Mobile phone maker Nokia showed off a standalone MMS (multimedia message service) camera device today at its Nokia Mobile Internet Conference in Munich, along with a variety of other new products.

The Nokia Observation Camera combines a digital VGA (640x480 pixels) camera, GSM (global system for mobile communications) transceiver and MMS technology in the same unit.

The camera is intended for installation in a house, boat, mobile home or similar environment. To take a snap, the user sends a text message to the camera which then captures an image and sends it to the mobile phone number or an email address, Nokia said. The camera operates within the GSM 900/1800 network coverage area using GPRS (general packet radio service) technology.

The Observation Camera, which will be available in Europe, Africa and Asia, is expected to start shipping in the second quarter of 2003.

Features of the Observation Camera include imaging on demand, imaging by motion detection, automatic timed images, calling the Observation Camera and listening to the surroundings as well as getting temperature information, Nokia said.

Nokia also demonstrated five mobile phones, a text messaging device and a camera headset. The phones include the 7250, 6100 and 5100.

The Nokia 7250 mobile phone with integrated camera comes with support for MMS and Java, triband functionality, a stereo FM radio and full-colour display. The 7250 is set to start shipping globally in the first quarter of 2003.

Billed as the world's smallest and lightest GPRS and MMS phone, the Nokia 6100 is a triband model which functions worldwide wherever GSM/GPRS 900/1800/1900 networks are available. It is expected to hit the market by the end of the year.

Another triband mobile phone, the Nokia 5100, comes with full-colour display and Java and MMS functionality. Shipments are scheduled to begin globally in the first quarter 2003.