By Darrell Etherington
Nokia (NOK) has recently made efforts to distinguish its smartphones with advanced photographic capabilities, introducing the PureView 808 with a 41MP rear-facing camera. Now, Nokia’s long-time head of imaging and photography Damian Dinning, who has been with the company since 2004, is confirmed to be departing as of Nov. 30. Dinning was also said to have been instrumental in the development of Windows Phone imaging software, through Nokia's partnership with Microsoft (MSFT).
Nokia also recently touted the Lumia 920's low-light image capture prowess. And indeed, the 920 does take much brighter, better images in low-light situations thanks to optical image stabilization features built into the camera module. Camera quality and features have been promoted by Nokia as key differentiators for its Windows Phone 8 handsets vs. competition from Apple (AAPL) and Android hardware OEMs.
Dinning's background includes roles at Minolta and Eastman Kodak, and Nikon. In September, he released a paper detailing Nokia’s plans regarding PureView technology and how it would be employed in the 920. In it, he described improved methods for making the most of the pixels available from that smartphone's 8-megapixel shooter, rather than trying to cram more megapixels into a small form factor, as Nokia had done with the 808 PureView.
Amateur Photographer reports that Dinning's departure "came as a blow" to Nokia higher-ups. Indeed, losing the man responsible for one of its smartphone's key features can't be easy.