It’s no surprise camera phones (aka smartphones) are coming on strong. In the camera world image stabilization, exposure compensation, backlight override, and flash fill have been around for decades. With Samsung adding backlight override and Sony adding image stabilization to their phones the push is on!
Everyone generally thinks it’s all about megapixel count. Yes, that is a factor for a quality image, but way more important is the sensor in the unit, a role previously held by the film. Too small a sensor, jammed with too many megapixel, equates to pixilated (grainy) images.
Nokia introduced the 1020 phone a little over a year ago. The phone has a 41 megapixel camera with an enlarged sensor. It doesn’t have great reviews, but technology continues to advance and get a step closer to the capabilities of a camera.