Over 1 Billion Cameras Shipped in Smartphones and Tablets During 2012, Says ABI Research

Thu Jan 3, 2013 10:00am EST

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LONDON--(Business Wire)--
Almost every smartphone shipped today has an embedded rear camera and one in
three smartphones have a front-facing camera. The number of media tablets with
two cameras is even greater. Purchasers expect to be able to take photos with
their devices and the popularity of video calling is driving the integration of
front-facing cameras. ABI Research projects one billion cameras were shipped in
smartphones and tablets in 2012. 

Apart from Nokia`s PureView 808, the majority of smartphone releases this year
have kept camera resolution around 8 megapixel. Instead, mobile OEMs have looked
into new features such as autofocus, rapid capture mode, best picture, and
better image captures for low light environments. "Advancements in imaging
technology are opening new doors for smartphones and media tablets," says senior
analyst Josh Flood. "Mobile device cameras are becoming more than just a digital
camera for taking snapshots of your kids and pet. New services like augmented
reality and gesture recognition are now easily conceivable in mobile devices."
Furthermore, these new features in imaging technologies are driving new services
for mobile device users. Additionally, the general advancements of imaging
technologies or more specifically image processors are now enabling mobile
devices to interpret gestures. 

According to ABI Research`s latest study on imaging technology in mobile
devices, 2.7 billion cameras in mobile devices are predicted to ship in 2018.
Smartphones account for the majority of camera shipments, at 80% of the volume.
More smartphones are anticipated to include front-facing cameras as video
calling becomes more commonplace and the implementation of LTE network
infrastructure in countries will further strengthen the demand of smartphones
with these front-facing cameras. "Two hundred and thirty million smartphones are
projected to be shipped with gesture recognition in 2015," adds Flood. 

The new study "More Than a Digital Camera" analyzes imaging technology and new
services enabled by cameras in mobile devices. It forms part of ABI Research`s
Mobile Device Technologies
(http://www.abiresearch.com/research/service/mobile-device-enabling-technologies/)
Research Service. 

ABI Research provides in-depth analysis and quantitative forecasting of trends
in global connectivity and other emerging technologies. From offices in North
America, Europe and Asia, ABI Research`s worldwide team of experts advises
thousands of decision makers through 70+ research and advisory services. Est.
1990. For more information visit www.abiresearch.com, or call +1.516.624.2500.

ABI Research
Christine Gallen, +44.203.326.0142
pr@abiresearch.com

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