It must be a slow news week, as EE Times trots out a tired story breaking the big news that cameraphones don't take pretty good pictures, asserting that they must improve if they're ever to make "competitive headway" against standalone digital cameras. The problem is the reporter is completely missing the point -- the value of cameraphones isn't just in their image quality, but in that people are always carrying them and that they're connected to the network. The writer backs up their assertion by citing vendor statistics that 90% of cameraphone users never print their photos, which sounds like a lot until you consider the number of images taken with digital cameras that are never printed. People don't share photos only by exchanging prints -- they're far more likely to use online photo-sharing services or email. Then there's the further point that just because users are carrying a camera with them all the time -- whether it's in a phone or standalone -- doesn't mean they're always using it. Labeling cameraphones a failure because of their inferior image quality to standalone cameras, and particularly because people aren't printing the photos they take with them, is silly. After all, what's that saying photographers have: any camera you have with you is infinitely superior to a camera you don't.
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