In 2004, Vodafone Japan released the Sharp V602SH flip phone. It was the typical top-of-the-line handset for the time, featuring a large, high-res display, relatively fast data connectivity, video games, a multimedia player, as well as expandable storage. Its highlight, however, was its camera. The snapper offered 2 megapixels of resolution (an image size of 1600 by 1200 pixels) and 2x optical zoom. Remember, this happened 10 years ago, so the latter feature must have been really impressive to see on a phone back then.
Sharp V602SH – the first phone with optical zoom lens
Then the Nokia N93 – a phone that many have fond memories of – came out in 2006. It was nothing short of a multimedia marvel, and its 3.15MP camera was the prime weapon in its arsenal. Thanks to the handset's unusual form factor, it was possible to fit a 3X optical zoom lens in there. Again, quite impressive for a phone at that time.
And here we have the Altek Leo. If you can't remember what phone we're talking about, don't be embarrassed as the handset was practically unheard of outside of Asia. This Android-powered smartphone came with a 14MP CCD-based camera, both xenon and LED lights, and 3x optical zoom. Here's our preview of the Altek Leo, dating from March 2011.