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Monday, November 8, 2010

LG’s L-03C is the world’s first true camera phone… or is it a phone camera?


For years, cell phone manufacturers have been trying to cram as many different gadgets into their handsets as possible. It all started with the cell phone camera but these days, you can crack open any smartphone and find half a dozen gadgets inside: from gyroscopes and accelerometers to FM radios and 3G modems. Heck, cell phones these days are actually fairly advanced computers.

As the cell phone continues to swallow all other gadgets up, it’s rather amusing to see the convergence process go the other way… well, at least for one gadget. LG have just announced the L-03C, which may look like a point-and-shoot digicam… but actually has a phone inside.

The L-03C will be sold exclusively in Japan by DoCoMo in January. Inside, you’ll find a 12.1MP sensor supporting a maximum ISO of 3200, as well as a Pentax 3.6-5.5 lens with three degrees of optical zoom. It can also shoot video in 720p, and comes with WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS.

It’s a weird gadget. Is it a phone that looks like a camera, or a camera that happens to contain the phone? I think the best way to describe the L-03C, though, is that it’s probably the first camera phone that even remotely matches the quality and performance of even the cheapest point-and-shoot compact… and the only way they could manage that was by just making a point-and-shoot compact and cramming a phone inside. I wonder if Nikon will get in on the action next?

55 comments:

Digger said...

hmmm, interesting concept for sure, but i doubt it will appeal to a large enough market to catch on. it seems directed at a niche market. i personally wouldn't own one.

it's good to see companies thinking outside the box though.

The Drug Connoisseur said...

That looks sick. Nice find!

Dan said...

I want a DSLR phone :D

ImmaFrog said...

delicious vintage lookin cameras, yo

Randy said...

DSLR phone! haha

I like stuff and things said...

only sold in japan...uber sad face

Personal Injury Database said...

that looks soo awesome. i wanna buy one!

Astra said...

wow, what a great device!

Mr. Knowitall said...

I'd want to hold this in my hand to see how it really feels

Saul Goodman said...

nice, can't wait for an update

Ken said...

Looks nice..

Hip-Hop Hikikomori said...

I have no need for a phone. I'd rather just stick with a dedicated camera.

SC2 Strats said...

wow that's crazy, and yet pretty cool.

MDW said...

^^ This. I'd like to see it sold here in the US

FORISBAN said...

That looks sick!

JVS said...

looks good

Mark said...

Probably good for those who need an excuse to carry a decent camera around with them and don't need the hassle of a phone and a camera, but those who actually take photos for a living/hobby will already have better cameras and those who just want to take pictures with their phone won't need a camera like this...

Apps Master said...

interesting stuff there :)

Michael said...

12.1MP, that's a lot! My blackberry only has 3mp :(

1GN15 said...

Looks pretty cool!

befashionistic.blogspot.com/ said...

lol phone camera. oh Japan

hippilazma said...

wow very innovative

nick said...

looks crappy

Saliva said...

OOO i want that!

Donkote said...

its a camera with a phone in it! i think....

Czikita said...

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Matte said...

phonecamera! if is cheap ill buy 1 :P

HondaX said...

look good....interesting stuff

Shutterbugz said...

cool stuff I am a total camera junky!

Unlogic said...

this looks great but I hardly ever use camera on my phone... only when taking drunk pictures :D :D

my mobile phone is mainly for calls, texts and internet on the go ... :)

iRetiv said...

wow those are small

RatsRunThisTown said...

The Samsung satio already has a 12mg camera? |:

S said...

very cool concept, i'm wondering how it will do on mass market slaes

Mr. Bloggity said...

Cool! Now when your taking pics you can call, instead of taking pics while you call!

Hiphop Rising said...

dammit japan!!

Kikimora said...

I don't use mobile cam so... :D

Hitchcock said...

looks kinda cool

jura1991 said...

i have this

About Insurance said...

that's a really nice camera

Fuuuuuuuu said...

very interesting post...

MacPCharmony said...

that's great!

Swift Love said...

nice, looking forward to the next update

Cunning Linguist said...

that's good to know

Joebloggs said...

@ratsrunthistown

mp is what i think you meant to say

and the megapixels don't even matter in a decent camera, its the size of the sensor!

amidoinitrite? said...

cool, thanks for the update

dee jey said...

cool lg

Erroneous Maximus said...

It's Phone-Camera, much like coloring systems (Red-Orange) - we put the modifier before the base, because that's how our sentences are arranged and thus our words as well. For example "She bought lemons at the store" e.g. Lemon-Store not a store made of lemons, but in fact a store where lemons are.

textileengineer said...

God this is ugly.

Zetta Reviews said...

interesting post. Personally my iPhone4 camera does me just fine ^_^.

Kichuwa said...

Look at me I'm japan, I'm made of Opium.

Peter said...

damn I'd really want a good camera, not really some wierd stuff like this but a normal one that is not overpriced which I assume this one is, then maybe I'd have more pictures from my fencing tours to post lol X_x

Mez said...

looks cool!

Witdarkstar said...

Haha it does look just like a camera. I wonder how the service is.

Firstborn said...

very informative thanks!

L0ner said...

I wonder about quality of photos it takes. Since it's a phone they didn't have much space for sensor and if the sensor is small on this resolution the pixels will all be packed up in a small space resulting in higher noise amount.
Like someone said before, it's not sensor resolution that counts but sensor dimension and then the resolution. I mean, this thing won't take pictures of same quality as a normal camera with same lenses and same sensor resolution. Not talking about reflex camera with same resolution since it's totally different level...

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