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Nokia to invest in Lytro-like camera technology for future phones

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Nokia to invest in Lytro-like camera technology for future phones
Nokia is planning on making an investment in U.S. Pelican Imaging, a California startup developing Lytro-like camera technology for smartphones and other mobile devices.

In case you are not familiar with the Lytro camera, it basically allows you to focus after you snap an image. This frees you from worrying about where to focus and basically means your whole picture will always be in focus. You can choose to selectively focus on an area after you have taken the image.

To achieve that Pelican Imaging is developing an array of sensors that capture the same picture and adds a sprinkle of software magic on top to achieve the Lytro-like effect quickly. We have also seen a software-only approach in apps like FocusTwist but those come with a lot of limitations - objects in the picture should not be moving and it takes a while to shoot the image. Pelican’s technology is more advanced in that sense.

Nokia has the longest history in cameraphones of all handset manufacturers. Most recently, it released the industry leading 41-megapixel Nokia 808 PureView, a Symbian smartphone with a huge sensor, and the Nokia Lumia 920 with best-in-class optical image stabilization and enhanced low light performance. Nokia’s upcoming cameraphone is said to feature a mixture of the advances made in those two devices.

source: Bloomberg

Lytro-like technology will allow you to choose what to focus after you take a picture

Lytro-like technology will allow you to choose what to focus after you take a picture

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posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:56 42

1. jericalvarez (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


nice.....

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:09 32

7. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


not nice, it's really nice.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:54 27

19. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It's not really nice, it's reeeeaaallllyyy niceeee!! :P

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:01 15

36. lumia920 (Posts: 112; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


greeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaattttt

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 14:19 8

47. jericalvarez (Posts: 7; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


it's extremely nice.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:42 16

16. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


Works the same way like how those cameras mounted on Satellites function. Fantastic.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:07 14

23. Rayanx10 (Posts: 45; Member since: 30 Mar 2013)


good job nokia.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 16:19 2

50. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 178; Member since: 03 May 2012)


agreed. now that is innovation

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:09

52. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Too bad it will be plagued with the cancer that windows 8 is. If Nokia made android phones they would be a lot more popular.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 19:10 2

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


troll found

dont you get bored been pathetic? go back to android land

seriously ive noticed these android fans and trolls claim to be secure in there choice of android yet every none android article they swarm on to slate other choices...your nervous people have there own mind and wont just follow you lot

more os's benefit the customer, android is in no way perfect or the best for everything and everyone, no such os exists which is why we need choice

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:56 25

2. Malki (Posts: 68; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


Focus after taking the picture is very nice feature :D Nice one nokia :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 11:49 4

40. Malki (Posts: 68; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)


And I hope that some android phones will have cameras like this :)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:58 17

3. windroid (unregistered)


Nice ;)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 08:59 21

4. tiara6918 (Posts: 2070; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


That is an impressive investment Nokia made there. This way your memory will not be wasted. I can't count how many times I've lost the chance to capture the image I wanted because the focus on the camera was on something else(I can't always remember to tap the screen to focus on the image)

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:11 8

8. XperiaPrince (Posts: 108; Member since: 25 Dec 2012)


wow awesome camera tech!! Nokia's mobile tech is top notch! Great job nokia! THE KING IS BACK!!

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 18:13

53. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Nokia is pulling a Duke Nukem Forever if the King is back. They will never become popular again until they ditch windows. The Lumia 920 is a nice phone, the only reason I would never get one is Windows.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:30 2

10. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


@juandante... I'm guessing you'll never in your lifetime ever have yourself an awesome Nokia phone with your attitude.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:35

12. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


I have one of previous best Nokia camera phone. You don't want to admit W8 is pure joke.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:41

15. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


But not as good as you ...!! Joke,,,,,,,

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:49

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


how is it a joke, seriously time for you to more on

symbian was a great os but couldnt move fast enough with the shift to touchscreen.

you really need to stop blaming the CEO

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:10

24. Chiddu (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


It is not nokia chose windows phone, it is ms which chose nokia. Reason: Why MS is paying Nokia?
Look at Symbian Belle on 808 n say.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:12

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


''Look at Symbian Belle on 808 n say.''

i have no idea what your trying to say,

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:13

26. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


Because Belle is very good m*rr*n.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:21 1

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


lmao you absolute dumbass, you do know the phone i use is the 808 running guess what belle fp2 so i know how good belle is

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:23

31. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


symbian belle is very good but cant compete enough against android and ios.

thats why they cooperated with microsoft. they tried to improve and optimize symbian but it can only reach upto belle fp2.

its a hard transition but it is what it is.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:29

32. juandante (Posts: 463; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)


and Maemo ?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:49

35. Chiddu (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)


Then why they were making huge changes to Lumia phones software.

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:39

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I wonder why the other never touched that technology, I really wanted to see this tech but years passed and no one testee it out...

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 09:50 6

18. tashreef (Posts: 476; Member since: 24 Nov 2012)


don't worry ... samsung will be there in some time ... they may not be good at inventing things... but definitely at Copying ..... hhahahha ....

So which Nokia monster will be the "ONE" to get it first...?

posted on 30 Apr 2013, 10:14 1

27. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I'm sorry, your joke lacked depth lots of it I'm talking about camera tech, also using better camera is also considered copying? I mean if you gonna hate at them at least have a good basis

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