Sharp has developed a camera module for camera phones packing 5 megapixels and 3x internal optical zoom. The company says the LZ0P3770 is the first camera module that features an inner zoom for mobile phones.
The new module also features auto focus, smear-reduction, a mechanical shutter and a high refractive hybrid lens consisting of glass and plastic elements. The compact module measures not more than 22mm.
Sharp says mass production and shipment will start in January 2007, which could mean that we will be seeing 5 megapixels as standard fare for camera phones next year.