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Breaking: Damian Dinning is leaving Nokia!

Amateurphotographer has the scoop: Damian Dinning is leaving Nokia. Since nothing is known about his personal reasons to do so, I will quote some from the original post in this update  as well.

Dinning joined Nokia in April 2004 and brought Nokia many years of experience in cameras and photography that included key roles at Minolta UK and Eastman Kodak.

In a statement released to AP, Nokia UK said: ‘Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made a personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012.’ AP understands that Dinning’s decision to leave came as a blow to bosses. 

Dinning was lead program manager for Imaging Experience at Nokia. He was the reponsible man for the revolutionary Nokia 808 PureView with the amazing possibilities of the 41MP sensor. Damian Dinning is in fact directly responsible for the start of this site, the PureViewClub.

As we all know at the club, Nokia has just revealed its latest flagship, the Lumia 920, with a new view on “PureView”, with optical image stabilization enabling low-light photography and steady video footage. The first PureView Flagship on Windows Phone 8, the Nokia Lumia 920 appears to be a phenomenal success.

The Nokia statement adds: ‘During the past nine years, [Damian] has made many innovative and valuable contributions to Nokia, most recently as a lead program manager in our Smart Devices business. We thank him for his service to the company and certainly wish him the best.’

What can I add? It has been an honour and a privilige to have come in contact with this brilliant and extremely friendly man and I will miss his input for the PureViewClub enormously.

You will find Daming Dinning mentioned at the PureViewClub in these posts

PS To those who think there will be no more “PureView future” for Nokia: of course there will be! The team is much larger than “just” Damian. Eero Salmelin is still there, Juha Alakarhu is still there, Ari Partinen is still there, Kristina Björknäs is still there, to name just a few names of the very talented innovative team at Nokia. So there is no reason to panic. Like many of you, I’m just very sad Damian is leaving :-(

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    I’m incredibly excited about the 10th Dec, can’t say more than that right now other than to say it’s nothing to do with Nokia directly…

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  8. civichief

    i can imagine, that he just wanted to stay in the UK, because of his family. Nokia is restructuring itself, maybe the imaging team is going to move somewhere else. It is a great loss to Nokia. Does anybody know, how much he pushed ois in the Lumia 920? I cannot remember having read his name related to the 920.

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  11. Junnior_Reis

    Nokia Is Increasingly Decadent And Bankrupt, That The Unic Department Finnish Giant Total Supremacy Before He Exercised His Competitors, Is Not Over Your Head Straight !

    Given This Framework,

    Even Until I a “Convinced Nokian” Lost Enthusiasm With Brand, For Your Cameras Were The Only Thing Keeping My Loyalty!

    For This Lumia 1001 (Last Smartphone Nokia) In What Was the Front Dinning Conceived And Executed Every Project Is My Last Smartphone Brand !

    In Summary, Here Lies a Nokian !!!

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      I’ll delete your exact same reaction on my other post. It’s enough to hardly understand what you mean one time.

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  14. Nikhil

    Marc remember there is only one Steve jobs and it does matter just look at apple… Damien was the head of Nokia photography and was responsible for way 808 is today.. It will effect Nokia in the long term.. I sure he will be picked up by Samsung or someone as he is a jewel

  15. aa

    damain have sent resume to jolla,

    just a rumor

  16. rhishi

    what if juha, partinen, kritina also decides to leave. I remember being awestruk by first video of 808 BY JUHA and then interview with DAMIAN at wmc. Saddest news of the day. I am praying that its a prank.

  17. Daniel

    Damian is a great and talented guy and I wish him all the best!

    But I am not worried about Nokia’s Camera Team… still a lot of talent in there :)

    I hope he joins another mobile phone company and then they can come up with some serious competition for the Nokia camera phones… that can only be good for the market (at least for me as a consumer :p)

  18. torcida


    oh no!

  19. MASSIVE blow to Nokia. I mean, The Imaging guru of our times left? WOW!!!


    Can’t WAIT to see what he does next!!!


  20. Tony

    Looks like Nokia is digging its own grave..so sad..

    • Marc @PureViewClub

      There has been no official announcement yet, may I remind you, just a statement. There is no telling why Damian felt the need to leave.

  21. Spitfire

    This news suggests that he left for the reason because Nokia is moving to station itself in the US and leaving finland behind.

    I think it’s sad to see such a wonderful company leaving europe. I really hate Elop for it. I wish they fire him soon.

  22. DBaNN

    Well, he was the only thing I liked about Nokia these days. With him gone, my history with Nokia is over. May the memories live on :)

  23. scepan

    Come on Damain. Let’s join some other smartphone manufacturer and team up with jolla mobile team to surprise us with a “what should’ve been nokia’s” astonishing new phone

  24. Bart

    Sad to read this! I have always thought it was so unique to have a key person of Nokia being so approachable by camera enthusiasts. I wish him the best of luck.

  25. Bryan

    This is a big blow to Nokia. They said that they want to lead in the imaging category and Damian Dinning is a great asset if they really want to accomplish that goal.