Nokia Investing On Plenoptic Cameras For Its Smartphones

  • Adjust focus after photo was taken
  • Plenoptic camera
  • Pelican Imaging

Nokia has been reportedly planning on acquiring a startup that specialises in the development of Lytro-style array cameras.

  • Adjust focus after photo was taken
  • Plenoptic camera
  • Pelican Imaging

Nokia has been reportedly planning on acquiring a startup that specialises in the development of Lytro-style array cameras.

California-based start-up Pelican has been developing the so-called plenoptic cameras since its inception in 2008. This kind of cameras uses an array of very small lenses, that when combined, can create an image comparable to larger cameras.

Aside from its smaller footprint compared to conventional cameras, plenoptic cameras can also create a number of interesting effects including the ability to change the focal plane of an image after it was taken. In layman’s terms, this will allow photographers to adjust an image’s focus even after the picture has already been captured.

According to Nokia’s Bo Ilsoe of Nokia Growth Partners, Pelican is one of the few companies that have mastered the technology of these kinds of cameras and that Nokia has been eyeing Pelican since its founding in 2008.

At present, no details were given on when the Finnish phone manufacturer is planning to make the investment as well as the amount at which Nokia will be investing on Pelican.

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