Apple hires Nokia engineer who worked on impressive PureView phone cameras

Apple logoApple has just hired Ari Partinen, the former Lumia Photography lead known for his work on the PureView cameras found in Nokia's (now Microsoft's) smartphones. Partinen announced the move on his own Twitter feed (via Engadget), confirming that today will be his "last day working for the amazing Lumia family" and that he will be starting with Apple in June.

Hiring one engineer won't radically alter Apple's direction, but it does tell us about where it might be headed. Assuming that Partinen is moving to a similar role at Apple, we may see the company's iPhone cameras begin to pick up features commonly associated with the PureView line. Excellent low-light performance is one such feature, as is optical image stabilization (OIS) and uncommonly high megapixel counts. You can see how some Lumia cameras stack up next to that of the iPhone 5S in our iPhone 5S review and the latest version of our Ultimate Smartphone Guide.

Nokia PureView

That said, don't expect an Apple version of the Lumia 1020 just yet. Large sensors and OIS can add substantially to the thickness of a smartphone, and to date Apple has never released an iPhone where the camera lens and flash didn't sit flush with the back of the device. The cameras on the 1020 and a few others protrude somewhat, and Apple's designs typically favor smooth surfaces and clean lines. Together with a recently discovered patent for an interchangeable iPhone lens system, though, Partinen's hire suggests that Apple is considering big things for future iPhone shooters.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Apple, iPhone, Nokia

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