Damian Dinning, the person behind the PureView cameras in Nokia’s latest phones, is rumored to be leaving the Finnish handset vendor.
He has been a Nokia camera guru since 2004, following key roles at Minolta UK and Eastman Kodak, and is said to have finally decided to move away from the leading mobile phone maker.
However, it seems that Nokia UK has already confirmed the move, although no specific info on the reasons behind it has been provided.
“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 30 November 2012,” Nokia UK reportedly said.
“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.”
Damian Dinning has been the lead program manager for Imaging Experience, which has been in charge with packing Nokia’s latest Windows Phone handsets with great camera capabilities.
Lumia 920, the company’s flagship Windows Phone 8 device, comes with an 8-megapixel PureView photo snapper that also sports Optical Image Stabilization and other high-end technologies, making it one of the best cameras on the market.
Apparently, Dinning’s decision to leave Nokia came as a hit to the struggling smartphone maker, which has gone through a series of rough quarters lately, and which hopes that the new Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 will help it regain its foothold.
Apparently, Dinning hasn’t provided details on what determined his decision to leave Nokia, but might announce specifics on the matter in about two weeks or so.
On his Twitter account, he says the following: “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.”