Photo Opp: Sanyo SCP-5300 (2002) Today, most cell phones come with a built-in camera. But, just a few years ago, a camera phone was hard to come by. In 2002, Sanyo debuted the Sanyo SCP-5300 PCS phone in the US, which they claimed was the first mobile phone available in America with a built-in camera. (A camera phone from Sharp had been available in Japan for a few years.) At its highest resolution, it captured VGA (640 by 480) images - a far cry from today's 5-megapixel camera phones like the Nokia N95.