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Camera Phone Definition

A camera phone is a mobile phone which has a camera built in. Philippe Kahn invented the camera phone in June 1997. The first commercial camera phone was the J-SH04, made by Sharp.

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 battery.

Major manufacturers include Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, Siemens, Sony Ericsson, and LG Electronics. As of 2006, the resolution is typically in the megapixel range. Samsung Electronics, as of 2006, has an 8.0 megapixel camera phone, the WCDMA SPH-V8200