If there’s one thing about Nokia’s smartphones that we do enjoy, it would be its camera features. A good camera is a combination of both good hardware and good software, something Nokia has done really well, and while software can be easily copied, hardware might prove to be a different story, but now according to reports, the technology behind Nokia’s smartphone cameras has become available on the open market. The secret to Nokia’s smartphone camera is apparently due to gyroscopic stabilization, at least in part. Basically what this does is that it allows the camera’s shutter to stay open for longer without blurring the final image (the longer the shutter stays open, the more light gets let in).
In fact that is one of the features that allows Nokia to create devices like the Lumia 929 whose specs weren’t exactly outstanding compared to iOS and Android handsets, but had a camera whose low-light photography managed to beat out the competition. Now this kind of technology has been around for a while and can be found in regular digital cameras, but its application to smartphones is rather unique and Nokia is one of the few companies around who managed to incorporate the technology in its phones. With ST Microelectronics announcing the tech’s availability, we expect that smartphone OEMs will be interested in checking it out. Whether or not they incorporate it into their products remains to be seen, but it looks like Nokia might have just lost themselves one advantage.