Microsoft and Canon sign cross-licensing agreement; Canon lenses on Lumia phones?

Microsoft and Canon sign cross-licensing agreement; Canon lenses on Lumia phones?
Microsoft and Canon have signed a cross-licensing agreement, which allows both companies to use each others' patents. The first thing that comes to mind is the possible use of Canon lenses and photographic technology on future Lumia handsets. Both companies have agreed not to disclose the contents of the agreement. We do know that the patents included involve those covering mobile technology, and others covering imaging.

We could see Canon add some form of the Windows Phone UI to its cameras, although more likely is the idea that Canon lenses end up on Lumia handsets, including a possible sequel to the Nokia 1020, which features a 41MP rear camera on the back.

Microsoft and Canon have partnered together before, to bring new products to the consumer market, including color technology. No doubt that this pact will bring something positive to the smartphone industry.

source: PhotographyBlog via PocketLint



1. Busyboy unregistered

Just when you thought the Lumina cameras couldn't get any better. Can't wait to see the collaboration!

12. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

I personaly give the camera industry until 2020!! Anyhow maybe canon is expanding from it..thought i should say something since that possibility was ignored by the article!!

36. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I just know is whatever they do, but I believe on those nokia's engineers. They r amazing.

39. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

The camera was never the problem. It's everything else.

45. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

Everything else was never the problem, it's your opinion on it.

53. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Wrong The platform and quality and specs was the problem. The phone is no way near their Nokia Nseries. No one likes WP. Nokia is forcing us to use this POS platform. Symbian was way much better. Open source.

59. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

No one likes you dude. Go back to your planet.

81. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol.. That was funny.. But, please don't respond to it.

62. AstronautJones

Posts: 305; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

I absolutely loved my N97. Best design of a phone I have ever owned. (Including apple and Sammy devices) Only problem was the lack of support for Symbian in U.S.. Almost all of the apps available were aimed at Europeans. Understandable since it was never available through a carrier, and the consequential lack of sales in U.S..

67. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

Come on dude, don't you have traffic to play in? Since when are you speaking for everyone? Trolling on windows phone articles is pathetic and immature

72. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I see Wp is not fluctuating. I don't see Wp going anywhere. Stagnated. I'm not trolling, I'm expressing my feelings. 80% ex Nokia Symbians users have jumped ship to Android. I am speaking behalf of them. Voice of reason.

77. billgates

Posts: 555; Member since: May 29, 2014

And I'm expressing my feelings, you are a waste of life and I hate that I have to.share air with such a moron

82. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013


84. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Off topic Immature kid Wow I must've hurted your feelings? Keep your insult to yourself

90. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

No you're not. You're stating your opinion as fact, and as such you should be prepared to be rebuked, and rightfully so...

65. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

So please remind everyone how close Microsoft is to catching up with Android and iOS. But then again Microsoft allowed this clusterfuc to happen. Their just a step or two above Crapberry. Only thing saving Microsoft is their cheap line of phones (aka Nokia 520/521) which by the way is decent for the $60 I paid. But that's it.

80. meanestgenius

Posts: 22067; Member since: May 28, 2014

If BlackBerry were such "crap", then why do you even bother to mention their name? Oh, you must like having your mouth full of sh!t. BlackBerry isn't crap. It's a GROWN MANS PHONE. BlackBerry RULES the ENTERPRISE MARKET, something your precious Android and iOS will NEVER DO. And this is an article about WINDOWS PHONE. Stop TROLLING and go comment on an iOS or Android article.

48. jsdechavez

Posts: 799; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Fast image processor in the Lumia for fast shot-to-shot waiting time. Stand-alone camera sales are down and will be, I wonder what Canon makes out of this.

94. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

this looks cool! can't wait to see it, now i'm having a trouble what will i gonna buy next... i have my n9 and nearing its end stage of its life as i got problem now with its battery, i effin can't use it anymore as it shuts down right away for a few minutes of internet browsing, and using camera. still operational tho, but i can't use it anymore as before w/o plugging it on the wall... thinking to change brand... sony probably, but now this??? my phone since i was a kid is nokia... but the recent acquisitions make me want to jump ship and also the lack of apps for customization... but with this news... wow... it makes me want to buy another nokia... i hope nokia's start up sound, with the "symbolical" hands and the motto/slogan "connecting people" stays on every nokia by microsoft handset, because "NOKIA" will be plain & simple brand, as if has a body without soul... anyway, nokia better hardware quality, trusted brand, but lack of apps... or sony still good quality, tons of apps thanks to android., new brand for me... jeezz... tough decision to make...

2. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I didn't know they made cameras that double as phones!

3. express77 unregistered

Nokia camera will be even better now. But I think I read this in another article like yesterday.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

try and picture a dude holding a 2020 (possible successor name) with an 82mp camera and a canon 500mm telephoto lens walking around disney land taking pics loll

5. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

Nokia, give up your Zeiss partnership and give it to Sony.

6. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Sony has a partnership with with Zeiss as well, for its cameras. Heck, Sony is the only full sized mount you can get autofocus Zeiss glass for.

10. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

You mad bro?! Sony itself uses the high quality Carl Zeiss lens.

22. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

No, I mean Sony Mobile. And it is now only Zeiss.

15. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I don't know how much using a "Zeiss" lens on a phone really means anyway. I'm sure it has some benefit, but nothing like the benefit of using a dSLR system lens made by Zeiss.

34. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

It's the same company. They make camera lenses, phone camera lenses, lab equipment lenses and optics, same for space cameras, and so much more.

18. Apostolis_Vlv

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 15, 2013

Come on guys, check out official Zeiss site. Nokia still Zeiss' partner. Is patner with original Nokia or with "fake"?

7. DarkRadeonFX

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Canon + Pelican Imagine + Nokia Pureview =King of Photography Others will cry like Sh*t

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