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Nokia photo guru Dinning, the man behind the Nokia 808 PureView, leaves for Jaguar

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Nokia photo guru Dinning, the man behind the Nokia 808 PureView, leaves for Jaguar
The Nokia 808 Pureview with its 41MP camera

The Nokia 808 Pureview with its 41MP camera

Nokia photo guru Damian Dinning, who was the man behind the 12MP camera on the Nokia N8, the 41MP camera on the Nokia 808 PureView and the PureView camera on the Nokia Lumia 920, is leaving the Finnish handset manufacturer. Luckily for Nokia, Dinning is not heading to a competitor but is moving on to Jaguar Land Rover, which is pretty much not a company that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop is going to worry about.

As it turns out, besides his passion for photography, Dinning has a thing for cars which is great since he will be "driving future innovations in the exciting new field of Connected Car" at Jaguar. With Nokia's decision to move all of its strategic roles to Finland , the U.K. based Dinning decided not to make the move. But to stop Nokia fans from worrying about the future of the company, he made it a point to say that the success that Nokia has with its imaging has been a team effort and not the work of just one man.

Whether or not Nokia does succeed in turning things around, Dinning has left his mark on the smartphone world and it is said that Nokia handsets through 2013 will feature his contributions.

source: Engadget, UnwiredView

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posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:07 13

1. mercorp (Posts: 968; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


So,what's next?
Nokia technology with pureveiw cctv on these cars???

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:10 3

9. MeoCao (unregistered)


Google, get this man and quick!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 06:34 5

15. dickwyn (Posts: 593; Member since: 07 May 2012)


i think he wont accept the offer

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:34 1

18. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Agreed. He wants to stay in the U.K. He probably also had a non-compete contract with Nokia that he can't go to a competitor for a certain time frame, since many large companies, especially those with as much R&D as Nokia, have such contracts with the employees, as well as NDAs (non-disclosure agreement) that anything they learned or worked on cannot be discussed without the company's permission, or until all such products have reached market and the manufacturer lifts the restriction.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 10:23

24. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


TRADER!!!!!!!!!

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 08:53 1

37. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


you mean traitor?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:19

28. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


The man loves cars. He's going to Jaguar.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:18 2

16. i.am.damian (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


Damian were angry with Elop
Elop sabotage his PureView 808 and put the PureView technology on the PoS Lumia.

Bye2 Damian, we're surely miss you.
Elop should be the one that were fired, not you.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 10:17

22. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


While I'd say that I hate Elop for what he's doing at Nokia, I don't think that was the reason Dinning left. He should have left months ago as with the case to the executives and talented engineers (like the ones currently at Jolla) who disagree and dislike Elop mismanagement.

I think the official reason why Dinning is leaving Nokia is believable.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:24 2

29. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Its been almost two years Nokia using WP. The Lumia 920 is a great phone in demand and sold out worldwide. And here you are still bickering about Elop. You need to put your bulls**t to rest and move on with your life.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:07 7

2. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


UK has got talent?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:28 6

3. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3009; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Land Rover: 82 Megapixel, OIS Pureview Limited Edition.
"Record all your travels without any shakes and hitch"

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:36

19. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Good point, as they are both part of Tata Motors, and Land Rovers do have the surround-view camera system for off-roading (though mostly used by rich moms in mall parking lots).

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:30 7

4. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


he wille make Jaguar Land Rover bullet-proof like the Lumia 920.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:39 5

5. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


or the Nokia 3310 :)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:18

27. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


The bulletproof design has no connection with Dinning. Marko A., lead designer is credited for this.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:39 8

6. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


To those who think there will be no more “PureView future” for Nokia: of course there will be! The team is much larger than “just” Damian. Eero Salmelin is there there, Juha Alakarhu is still there, Ari Partinen is still there, Kristina Björknäs is still there, to name just a few names of the very talented innovative team at Nokia. So there is no reason to panic. Like many of you, I’m just very sad Damian is leaving :-(

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 10:21 2

23. rex1213 (Posts: 77; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


credits to Pureviewclub.com for this exact quoted text.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:46 3

7. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


I think, Damian is a great guy. He's well know because most of the time, he's the one explaining everything to media/press. But we should put in our mind that, he's not just alone in creating these awesome technology "pureview". He's just a part of it. But thank you Damian for giving mobile industry the best of your photography talents

