The chaos of last year's terrorist bombings in London was seen on television screens across the world soon after the attacks. The unfocused, dark, grainy photos of tunnels crowded with commuters were taken by amateur photographers. Just a few years ago it would have been unlikely for these photos to be captured at all and, had they been, it would have taken days to release them. But the increasing popularity of camera phones and 3G mobile networks means there are now cameras on hand to capture every event and send the photos directly to the media. The darkness and lack of focus perhaps portrayed an atmosphere of fear and confusion, but were certainly not the design of creative photographers. Cameras in phones are simply bad. The convergence of telecommunications technologies and cameras will broaden the areas that the media can cover. But until the quality of camera phones improves, the benefits of having cameras everywhere all the time will be limited. Hong Kong-listed Johnson Electric promises to change that with the introduction of NanoLens and NanoZoom, which offer faster and more accurate focusing and zooming. Jim Dick, senior vice-president of Johnson Electric, said: 'When people always have a high-quality camera with them, you are going to see photos you could never get.' NanoZoom will be unveiled at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The extent of the improvement in camera phone quality will be seen later this year, when the lens mechanism is expected to be introduced into phones. Mr Dick sees professionals using camera phones for work once the quality of photos is improved. On-site engineers will be able to send images to colleagues in real time. Security guards will gather information they otherwise could not. The focus on camera phones is slow and unreliable. NanoZoom will allow them to zoom and focus in a tenth of a second. The motion element is virtually silent, which will allow video recording without audio interference from zooming and focusing. NanoZoom will be used in mid- to high-end phones. 'The handset maker will be able to differentiate cellphones further,' Mr Dick said. Mobile operators may also benefit, as better quality phones might encourage more people to send photos and videos over the network. 'Service providers can benefit from higher system usage,' Mr Dick said.