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I had a thought today on how image capture quality on camera phones are becoming increasingly good and that it could replace a point and shoot in most occasions.

Surfing the internet led me to a serendipitous discovery of a post on Digital Photography Review regarding the effect of the smartphone camera.

The following is an excerpt from the post

One of the areas in which cameraphones beat traditional cameras hands-down, at least for now, is connectivity. The vast majority of cameras are ‘dumb’ devices in the sense that they cannot send and receive data wirelessly. If you want to manipulate, resize and share photographs taken with a traditional digital camera, you’re going to need a computer with an Internet connection. With a smartphone, however, you can take, manipulate and disseminate your shots in no time at all, on the same platform.

For evidence of the appeal of this way of working, you need look no further than Instagram. Only eight months old, Instagram currently has over 5 million users and hosts 100 million images, all uploaded from iPhones.

The Nokia N8 remains the ultimate device in the smartphone category. The imaging quality from this device is superlative and it is safe to say that the Nokia N8 is without peer in the smartphone camera category. That said, there a few devices which come close such as the Samsung Galaxy S2 , Nokia N9 and the upcoming iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 4, with its 5 megapixel camera unit is particularly noteworthy as the device’s mass adoption has led to a boom in the smartphone camera category.

The improvement in optics and resolution will increase and there will come a time when the traditional point and shoot is replaced by the all-in-one smartphone.

Interesting times indeed.

The article can be accessed via this link.