LG to release 12MP cameraphone

LG plotting a 12MP cameraphone
LG plotting a 12MP cameraphone

LG has revealed to TechRadar that it plans to keep up in the megapixel race by releasing a cameraphone with a 12MP sensor, likely this year.

Speaking to Jeremy Newing, LG Mobile's head of marketing in the UK, he told us that the company was 'absolutely' going down this road.

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"We'll very much be releasing a 12MP camera phone... it's the same when you're buying a car, if you've got two equal cars then you'll obviously go for the one with the bigger engine.

"However, it's important that people realise when taking 12MP images, they'll be using huge amounts of data, and it will be more difficult to do things like send such files."

Bigger isn't always better

However, Newing also pointed out that simply getting bigger and better megapixel sensors won't keep consumers happy, as other features will obviously be just as important in making sure imaging stays cutting edge on phones:

"Will [the megapixel wars] stop at 12MP? I don't know, but getting lens quality is something else that's a requirement, and optical zoom is important too, although I can't go into detail other than to say we have a clear imaging strategy.

"However, we obviously can't afford not to be part of the 12MP cameraphone infrastructure, and we will do that and add differentiation, through things like beauty enhancer and smile shot."

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.