Microsoft has just signed an agreement with Canon that could see future Nokia Lumia devices kitted out with its camera technology.
Canon and Microsoft have signed a rather broad patent cross-licensing agreement, allowing both companies access to each other’s patent libraries.
Although the agreement covers a broad range of products and services, it could mean that Nokia Lumia smartphones in the future could come with Canon camera optics inside.
“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, GM of IP Licensing of the Innovation and IP World Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes co-operative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”
Currently the smartphone camera jewel of the Lumia range is the 41-megapixel beast found in the Nokia Lumia 1020. It offered 2nd generation OIS, 6 lenses, Carl Zweiss technology and the ability to change the focus of your shoots after you’ve taken them.
However, this camera could be bettered by Microsoft’s newly obtained ability to get access to Canon camera tech, including its optics and Canon DIGIC image processing engine.
“This agreement is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said Hideki Sanatake, Senior GM of Corporate IP and Legal HQ of Canon Inc.
Microsoft could also follow in the footsteps of Sony and other brands to launch detachable, standalone smartphone lenses like the Sony QX100.
Such a partnership is bound to have a strong influence on future Nokia Lumia phones, or whatever Microsoft decides to brand them in the future.
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Via: Photography Blog