Mobile Media and Embedded Development
Now you don’t need to own a camera separately. Embedded development has reached such a stage that it is now possible to install a camera on a mobile phone. Incidentally, the first mobile phone with a camera was released by Sharp Corp. in the year 2000.
Now every smartphone has an in-built camera. After the OS, the camera is the most important factor for people, when they are making a buying decision. This means, image quality can make or break a smartphone. Embedded development has also led to the adoption of new technologies hitherto found only in traditional cameras such as large megapixels, true HD video and genuine zoom. Megapixels determine the number of pixels the camera can capture. For instance, an 8 megapixel camera can capture a resolution of 3264*2448 pixels. This translates to an astonishing 7990272 pixels.
The core technology behind all phone mounted cameras remains the same. It is made up of a lens, image sensor and complementary hardware (to process the image). These ship with a default image processing app which can only take basic photos. Many third party apps have come up to cater to this segment. These allow you to improve, edit and share images. Vendors can meet these challenges, if they are ready to adopt the appropriate embedded development technologies.