Pelican Imaging’s 16-lens array camera coming to smartphones next year

Pelican Imaging's 16lens, lownoise, focusfree camera coming to smartphones next year

After yesterday’s news about Nokia investing in Pelican Imaging’s plenoptic camera system, it was hard not to feel impatient about exactly when this technology might arrive in real, commercially available smartphones. Well, we have an update on that front: although the company’s CEO, Chris Pickett, wouldn’t tell us which OEM(s) he’s been talking to, he did say that his product is currently being trialed by device manufacturers and is scheduled to be part of at least one new smartphone launching in 2014. Now, this next bit is pure speculation on our part, but given that carrier testing alone can take six months, and we’re already nearly halfway through 2013, this strongly implies that a hardware deal has already been inked — which means next year could potentially bring the biggest news in smartphone cameras since the eternally underappreciated Nokia PureView 808. Speaking of which, Pelican Imaging also has some intriguing things to say about what could happen if its array camera was paired with Nokia’s PureView technology — read on for more.

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