iSuppli: The average resolution for handset cameras’ CMOS sensors in 2008 was 1.5MP. By 2009, that average increased to 2.1MP and iSuppli forecasts it will rise to 5.7MP by 2013. In comparison, DSCs averaged 7.6MP in 2008 and will rise to 13.9MP in 2013.
"... a high-resolution camera phone may produce poorer image quality than a DSC because it has less sensitivity or poorer dynamic range, resulting in a relatively shallow contrast,” said Pam Tufegdzic, consumer electronics analyst at iSuppli. Still, "iSuppli believes that handsets may soon begin to cannibalize the low end of the DSC market as they incorporate higher megapixels and flash capabilities."