There will be one billion mobile camera phones in use all over the world this year. According to a study by Strategy Analytics Ltd. this reflects a tremendous growth since camera phones were introduced seven years ago.
There were only about 3 million camera phones sold in 2001. The figure shot up to 500 million last year and is projected to double this year. But the growth is expected to level off beyond 2007.
The study also noted that camera phones will be switching increasingly to CMOS technology, away from the more expensive CCD sensors typically used for digital picture taking.
CCD sensors are more expensive and less durable, but provide a higher image quality. But CMOS chips are cheaper, more durable, and have become more reliable.