Nokia just cant catch a break it seems. Right after launching their latest PureView imaging-focused smartphone, the Nokia Lumia 920, it appears their head of imaging, Damian Dinning, will be leaving the company this November 30th.
Dinning and his team are much lauded for the achievements behind the Nokia N8, the 41 Megapixel Sensor Nokia 808 PureView, and the PureView Lens on the Lumia 920. Three phones with cameras that have yet to be beaten by any manufacturer, in terms of quality. Nokia’s imaging strengths and phone cameras are well regarded as the company’s biggest advantage apart from Maps, so this news is particularly hard hitting.
No word on where the Imaging chief will be headed next, but he did tweet recently that he was “incredibly excited” about something happening on December 10th that has nothing to do with Nokia.
I’m incredibly excited about the 10th Dec, can’t say more than that right now other than to say it’s nothing to do with Nokia directly…
— Damian Dinning (@PhoneDaz) November 21, 2012
In the meanwhile Nokia has released a statement on Dinning’s departure from the company, which you can find below. Personally, I do feel that while this is a significant loss for Nokia, their PureView technology is created by more than one person. Some of the team members I’ve met from the Imaging department are just as enthusiastic and focused, so hopefully Nokia will choose a good replacement.
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Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective November 30, 2012. During the past nine years, Damian has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.
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