Absurd headline: 8MP Camphone Spells Doom For Stand-Alone Digicams. Yes, it is incredible that Samsung is about to release the 8-megapixel SCH-V8200 camera phone. And yes, it is true that it’s all about convergence – I’d love to have really fine images come out of my phone. But there’s a long row to hoe between this and a true replacement for the standalone camera, both in terms of features / flexibility and in terms of lens quality, depth of field, etc.
One of the most difficult limiting factors in cell phone image quality is that there just isn’t enough physical depth in tiny plastic lenses to allow for decent focus or depth of field. One interesting approach to this problem is in hydraulically controlled liquid lenses, which closely resemble the way the human eyeball works.
8MP is a huge stride, but far from spelling doom for standalone cameras. But it’s not inconceivable that we’ll get there one day.