You don't necessarily need to rock a digital SLR camera to get the benefits of a CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor, in case you were wondering) image sensor. According to market research firm iSuppli, digital still cameras have started adopting CMOS senors in place of CCDs (charge-coupled devices) at a rapid rate. By 2013, iSuppli says there will be more CMOS point-n-shoot cameras than CCD equipped ones.
"After many years of using CCD technology, original equipment manufacturers (OEM) like Sony, Canon, Kodak, Casio and Samsung now are turning to CMOS, which has narrowed the image quality gap with CCDs to a great degree," said Pamela Tufegdzic, analyst for consumer electronics at IHS. "This has allowed DSC makers to enjoy the advantages provided by CMOS sensors, including lower power consumption and reduced cost."
There were 30.7 million CMOS shipments for DSCs in 2010, and by 2013, iSuppli figures that number will increase to 71.1 million. By 2014, there will be more than 85 million DSC CMOS units, iSuppli says.
One of the main benefits with CMOS is lower power consumption, which leads to longer battery life. They're also cheaper to produce and support multiple channels of sensor data to be read out simultaneously at high speeds. So in other words, tomorrow's point-n-shoots will take better pictures, last longer before needing to swap the batteries, and be cheaper to boot. Sounds like an all around winning combination.