The camera phone, like many complex systems, is the result of converging and enabling technologies. Over the years there have been many videophones and cameras that have included communication capability.
Some devices experimented with integration of the device to communicate wirelessly with Internet, which would allow instant media sharing with anyone anywhere.
When the first mobile phones with video capability came into being, we all knew the potential for shooting video snippets of family and friends on the go.
But few could predict the sea change that mobile video (and the high-speed networks that move them) has had on human society from the World Cup to Arab Spring.
Here is an at-a-glance almanac of the most important milestones in mobile-video history.