Xiaomi partners with Light, the company behind the Nokia 9 PureView's camera

Xiaomi partners with Light, the company behind the Nokia 9 PureView's camera
The Nokia 9 PureView

While Xiaomi’s smartphone cameras are fairly decent, they often lag behind those of the competition. But thanks to a new partnership with Light this could all change.

Because this collaboration is still in the early stages, there’s no news on future designs or release dates. Nevertheless, the goal of it all will be to create multi-camera smartphones that offer DSLR-level capabilities. This will be achieved by blending Xiaomi’s smartphone know-how with Light’s advanced computational image technology.

A recent example of Light’s work is the Nokia 9 PureView. This smartphone was developed with HMD Global and boasts a whopping five cameras on the rear. The setup features two 12-megapixel RGB sensors combined with three separate 12-megapixel monochrome cameras.

When taking a photo, all sensors work together to collect lighting, detail, and color data before stitching all five images together to create one. However, it’s worth pointing out that each camera can independently adjust exposure, focus, and dynamic range.

The setup, which results in at least 60-megapixels of processed data, also creates a whopping 1,200 layers of depth when shooting bokeh images. Each of these layers gets progressively blurrier, thus making the final effect look much more natural than previously possible. Moreover, with the help of the Google Photos app, Nokia 9 PureView users can adjust the focus point even after taking the picture.

Nokia’s flagship is obviously just one example of how Light’s technology can be implemented and over time things can only improve. But with competitors now starting work on their own alternatives, it’ll be interesting to see which smartphone brand comes out on top.



1. rsiders

Posts: 1978; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is interesting. I definitely want to get my hands on the Nokia 9 though. The sheer amount of processed depth you get in a photo is something not even Google can compete with using AI alone.

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

This x 100. I think the Nokia 9 Pureview is what is going to put the Nokia name back at, or very close to, the top of smartphone camera photography.

3. Venom

Posts: 3733; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Even though I won't be copping that jawn, it's good to know that Nokia has justified the camera setup of the Pureview. I wouldn't rule out the setup of the Pixel cameras just yet though. It would be foolish to do so given how much they have set the bar when it comes to cameras in phones.

4. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Even though the Pixels have done some great things when it comes to camera photography, they’ve been leapfrogged by smartphones like the Huawei P20 Pro, Mate 20 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S9+, the Xiamoi Mi 9, and some others. The Nokia 9 Pureview seems to leapfrogged it well, judging by the images released that have been taken by it. I wanted to cop that jawn known as the Pixel 3XL, especially since it’s universally unlocked to work on all carriers, but the myriad of bugs kept me away, despite its camers prowess.

5. Venom

Posts: 3733; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You shouldn't be so bitter. It's not healthy. Now point to where on the doll where the Pixel violated you at. Don't forget to fill out a butthurt claim.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22295; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao so much salt in your response to me. That’s unhealthy. Please show the doctor on the doll where the N9PV has voraciously entered you, and don’t forget to fill out the Internet butthurt form while you’re at it. Be advised that there can be up to a 30 day period before your issue gets resolved, but they will send you a complimentary butthurt soothing ointment for your injured hine-parts.

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