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 02:58 8

8. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Welcome to TATA Motors Damian wish do some wonders here too!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:36 5

13. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Haha Jaguar is owned by TATA now :)

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:10 4

10. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Nokia have lost a great asset, but its not like Dinning was the only person behind Nokia's great optics, they still have Eero Salminen and Juha Ala-Karhu and their purchase of Scalado, that said it is sad to see Mr.Dinning leave, he seemed very passionate and was always willing to respond to tweet questions about Nokia's products.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:19 1

17. i.am.damian (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


This is not really about damian leaving
it's about Elop, who were sabotaging nokia.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:40

21. -box- (Posts: 3784; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Having people work in the same office isnt sabotage. It may al so be less expensive than paying for travel, accommodations, and teleconferencing, as well as encouraging discussion between peers. It isn't a bad idea, just one he couldn't do.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 03:19 5

11. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


I wouldn't worry so much. Damian is a great man and in the field of mobile photography he's one and only. But, just like he said, it was a team work.
Nokia has PureView technology along with other projects and I'm sure they won't give it up.
It will be developed inasmuch it is one of the biggest advantages Nokia has over competition (along with maps).
He did great job pushing mobile photography boundaries but if he feels he need to move on, that's ok. Good luck.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 04:36 4

12. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Replacing one dream job for a nother, wow...

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 05:20

14. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 253; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


He is not the actual researcher,, he was only leading the department...any good leader shall be able to lead this department

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 08:39

20. chunk1x (Posts: 248; Member since: 25 Jun 2011)


If he left his mark for 2013 phones, I really wish that it will be the very best of his talent with the technology that defines the smart phones was put on these babies.

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 11:22

25. Guarulhos (Posts: 39; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Nokia Is Increasingly Decadent And Bankrupt, That The Unic Department Finnish Giant Total Supremacy Before He Exercised His Competitors, Is Not Over Your Head Straight !

Given This Framework, Even Until I a "Convinced Nokian" Lost Enthusiasm With Brand, For Your Cameras Were The Only Thing Keeping My Loyalty!

For This Lumia 1001 (Last Smartphone Nokia) In What Was the Front Dinning Conceived And Executed Every Project Is My Last Smartphone Brand !

Well, He Was The Only Thing I Liked About Nokia These Years !

With Him Gone, My History With Nokia Is Over !!!

May The Memories Live On !!!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 12:22

26. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


41 Megapixel Camera??
WTF?? REally dude?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 16:29 1

30. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


You just knew this now? Where have you been?

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:00 1

31. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


haha you not know? really?

besides its a 41 megapixel sensor, it can take full res 34 and 38mp photos or use its oversampling pureview tech to get noiseless near perfect 2,5 and 8 mp photos

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 20:45 1

35. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


lol... you live under the rock dude?! nokia made the most amazing and most advance camera phone in the world that kick the butt of these high end android phones (in camera) and kick the butts of the portable/digital cameras!!! and can even be compared to DSLRs!!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:35 1

32. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


i feel sorry to nokia.... great guys and pioneers are leaving the great company coz of that elop....

i think 808 pureview and 920 and even the past camera phones like N8 and n95 will be the last greatest camera phone! since this guy is the one behind these camera phones!

i fear that nokia wont make groundbreaking camera phone after this guy is out... :(

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 17:47 1

33. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


its not one guy, theres more behind the scenes then just him, nokia still has the groundbreaking camera tech

just because he has gone doesnt mean its all over

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 20:42 1

34. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah i know...but still, he is the head... he make the pureview happen.. he make the N8 happen, he make the Lumia 920 king of low light happen, he make the king, 808 happen!

it is still a big lost in nokia's part!

but you're right.... its not over!!

posted on 24 Nov 2012, 20:49 1

36. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


he didnt make it happen alone, the team is still there who did the major work (not saying he didnt have input as he did) but nokia will just build on what was done when he was there

lets face it without nokia mobile camera's are stuck at the generic 8mp sony module found in the iphones and many android devices

nokia is and will always be needed

posted on 25 Nov 2012, 20:58

38. MC1123 (Posts: 1240; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


yeah... you're right!!

now im hoping that the rest of them will leave.. it will be really sad! :(

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