picture cellphone is a cellphone which has a camera built in. The world's
first picture cellphone was the J-SH04 made by Sharp Corporation and put
on market from J-Phone (Vodafone) in Japan in November 2000. The cameras
typically use CMOS image sensors. This is due largely to reduced power
consumption compared to CCD type cameras, which are also used. The lower
power consumption prevents the camera from quickly depleting the phone's
Major manufacturers of picture cellphones include Nokia, Samsung, Motorola,
Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and LG Electronics. As of 2004, the resolution
in Japan is typically in the megapixel range such as 2 megapixels, in
Europe 0.3 megapixels is most common. In 2004, 60% percent of mobile phones
in Japan have built-in cameras, and this is expected to rise in 2005.
The highest resoution currently available is 3.2 megapixels on the Sharp
SH901iS (V903), available for the NTT DoCoMo FOMA network in Japan and
Vodafone's UMTS networks in Europe.