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Smartphones on the verge of eclipsing point-and-shoots

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Smartphones on the verge of eclipsing point-and-shoots
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In part four of our five-part series, "Technology on the Horizon," YNN's Adam Balkin shows us some of the top innovations from the Consumer Electronics Show, including how our cell phones are going head-to-head with our point-and-shoot cameras.


Are the days numbered for standalone point-and-shoot cameras? The quality of photos we can take with our smartphones are starting to catch up and our phones can even feel like point-and-shoots.

The i.am+ case for iPhone, designed by Black Eyed Peas front man Will.i.am, does just that.

"Bluetooth enabled shutter and flash, comes with a companion app to take pictures, two filters to share with your social network things like that," Kevin Flores of i.am+ said. "Comes with an interchangeable lens system. These pop out and comes with a standard lens, a wide angle lens and a fisheye lens."

If you talk to any serious photographer, they’ll likely tell you it’s the lenses that really make a difference when taking a good photo. So in 2013, there will be no shortage of add on lenses for your mobile device.

Polaroid is set to offer cases for i-devices that have a slot on them for easily snapping on lenses.

"We have a fisheye, a 6x telephoto and a 9x zoom telephoto lens that also transforms into a 60x microscope lens," Eric Sasson from Polaroid said.

Polaroid is also among those offering a wireless shutter trigger, which is a feature built into the smart Cookoo Watch.

The watch links to your smartphone to tell you when you’re getting a call, sends you calendar reminders, let’s you check into Facebook and also helps you snap better self portraits.

"You can actually take a picture remotely, so when you’re taking these selfie shots instead of having to hold your hand out you can set your phone somewhere you can walk back, get the group shot and then take the picture by just pressing a button on your watch," Peter Hauser of ConnecteDevice said.

Cameras though, are not going quietly. Many are stealing a page from cell phones in order to stay relevant.

Like Samsung's new camera that connects to either a wifi hotspot or a cell phone data signal, allowing users to instantly email photos, upload them to social networking sites or even send them straight over to smartphones.

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