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Apple's mobile imaging team looks to have a new leader, as former Nokia camera engineering executive Ari Partinen announced on Friday that he will depart the Finnish smartphone maker and move to its American rival.




Partinen made the announcement on Twitter, saying that Friday was his last day at Nokia and that he would soon "start a new chapter in Cupertino, California." The tweets were first noticed by Engadget.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Partinen leaves Nokia as the company's Lumia Photography Lead "in the fields of mobile photography, image quality verification, verification up-streaming, 3rd party management and collaboration, supplier collaboration and technical marketing in various multimedia segments." Products for which he was responsible include the Nokia 808 PureView and Nokia N8.

A graduate of Helsinki University of Technology, Partinen joined Nokia as an image quality engineer in 2007. He is credited as one of the inventors of Nokia's PureView system, which is widely lauded by photography enthusiasts as among the best mobile camera technologies available.

PureView uses pixel oversampling and on-chip image processing to shrink a very large image -- the Nokia Lumia 1020 ships with a 41-megapixel camera -- into a smaller, higher-quality one. This allows for sharper images, enhanced digital zoom capability, and better low-light performance.
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This article has no beat, but quite a punch¡

Really, this is a good move, not only by him, but Apple as well. Do hope to get a confirmation from Apple, as I'm sure they aren't the only company in Cupertino.
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What a coup. Nokia is "Finnished".
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Finally they'll have something to discuss on the MacBreak Weekly podcast.

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This is big news, more evidence Apple has very serious plans in this direction. Digital zoom with large sensors baby!
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What a coup. Nokia is "Finnished".

Haha
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post #7 of 26
I have long believed this is part of the way forward (along with other technologies such as Light Field). The Pixel Myth brigade were quick to mock his work but they totally miss the point as they are so fixated in stating their '8 MP is enough and all else is marketing' mantra B.S..
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That's a great move, for Ari and Apple. Nokia's cameras have been impressive. iPhones don't need much camera improvement, but this will probably spur some innovation in the future.

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Hopefully he will spell "design" correctly on his profile with Apple. His current bio lists him as the "Senior Desing Engineer"
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Finally they'll have something to discuss on the MacBreak Weekly podcast.

Oh, they always can fall back on Leo's never ending hurt feelings at being blackballed from Apple events for being a jerk. 1wink.gif
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Haha


you mean Lumia is "Finnished?" Nokia still has it's telecommunications and mapping branches, while the Lumia line was bought by Microsoft.

True he brings proven experience to the Apple camp, but Apple would still need to secure those technologies if it wants to incorporate PureView into iPhone. But who knows, MS and AP and strange bedfellows these days....

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What a coup. Nokia is "Finnished".

clever.  Agreed.  Bringing in people from has been companies is a bad idea. Build a team for the future, not the past.

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This seems to be a very good hire on Apple's part! The guy who helped create the best smartphone imaging tech in the business!
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What a coup. Nokia is "Finnished".
Good one.
Glad to see no one bought up any reindeer jokes.
I just hope this chap isnt a one trick pony who left his best work behind him at Nokia.
Nokia is such a great company, the only problem is they have been so badly led for so long, I wonder if they have much of a future anymore.

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you mean Lumia is "Finnished?" Nokia still has it's telecommunications and mapping branches, while the Lumia line was bought by Microsoft.


True he brings proven experience to the Apple camp, but Apple would still need to secure those technologies if it wants to incorporate PureView into iPhone. But who knows, MS and AP and strange bedfellows these days....

MS didn't necessarily get the PureView patents. Nokia was careful to only license some things to Uncle Fester under generous terms, but wisely retained rights to much.

Partinen may be part of a quiet agreement between Nokia and Apple to license ClearView to Apple with Partinen employed to make it happen easier and quicker.

Nokia can use the money. The camera tech is not needed for their current direction, and maaaybee Nokia would like to stick it to Microsoft a bit....
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clever.  Agreed.  Bringing in people from has been companies is a bad idea. Build a team for the future, not the past.
You mean like that group of losers Apple got with the purchase of NeXT???
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clever.  Agreed.  Bringing in people from has been companies is a bad idea. Build a team for the future, not the past.

 

That is a  stupid method of determining anything.

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High resolution is cool and all, but that physical image stabilization is what has always caught my interest.
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High resolution is cool and all, but that physical image stabilization is what has always caught my interest.

It is that too, big time. Image stabilization, high resolution and more. We are in for a fun ride with photography and video technology over the next decade.
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You mean like that group of losers Apple got with the purchase of NeXT???

Yes, that was a really bad acquisition wasn't it ... 1wink.gif I recall many at the time, absolutely sure, BeOS was a better way to go .... 1oyvey.gif
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It is that too, big time. Image stabilization, high resolution and more. We are in for a fun ride with photography and video technology over the next decade.

They do a great job with that stuff, although I wish Apple gave access to raw digital files rather than packing them into 8bpc under the hood. I wanted to write a raw processor for the iphone.

 

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Yes, that was a really bad acquisition wasn't it ... 1wink.gif I recall many at the time, absolutely sure, BeOS was a better way to go .... 1oyvey.gif

 

I don't even remember BeOS. I called his comment stupid, because I don't think it's fair to brand an individual by whether you like their current employer. In terms of hiring, it should have more to do with what they learned there rather than the success of the overall group. Nokia's camera tech is also arguably their best feature.

 

Edit: It wasn't Macky's comment that I thought was stupid. It was the one he replied to prior to that.

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What a coup. Nokia is "Finnished".

This cannot be, Nokia is already "Americanised"... since MS purchased their handsets division.

He did really well in Nokia, tho'... I wish him all the best in Apple. I'm sure he'll do well for Apple and himself. I also hope someone from his team will be able to step-up and continue his good work with future Lumia - or whatever MS calls them - devices.
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Nokia has great cameras. Although a bit of a shame to see him go, considering my preferred phone OS.
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Nokia has great cameras. Although a bit of a shame to see him go, considering my preferred phone OS.

Which OS would that be? I think they use 5(?)

  1. Symbian
  2. Maemo
  3. MeeGo
  4. Android
  5. Windows Phone


But I presume some of these are obsolete.
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Which OS would that be? I think they use 5(?)

  1. Symbian
  2. Maemo
  3. MeeGo
  4. Android
  5. Windows Phone


But I presume some of these are obsolete.

Actually it's 3: Asha OS, Android, and Windows Phone. Symbian is dead, Maemo and Meego were (sort of) the same thing, and they're dead too.

Personally I like Windows Phone, shame it's not really popular.
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Actually it's 3: Asha OS, Android, and Windows Phone. Symbian is dead, Maemo and Meego were (sort of) the same thing, and they're dead too.

Personally I like Windows Phone, shame it's not really popular.

That's useful info; thanks. WP seems to be a good OS indeed. Normally with MS they have their way of gaining marketshare by simply pumping more money and resources at the problem, though I can't say they're succeeding at that, with their Phone OS effort. I know global marketshare is low, but I read that it's doing far better in Europe. App-wise they seem to have all basis covered.
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