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Sharp J-SH04 CP+ 2011.jpg
Availability by region1 November 2000
Dimensions122 x 32 x 13 mm
Display256-color display
Rear camera110,000-pixels CMOS Camera

The J-SH04 was a mobile phone made by Sharp Corporation and released by J-Phone (SoftBank Mobile). It was only available in Japan, and was released in November 2000. It was Japan's first ever phone with a built-in camera (110,000-pixel CMOS) and color display (256-color display). (It has been asserted to be the world's first,[1] but Samsung's SCH-V200 phone equipped with a VGA camera was released in South Korea several months earlier.[2] ) The phone weights 74g, and its dimensions are 127 × 39 × 17 mm. It was succeeded by the J-SH05 flip phone, which was released just one month later.

The Kyocera VP-210 Visual Phone introduced May 1999, predates both above-mentioned as 'the' First Mobile Camera Phone[3]

There is an alternative analysis of the history of the mobile camera phone that more tightly defines what a camera phone is [4] and confirms the place of the Sharp SH04 as the world's first mobile camera phone. The Samsung SCH-V200 camera was only half-integrated. It shared the same case and battery but was not integrated with the phone function. It certainly could not convey an image "at a distance" thus not conforming to the tighter definition of a camera phone. The image of the SCH-V200 had to be transferred to a PC. The Sharp SH04 was integrated both mechanically and electronically and could convey the captured image at a distance. It was the point of origin of today's mobile camera phones.


  1. ^ Debjit. "Sharp J-SH04: World's First Ever Phone With Integrated Camera". Digitizor Media & Web, Inc. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Samsung integrate digital camera and phone". Digital Photography Review. Retrieved 26 August 2012.
  3. ^ "First mobile videophone introduced (1999)". CNN. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  4. ^ "Sharp J-SH04 – first to discover the consumer love affair with the camera phone (2001)". Stephen Temple. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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