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Mobile Trends 2012 Day 3: Snappier snaps
During the dawn of the smartphone era, the once-crucial quality of the handset’s camera became less important as manufacturers turned attentions to mastering touchscreens, attractive UIs and intriguing apps while ensuring the device stayed slim and light.
However, with companies like Sony, Apple and Nokia leading the way over the last twelve months, the desire to re-equip handsets with compact camera-esque optics has been reignited. Incredible 12-16-megapixel sensors will set the bar in 2012 while offering unprecedented detail, definition depth of field.
Cameras on smartphones are getting so good, with feature like full 1080p video and an ever-improving range of shooting settings that means they're fast becoming a threat to the video camera market.
However it’s the presence of high-powered and socially-focused imaging apps that really give smartphones the edge. Instant fine-tuning and sharing through apps like Instagram have proved hugely popular, but enhanced processing power and memory could herald an era of desktop-quality photo and video editing apps to transform the mobile phone into a semi-professional media creation tool.
Another important addition is the introduction of reliable cloud storage platforms which are automatically backing-up snaps and videos, meaning the a lost or broken device doesn’t have to mean the loss of precious memories.
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