Nokia is easily the most exciting smartphone manufacturer around when it comes to cameras. Sure, Apple generally nails things with the iPhone, and HTC is stepping-up its own imaging game, but between optical stabilization and the massive 41-megapixel sensor on the PureView 808 (and maybe soon, EOS) Nokia’s making the big pushes that really capture our attention. About a month ago, we started hearing that Nokia might have a new card up its sleeve, and could be planning to bring refocusable light-field cameras to its smartphones lineup. Now some new comments from a Nokia exec add fuel to that fire.
While light-field cameras or plenoptic imaging don’t get called-out by name, Nokia Executive VP of Smart Devices Jo Harlow said, “if you look at where imaging is going, computational imaging is an area of exploration. Being able to capture even more data – data you cannot even see with the human eye that you can only see by going back to the picture and being able to do things with them.”
She goes on to talk about how increased smartphone computational power is only starting to make such ideas feasible. We know, it’s all pretty vague and doesn’t really tell us what we can expect, nor when, but this does give us something to go on: Nokia’s clearly not just investing in Pelican Imaging as an opportunity to profit, and has serious interest in developing smartphones featuring at least something like its light-field imaging technology.