It's been over 20 years since the first camera phone was released, and now we couldn't imagine life without them

Sharp JS-H04
Sharp JS-H04 - the first camera phone (Image credit: Sharp)

Back in November 2000, Sharp launched the J-SH04 – the world's first camera phone capable of sending picture messages. Initially it was only available in Japan, boasting a 110,000-pixel CMOS sensor and a 256-image color display. 

Since then the best camera phones have become so advanced that feature films have been recorded on them, they've invented new jobs such as content creation and social media influencing, and high-res photos can be sent around the world in a matter of seconds. The days of old-school camera phones are thankfully long behind us, but at the time they were the sign of exciting things to come. 

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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.