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Apple hires key Nokia camera figure Ari Partinen

updated 09:41 am EDT, Fri May 9, 2014

Could be important win for iPhone and iPad cameras

Ari Partinen, a photography lead at Nokia's Lumia division, has announced his departure to Apple via Twitter. The transition should happen in June. Partinen is partly responsible for developing Nokia's PureView oversampling technology, and has been a core figure in developing and tuning the cameras in products like the N8 and the 41-megapixel 808 PureView.

While Nokia is still struggling to gain share in the smartphone market, its Lumia phones -- including the 1020, which is based on the 808 PureView -- have gained attention for having the best cameras in any mobile device. Apple is presumably aiming to improve its own cameras by picking up Partinen, even though the iPhone 5s camera is also highly-ranked. It does lack some features in other smartphone cameras though, such as optical image stabilization or resolutions above the 10-megapixel mark. The 5s uses an 8-megapixel sensor, albeit one with unusually high light sensitivity.

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