Ari Partinen, senior Nokia Pureview camera engineer, headed to Apple

Ari Partinen

Apple has hired Ari Partinen, former senior camera engineer at Nokia for their Lumia Pureview system, presumably to work on the next generation of iPhone and iPad cameras. Word of the move came from Partinen himself on Twitter:

Partinen confirmed in a reply that the company he's moving to in Cupertino is indeed Apple.

Unlike Apple, which has focused most of their camera power on image signal processors (ISP) in chipsets like the Apple A7, Lumia is famous for their optics, up to and including the massive 41 megapixel Carl Zeis lens on their Lumia 1020

What, if anything, this may mean when it comes to the cameras and optics on future devices remains to be seen. If you've used a Lumia PureView camera, is the any part of it you would like to see Apple bring to the iPhone... and iPad?

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Ari Partinen, senior Nokia Pureview camera engineer, headed to Apple


This is great news. Not that I've complaints abt my iPhone 5S camera .. I think it's great and far ahead of it's competitor in terms of managing a powerful camera lens in a slim case.
But Lumia 1020 has probably the best camera in the market and it's ability to reduce noise even at night or at dark places puts it ahead of the competition. That said, Lumia 1020 also has a bulky body, protruding lens & an average camera app.
I just hope Ari Partinen will bring all the Lumia 1020 goodness to the slim Apple iPhones and the smoothness of iOS will make it a killer combination.

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Lumia 930 is a better overall cameraphone than 1020, and not bulky at all. Lumias in general beat other camera phones in photo quality, and the more supremely the more challenging the lighting is. Hopefully this guy can make Apple understand that photo quality in a studio setting is irrelevant for a phone. What matters is the real world performance. And that is where iPhones lack behind.