USING THE NOKIA N70 cameraphone (not for this JFK image but for these photos) means I am very close to having megapixel coverage in my pocket. The N70 snaps two megapixels with very nice optics. In practical use, I get sharper images than other megapixel cameraphones I have used. The Carl Zeiss optics on the N70 make that possible. After shooting, I transfer the images to my computer via the USB cable Nokia provides with the camera. It's simple and elegant because my on-board Adobe software makes the images part of an electronic library.
Cameraphones have outsold normal digital cameras for the past three years and the gap is widening. I have often wondered why first year multimedia degree candidates at Tipperary Institute aren't told to come equipped with a cameraphone. Starting next academic term, I'm assessing caption writing, annotation and tagging as part of the Media Writing course that I teach. Multimedia students need to snap, upload and mark their photos. Those skills will serve students for the rest of their lives. According to a recent survey, some 70% of cameraphone users rarely get their photos out of their phones and into a computer or send them to someone else.