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A employee demonstrates the photo capabilities of the Nokia Lumia 1020, a Windows Phone with a 41-megapixel camera after its unveiling in New York City July 11, 2013.  TIMOTHY CLARY—AFP/Getty Images

Apple Is Poaching the Genius Behind Nokia's Amazing Cameras

May 09, 2014

A senior engineer behind Nokia's Pureview camera, a 41-megapixel behemoth that took smartphone imagery to new heights of crispness, has confirmed that he will be moving to Apple.

In a farewell tweet to the Nokia team, Ari Partinen wrote that he would "start a new chapter in Cupertino, California." The move comes at a time of upheaval for Nokia as it completes a merger with Microsoft's new mobile unit.

Nokia called Partinen its resident "camera expert" during a fashion photo shoot with one of his pixel-packing creations. Apple's iPhone 5 currently packs a respectable 8 megapixel punch, a relative featherweight compared with Nokia's Lumia 1020 smartphone.

[TechCrunch]

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