The Nokia Lumia phones of the future may well be able to help answer that question. Nokia could be using the Pelican 16-lens camera module for smart phones beginning with its next model due out in 2014. Nokia has apparently upped its investment in Pelican and Pelican has admitted it is in planning stage talks with at least one company that is interested in this technology.
Of course, while no one from Pelican is saying much about who the talks are with, it would make sense that given Nokia’s increased investment that it must be the manufacturer that is being hinted at by Pelican. Nokia has been interested in pursuing better mobile phone camera technology and has often been known for investing in newer products in this area. Check out the Nokia Lumia cases and cool iphone 5 cases from Ace Cases after you’ve read this article.
The 16-lens Pelican camera is something of a technological marvel. The camera snaps a picture using all of the lenses at once. The lenses are arranged in a 4×4 pattern on the back on a smartphone in a small square area. The lenses are set apart just far enough to add some 3D depth to images.
Pelican’s software produces fabulous JPEG images that are a bit larger than the standard images one currently sees but have some great plusses. The images will be clear even in lower light situations. There will be no need for auto-focus technology as the focus will be throughout the image because there are so many lenses involved. The desired focus point can even be manipulated after a picture has been taken, during an editing session.
Given that Nokia has developed some interesting camera technologies on its own and that it has now invested a great deal into Pelican, one does have to wonder how the two companies might marry their technologies to produce even better pictures and an easier to use photo experience for smartphone users. One possibility is that the merging of these two technologies might lead to 3D stabilization when a photo is being snapped.
Early photos done with a Pelican 16-lens camera, even without the benefit of the best glass and latest in pixel technology, appear to be incredibly crisp and rich. The images seem to be capable of jumping from a page as they do actually have some 3D depth to them. Even beginning photographers will enjoy the images that they are able to capture with this type of technology in the future.
If Nokia and Pelican can somehow create a true synergy between their technologies so that the nest Nokia smartphone offers this incredible photography option there will surely be excitement among mobile phone users and a real sense of competition among manufacturers to see who can outdo this latest advancement first.
Mobile phones are quickly becoming the main camera for most users. Are you at all interested in this new technology that will make for crisper, richer, better focused pictures? What do you think of Pelican and Nokia working together to improve mobile phone cameras? Please leave a comment below so that we can discuss this advancement in more detail.