The Nokia 808 PureView has the highest resolution of any mobile phone camera. Damian Dinning lead the digital imaging team at Nokia during the development of this groundbreaking smartphone.

The head of Nokia’s digital imaging team is leaving the mobile giant for a job at Land Rover/Jaguar. During Damian Dinning’s nine years at Nokia, he lead the team that developed the PureView technology that introduced a 41 megapixel camera to a smartphone. 

Nokia has been in a sharp decline since it was the mobile leader in the early 2000s. Known for its reasonably-priced and durable cell phones, Nokia was slow to keep up with the growing smartphone market. As a result, Nokia's share prices have fallen from $40 USD in 2007 to under $3 USD in 2012.

Earlier this year, Nokia laid off 4,000 employees in Europe to move its manufacturing to Asia (cutting over 10,000 jobs across the company worldwide). During the shake up, Dinning was asked to move from the UK to Finland. In a recent release to the PureView Club blog, Dinning explained that instead of uprooting his family to continue with Nokia, he decided to change careers and start work with a car company.

The newly released Windows platform Lumia 920 and the groundbreaking 808 PureView—phones developed during Dinning’s time at Nokia—made tech-heads think twice about disregarding Nokia completely. With Dinning gone, many are wondering if Nokia will continue to release phones with cameras that challenge the industry standard.

Dinning shared a response to reports of his parting from Nokia on the PureView Club blog:

As reported by a few, the work area I am best known for, imaging, is the result of a huge and massively talented pool of people. I have often felt embarrassed by the media attention I received knowing that whilst I am proud of my own contributions and the forward looking guidance I have strived to provide the teams, there are a lot of unsung heroes!

[...]At a very young age, I had two very strong interests, cars and photography. With regards to the latter, I wanted to be able to take photography from the nerdy or for special occasions only use it was at the time, to being part of everyday life. I never thought I’d be able to play a role in making that happen, but my time at Nokia gave me exactly that opportunity. I really feel I’ve been able to fulfil that ambition. Whilst we’re really only just entering the next major stage in the development of photography and I still have a very clear vision of how I see it’s longer term development, I fully recognise this is the perfect opportunity for me to work in quite a different area.”