20 years later: see Shakira's shocked reaction at seeing first camera phone

shakira reacts to camera phone
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It feels like camera phones have been around forever, but there was a time when the most exciting thing you could do on a phone was play Snake or or switch out the standard antenna for a flashing one. In a 20-year-old video Shakira recently posted on Instagram, of the first time she ever saw such a phone, the Hips Don’t Lie singer looks positively astounded that such a small device could take a photo – yet alone record a video. 

The first commercial camera phone was unsurprisingly by a Japanese brand, called Kyocera. Launched in May 1999 it featured a 110,000-pixel front-facing camera and could store a maximum of 20 JPEG photos, which could be shared via email. In June 2002 Sony launched the Sony Ericsson T68i and Nokia launched the Nokia 7650, but you could only send photos on certain networks, they were hugely expensive and you had to pay an additional monthly fee to send picture messages. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.