Nokia’s big news earlier this week was that it had invested in Pelican Imaging with the intent to bring its array camera systems to its phones, but there was no timeframe for when that endeavor would become a reality. Though Pelican is not giving any specifics about which OEMs the company has been talking to, CEO Chris Pickett has now confirmed that the array cameras are currently being trialed and are expected to be part of at least one new smartphone that’s launching in 2014.
Pelican’s array camera, seen here, uses multiple lenses — 16, to be exact — to mesh together images that are of much higher quality than average smartphone cameras. Each of the 16 lenses only captures either red, green, or blue, and compiles the image into a single shot, effectively minimizing cross-talk noise.
When Bloomberg first reported on Nokia’s investment in Pelican, it was revealed that Nokia has had its eye on the start-up since 2008 and hopes that the improved camera technology will give it an edge over the competition.