Nokia To Invest in Array Cameras to Fight the Competition

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Pelican Array CamerasNokia smartphones may become known for the quality of their smartphone cameras in the coming years, at least if their recent investment interests are any indication.

The company has confirmed to Bloomberg that, in an effort to beat out the competition from Apple and Android handset makers, it intends to invest in the start-up Pelican Imaging, which has developed an array imaging camera prototype. The array imaging technology uses multiple small lenses that work together to “mesh the data into one image.” As a result, the final image from the camera is of the same quality of much larger cameras, all without taking up any more space than a typical smartphone camera lens does.

Pelican Imaging released its first prototype in 2011, but Nokia has reportedly had its eye on the company since 2008. Bo Ilsoe, of Nokia Growth Partners, said the technology is “on the cusp of being commercialized,” so perhaps a Nokia investment will help it get there and possibly even into future Nokia devices sooner rather than later.

Source: Bloomberg

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