Pelican Imaging, the company that makes unique array camera technology, has recently raised $20 million in additional funding from a number of investors including Qualcomm and Nokia. Moreover, the company has also confirmed that it is in talks with an unnamed handset manufacturer to deploy its lens-array.
All said, we’re not surprised that folks all around the Interwebs are speculating that the “unnamed handset maker” could be Nokia. The Finns are already known for their camera technology having partnered with Carl Zeiss for quite a few phones in the past.
Pelican Imaging’s technology sounds impressive on paper, promising to allow users to focus images even after the shot was taken, and in that sense we think of it as a mobile version of Lytro.
Nokia is also the owner of some cool camera software technology which it both developed in-house and as a result of its acquisition of Scalado.
In any case, we can’t wait to see what kind of camera phone Nokia releases relying on Pelican’s technology. We’ll make sure to keep our eyes wide open and let you know as soon as we hear something new…