According to an IDC survey, 30 percent of cameraphone users say they plan to buy a standalone digital camera after their introduction to digital photography on their phone.
Anyone who has taken photos using a cameraphone knows that most cameraphone’s do not take photos anywhere near the quality of even a low-end standalone digital camera with a similar resolution (say 1 megapixel or less).
And, some industry analysts and pundits have been telling us that cameraphones will cannibalize digtal camera sales.
Even though I’m a huge cameraphone fan, I’ve never subscribed to that opinion.
And, as a person (perhaps one of the few remaining?) who prefer best of breed standalone devices (phone, PDA, camera, MP3 player, etc.), the camera part of my cameraphone will continue to be used for only those photographic events where I don’t have my Canon SD200 (or whatever digital camera I am using at the time).
Was your cameraphone your first digital camera (probably not true for 99+% of the O’Reilly Network crowd :-)?