Light-field cameras have the potential to revolutionize digital imaging. Brought to the commercial market by Lytro last year, the tech lets users snap a picture once, and then choose how to focus the image using software after the fact. We’ve already heard that Toshiba was working on developing the same sort of process in a form small enough for inclusion in smartphones, but today we turn our attention to Nokia, which is planning to invest in a light-field company with the intent of outfitting future Lumias with such next-gen cameras.
Nokia Growth Partners, the company’s investment division, intends to invest in startup Pelican Imaging, which is involved in the development of software that does all this after-the-fact processing which makes light-field images so versatile.
Even with a stake in Pelican, we don’t expect to see any light-field Lumias any time soon. We’re probably still a year away before we start seeing this tech in any smartphones, and even then it could be slow to catch on. Still, it’s reassuring to know that Nokia isn’t resting on its PureView laurels and seems intent on continuing to make imaging a primary focus for its smartphone lineup.