A brief history on some of the most innovative camera centric phones



If Mobile World Congress 2018 showed us anything, it's that there's still a lot of innovation surrounding the cameras in our mobile devices. The Samsung Galaxy S9 might've have been regarded as an incremental upgrade, but its camera's variable aperture is something unseen before that should help its sensor to gather in more light, for a better low-light performance. Meanwhile, the Sony Xperia XZ2 tackles the other end of the spectrum with video centric features – like its incredible slow-motion footage capture at 960 FPS in 1080p and 4K HDR recording.

These are just a few of the innovations we saw introduced at this year's Mobile World Congress, showing us exactly that there's still a ton of buzz and excitement when it comes to cameras. That honestly shouldn't surprise anyone, seeing that it's a feature that most users would proclaim as being one of the most important in a phone. While these are just two of the latest innovations in the space, there have been many other innovations in the past that paved the way for them.

In this piece, we're going back down memory lane to uncover some of the most innovative camera centric phones that pushed the limits. The list below is arranged in chronological order, to better provide oversight in the chain of events that allowed these camera innovations to flourish and become reality. Just to think, there was a time when phones were just phones – without cameras of course. Try to imagine that nowadays, it's almost unbelievable to imagine that was the case during the early years.


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t68i
  • Display 80 x 101 pixels
  • Battery 700 mAh
SCP-5300
  • Display 2.1 inches 176 x 132 pixels
  • Camera 0.3 MP VGA (Single camera) front
N90
  • Display 416 x 352 pixels
  • Camera 2 MP (Single camera) front
  • Storage 0.035GB, RS-MMC
  • Battery 760 mAh
  • OS Symbian 8.1
N95
  • Display 2.6 inches 320 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) front
  • Hardware 0.06GB RAM
  • Storage 0.16GB, microSD
  • Battery 950 mAh
  • OS Symbian 9.2S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 1
Pixon
  • Display 3.2 inches 400 x 240 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera) front
  • Storage 0.2GB, microSD
  • Battery 1000 mAh
Pixon12
  • Display 3.1 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 12.1 MP (Single camera) front
  • Storage 0.15GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1000 mAh
iPhone 4
  • Display 3.5 inches 960 x 640 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware Apple A4 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 1420 mAh
  • OS iOS 7.x
EVO 3D
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Dual-lens (3D)) 1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 1GB RAM
  • Storage 1GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1730 mAh
  • OS Android 4.0
Thrill 4G
  • Display 4.3 inches 800 x 480 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP (Dual-lens (3D)) front
  • Hardware TI OMAP 4430 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh
  • OS Android 2.3
808 PureView
  • Display 4.0 inches 640 x 360 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera) 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware 0.5GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 1400 mAh
  • OS Symbian Belle
Lumia 1020
  • Display 4.5 inches 1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 41 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2000 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1
Galaxy S4 Zoom
  • Display 4.3 inches 960 x 540 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 1.9 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 4 Dual 1.5GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2330 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4.2 Samsung TouchWiz UI
One (M8)
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 4 MP (Dual camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow HTC Sense UI
Desire EYE
  • Display 5.2 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP (Single camera) 13 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2400 mAh
  • OS Android 5.0 Lollipop HTC Sense UI
Lumix CM1
  • Display 4.7 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 1.1 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2GB RAM
  • Storage , microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh
  • OS Android 4.4
V10
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat LG UX UI
G5
  • Display 5.3 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 4GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 8.0 Oreo LG UX UI
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0 inches 2880 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3520 mAh
  • OS Android 11
Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera) 8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2700 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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