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Apple Hires Nokia's Lumia Photography Lead to Work on the iPhone's Camera

Apple has hired Nokia's Lumia photography chief Ari Partinen, reports Engadget. Partinen stated on his Twitter that he will be "starting a new chapter in Cupertino" this June, later confirming that he will join Apple.

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The Nokia 808 PureView with 41MP sensor

According to Partinen's LinkedIn biography, his responsibilities at Nokia included "working with image quality characterization and tuning on camera module level", while handling camera component production and quality control on a global scale. Partinen also lists the Nokia's 808 PureView and Nokia N8 as devices he has worked on, which were regarded for their noteworthy photographic capabilities.

Partinen's hire comes as Apple is reportedly looking to bolster the next-generation iPhone's camera through optical image stabilization and other improvements. Nokia has focused heavily on the advantages of the camera's on its devices throughout the past few years, recently launching the Nokia Lumia 1520 with a 20 MP PureView camera.

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11 weeks ago
Pit the Lumia 1020 against any smartphone camera and the Lumia will blow everything out of the water.

Pit the iPhone 5S against the Galaxy S4/S5 and the iPhone still wins. It's not about the pixels - it's about the saturation, sharpness, color accuracy, contrast....etc.

I'm a full-time photographer myself, and I've tried Samsung's phone cameras. They can come close to that of the iPhone's, but can't really beat it.

But then, pit anything against the Lumia 1020 and they'll all lose.
Rating: 16 Votes
11 weeks ago
I just say that Apple is on the move for something big.
Rating: 12 Votes
11 weeks ago

Let me guess, a 41MP PureView from the Lumia 1020 will soon make its way into the iPhone.


I hope so - the 808 Pureview was a stunning camera, only let down by its end of life operating system.

I'm glad you realise how good it is - I'm sick of all the willingly uninformed idiots on here having a go just for it having 41mp, where they refuse to see the obvious benefits of its 5mp resampled output.

Nokia is a real leader in camera technology, and it'll be cool to see that technology spread.
Rating: 8 Votes
11 weeks ago

More people buying into the megapixel myth


More people not knowing what they are talking about.

P.S. Good things about Nokia cameras have nothing to do with megapixel inflation (unlike Samsung or Sony cameras).
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago

No one needs 41MP in a phone.


How many people did you ask?
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
maybe we'll get some thickness back for the iphone after all ;)
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago

Won't happen. Unfortunately - again, it's the lack of thickness that makes it impossible to put a large sensor in the iPhone.


and thank god for that! so bulky ... if i want to take awesome vacation pics etc i take my real camera. the phone camera is good enough for random instagram snaps
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
Great for Nokia engineers if Apple is hiring. Always a good move to go to a company that has a future.
Rating: 7 Votes
11 weeks ago
Wow, big win for Apple and big loss for MS. Nokia's phones are noted for their great cameras. While the iPhone camera is good, I think its competitors have eclipsed them
Rating: 6 Votes
11 weeks ago
His hiring comes a little too late for iPhone 6.

Maybe we will see some progress with the iPhone 6s in late 2015?
Rating: 6 Votes

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