From 0.3MP to 100MP: 22 years of the camera phone revolution

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(Image credit: Future)

It doesn’t feel like it’s been more than 20 years since the first camera phone launched. In just two decades, camera phones have become so good, people have stopped buying compact cameras as much, entire feature-length films have been shot on the latest iPhones, and most come with portrait, wind-angle, and even macro modes. 

When camera phones were first released, nobody really knew if they would take off. They were expensive to buy, it was expensive to send pictures and your friends could only view the images if they had a similar phone. There was concern that unlike the texting trend which people took to instantly, sending picture messages might be less of a concern... 22 years later and evidently, that is not the case. 

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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.