Nokia today announced three new camera phones, including what it says is the world's smallest 3G (WCDMA) camera phone. The 3G handset, the 6630 (see left), includes a 1.23 megapixel camera with the option of an external attachable flash.
The "candy bar" shaped 6630 also features a 6x digital zoom for still photos and videos, manual exposure control, a rapid-sequence capability, 74MB of storage (including, I believe the bundled MultiMediaCard) and the ability to shoot up to 60 minutes of video. The handset also includes software to facilitate printing photos on Hewlett-Packard and Kodak printers.
Other features include an MP3 player and streaming audio capabilities. The 6630 won't be available until the fourth quarter of this year and Nokia says the unsubsidized priced will be less than 500 Euros ($612).
Other new phones
In addition to the 6630, Nokia's new camera phones (see below; photo collage from MobileMag) are the 6260 and 6170 -- both with VGA cameras. The 6260 is a clamshell design the enables the screen to twist; the 6170 is a clamshell without the twist feature.
The new handsets, announced at CommunicAsia in Singapore and in Helsinki, represent an attempt by Nokia to try to reclaim its leadership in the cellular handset market -- not just in terms of numbers of phones to be sold (where it still dominates) but also to be perceived as, once again, the developer of cool, exciting products.
If you've been reading the press reports, you know Nokia's sales have dropped dramatically and the perception is Nokia also has dropped behind more supposedly innovative handset vendors, such as Samsung and Sanyo, in developing camera phones and other more excitingly designed handsets.