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Front-facing camera with connector of LG Optimus L7 II

A front-facing camera is a common feature of cameras, mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets. While generally cameras have their front-facing camera on the front for taking photos facing forward, tablets and smartphones and similar mobile devices have their front-facing camera on the back to allow taking a self-portrait photograph or video while looking at the display of the device, usually showing a live preview of the image. Front-facing cameras are therefore an important development for videotelephony and the taking of selfies.[1][2][3][4]


Several mobile phones released in 2003 to western markets introduced front-facing cameras, including the NEC e606[5], NEC e616[6], Sony Ericsson Z1010[7] and Motorola A835.[8] The front-facing camera was originally intended for video-conferencing.[9] The Motorola A920 was released in 2003 as well and may have been the first smartphone with a front-facing camera.[10]


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  4. ^ "Samsung Puts LCD Screens on the Front of New Cameras". Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  5. ^ "NEC e606 - Full phone specifications". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  6. ^ "NEC e616 - Full phone specifications". Retrieved 2018-05-22.
  7. ^ "Sony Ericsson Z1010 – World's First Phone with a Front-Facing Camera | Nerdeky.Com". Archived from the original on 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  8. ^ "Motorola A835 specs". Retrieved 2015-09-30.
  9. ^ Quito, Anne (26 October 2017). "Front-facing cameras were never intended for selfies". Quartz. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Motorola A920 - Full phone specifications". Retrieved 2019-02-11.