Ari Partinen, one of Nokia's PureView camera gurus, leaves for Apple

Ari Partinen, one of Nokia's PureView camera gurus, leaves for Apple
Meet Ari Partinen. He is one of the camera experts who are responsible for the Nokia N8, which came with a spectacular camera for its time period, the Nokia 808 PureView, which featured a stellar 41MP snapper on its back, and almost every PureView-equipped Nokia smartphone, such as the Lumia 920, 1020, 1520, and the Icon.

All in all, Mr. Partinen is one of Nokia's gurus in the field of mobile imaging technology, but sadly, May 9 is his last work day at the Finnish company, which sold its Devices & Services division to Microsoft. But Ari Partinen won't remain unemployed for long. In fact, he has already settled for a new job. In Cupertino, California.

That's right, one of Nokia's biggest experts in the mobile camera department announced that he will work for Apple from June onwards. This was announced by Ari Partinen himself on Twitter. He expressed his satisfaction of the outcome by stating that he will be starting "a new chapter in Cupertino". Hopefully, Ari Partinen's involvement with Apple will result into future iDevices with even better imaging capabilities.

Partinen is not the first member of the team behind the PureView technology to leave the Finns. Back in November 2012, another prominent photo guru - Damian Dinning - kissed Nokia goodbye and moved to Jaguar Land Rover.

Alas, it is pretty sad to witness that key experts are leaving Nokia, which was once the dominant player on the mobile phone market. However, times are changing and one should expect a high-ranking expert such as Ari Partinen to desert the sinking ship and look for better opportunities.


What do you think of Mr. Partinen's transition from Nokia to Apple? Drop a line and let us know!


source: @AriPartinen via Engadget

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68 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2343; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Smh.. Sellout..

2. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Everyone is looking for better opportunities, so good to switch the job... apple really need some one in camera department... but the problem with apple is they always use midrange specs in the phone to make huge profits...

18. dontneedtoknow

Posts: 158; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Yet it works perfectly amazing!

34. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

Ha! Liar.

41. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

"mid-range specs"? The A7 is the best ARM processor in a device you can buy, or will be able to buy, until the A7x/A8 starts shipping, the screen is a one of the highest rated by Display Mate, the camera is one of the best rated by DxO photography, and the chassis is more expensive to make than anything outside the Vertu line. I would hate to see what constitutes high-end specs, but be sure to let us know when that finally hits the shelves.

45. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Galaxy S5 cost more to manufacture than iphone, this is for your kind information, expensive chassis boy... search an article about gs5's manufacturing cost on this very same sitewww.phonearena.com... iphone production cost is also mentioned there.... only the processor make it high end?? You forget about cheap small screen, 1gb ram for cost cutting... 8mp for cost cutting and many more, list goes on n on... only good part is that apple is able to use all midrange specs very efficiently

56. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea....but all of those were the same things used in 2010...so none of that is "good". Plus, when you say one of the highest rated, it literally is the lowest among the high end of smartphones (but better than the mid/low level stuff). Also, Vertu SUUUCCKSS in all ways, including build quality. Comparing to them is literally saying you have no attention to detail and are severely influenced by marketing fluff.

59. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The best I say and powerful is the Eyxnos 5422 at 22nm and Tegra5 On let say we take the A7 Soc and it tries to push Android high end device and see what happens Even Baytrail by Intel is better Forget about pipelines we are talking about raw power and torque which A15 needs lots of battery May like 4000mah

64. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

define midrange. The A7 despite having less cores and a lower clock speed still manages to keep up with snapdragon 800's in benchmarks. The camera is competitive with other flagships. It's screen is one of the best calibrated screens in the industry despite it's meagre size. People have to realise that some people (i.e most iOS and even android users) don't care about specs. The only complain I hear from non tech people are about Apple maps and it's screen size

44. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Uh oh...Seems like those amazing cameras that Nokia phones have wont be so exclusive to Nokia anymore....

3. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

dam them Apple making the right move !!!

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They can't have pure view cameras.

19. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You're right, Apple focused in quality not quantity(pixel count).

20. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Raw photography.

27. papss unregistered

Why is it that Apple can't topple the 1020 in camera comparos if it's only an out quality?

30. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Because Nokia focused in both quality and quantity.

57. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

So it can be done, just that you choose to hail a company that chooses not to. With the amount of money Apple has and makes, I am pretty sure they could easily make it happen. Unfortunately there is no consumer push from the docile Apple crowd so why would they (although, Nokia pretty much did without being prodded for it).

65. desniper9

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

at the expense of usability

47. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

more hump = better camera

4. FriendsOfSamsung unregistered

Looks like Nokia is ran out of red, and he decided to jump another turf to spill the red

15. KillerKeyboard

Posts: 372; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

And you look like you've ran out of jokes.

51. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

He is the joke

58. Finalflash

Posts: 4061; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Joke....? I thought he was having a stroke.

5. SportDriver

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Not very happy but I believe Nokia(MS) still has enough photo experts. There is just one thing about article, how is MS sinking ship ? I believe MS has enough money to run Mobile business for long time. I think he is leaving to quickly.

10. wideallyphan

Posts: 16; Member since: May 09, 2014

yeah that sinking ship comment was really unnecessary.

52. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

even their head also known as Camera Guru - Damian Deming left the company after 808.. point is no true "Nokian" likes Microsoft at all and hence they are leaving.. there are many more unannounced resignations soon to be followed.. Microsoft and eflop killed Nokia..

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nokia sold device business so they gone. I hope all nokia's engineers join nokia again whenever Nokia start new and fresh mobile business. Waiting to see what suri will do after 2 yrs. Waiting for Nokia back in mobile and make N-series N10 powered by Android.

9. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

And nokia don't have to worry, because there r many smart people still there in finland.

16. Ashoaib

Posts: 3243; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Good point

50. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

And, it starts. I said some time ago, much of that Nokia talent won't be working for Microsoft for long, if at all.

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