Canon & Microsoft Sign Patent Agreement, Hints at Canon-Powered PureView Phones


Future iterations of the already-impressive Nokia Lumia PureView cameras might sport Canon tech, thanks to a newly-signed patent agreement between the Japanese camera company and Microsoft, who recently bought Nokia.

The details of the deal are still somewhat shrouded in mystery. Microsoft, who announced the news, didn’t reveal any details regarding what specific patents were changing hands or how much money the deal cost except to say that the agreement includes “certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.”

Some believe Canon will use this agreement to build a smart camera that will run Windows Phone OS

Some believe Canon will use this agreement to build a smart camera like the Samsung’s Galaxy Camera, only using Windows Phone OS instead of Android

That statement has led to two different assumptions. First, many believe that Microsoft will take advantage of this deal and put Canon tech in Nokia’s phones… that seems most likely. Second, SlashGear posits that Canon might take advantage by releasing a smart camera like the Samsung Galaxy Camera, only running Windows Phone OS rather than Android.

Both options are intriguing, and though Microsoft is being hush-hush about the details of this agreement, we’ll be keeping a close eye on both Nokia and Canon to see what, if anything, manifests for consumers.

(via SlashGear)

Image credits: Photo illustration based on Nokia Lumia 1020 with PD-95G by Andy H. Cheng

  • Forest Funk

    I want to see a smartphone, with an 1″-sensor- with 4K recording, waterproof to 10m, featuring a XP-G2 or XM-L2 LED and powered by exchangeable 18650s located in the bigger grip.

  • Mike

    The sensor has to be multilayer, “ultrapixel” (whatever the funk that means), no OPLF and 32 bit output.

  • justd80010

    Hopefully it means I’ll get a decent app for Windows so I can actually fully use the wi-fi feature on my Canon camera.

  • Sir Stewart Wallace

    Looks like the EOS phone might be a reality.

  • Goldengirl Layla

    Samsung has a lead and is singular in purpose. Nokia, MS, and Canon engineers in a room together sounds like the beginning of a joke.

  • Adam Cross

    no thanks. Still haven’t felt the need to upgrade my iPhone 3GS, my phone photographic ability is the least of my concerns.

  • Mauricio Matos

    I owned a Lumia 1020 for a couple of months and took it on one of my trips. In good light the results are quite impressive when shooting raw. I guess this collaboration will improve on that.

  • kassim

    Toshiba > Sony > Canon.. downgrade???

  • Vin Weathermon

    Pretty late to the party….

  • ben nibohs

    to most people out there, it does matter, i can’t carry my dlsr everywhere i go. And to have a phone with killer photo quality on me all the time only means bigger opportunity for great shots to be taken. I would say even the 1020 camera rapes 97% of the best point and shoot cameras on the market.

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  • TN

    hopefully this means we’re getting a raw editor for windows phone, that can handle the 1020 output, or a canon smartcamera =D

  • Adam Cross

    I didn’t say that it didn’t matter, and I didn’t apply my opinion to “most people”. but thanks.

    oh,and rape analogies are gross, by the way.