Microsoft’s deal with Canon could bring even better cameras to the Lumia range
Microsoft and Canon have got together and inked a deal with the announcement of a “broad patent cross-licensing agreement”. It’s good to see such tech titans get together and license each other’s IPs which should hopefully result in greater gadgets for Tech Assimilate took into. For one thing it’s far preferable to all the law suit and counter suit news involving Apple and Samsung.
The agreement is “a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said a senior executive representative of Canon Inc. Microsoft’s Nick Psyhogeos, who works in Redmond’s IP Licensing, Innovation and Intellectual Property Group added that “This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world.”
Details of the agreement have not been disclosed. However there were broad hints in the press release that Microsoft and Canon would work together in digital imaging (of course), mobile consumer products and colour technologies.
Microsoft’s Nokia Lumia range is already well known for its superlative imaging capabilities – especially compared to other smartphone camera contenders. The Nokia Lumia 1020 is the latest in the smartphone range which boats the Nokia PureView camera system with a 41-megapixel camera capable of all sorts of imaging feats thanks to great integrated smartphone software. Other members of the higher end Lumia range are also well regarded thanks to quality sensors and lenses offering good low light capabilities for example.
Imagine what could be gained from the integration of a Canon Digic image processor, for example. Also Canon is experienced in interchangeable lens system cameras and we hear from time to time about smartphones employing interchangeable lenses and optical zoom capability in the future. With one of the top Lumia camera brains, Ari Partinen, deserting to Apple recently – perhaps Microsoft can keep its smartphone imaging momentum thanks to Canon. On the other side of the deal it will be interesting to see if we see Canon hardware employing Microsoft software of the company just enjoying the royalties earned from Redmond.