
- Technology. These low-resolution cameras are at least 5 years behind regular digital cameras in terms of technology.
- Cost. They probably add a considerable amount of cost to the phone, not only in terms of parts but also in terms of hardware and software development.
- Weight. They add some amount of weight, with the camera assembly itself and also with its interfacing components (cables, resistors, etc.).
- Security. Any workplace that values security doesn't allow cameras. So camera phones are illegal or at least highly discouraged.