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Nokia's imaging guru leaves the company

Nokia's imaging guru for the last eight years, Damian Dinning, is to leave the floundering Finnish phone firm.

The head of Nokia's imaging department has decided to leave the company, Reuters reports.

Damian Dinning, the man behind the 808 PureView 41-megapixel camera phone, has decided to take a job at Jaguar Land Rover, where he'll play a key part in its connected car division. Which is a bit of a blow for the floundering Finnish phone firm.

Dinning joined Nokia in 2004, after working at Minolta UK and Eastman Kodak, bringing a wealth of photographic knowhow with him.

He was instrumental in bringing about the Nokia Lumia 920, which features a PureView sensor, but it's nowhere near as ridiculous as the 808 PureView's. It's still one of the best camera phones out there, though.

Dinning was in charge of a whole imaging team at Nokia, so his departure shouldn't spell the end of the company's top-drawer camera phones.

"I am hugely proud of the work I have been involved with during my time at Nokia and feel privileged to have worked with some of the smartest people I've ever been fortunate enough to meet," he said.

In a statement, Nokia said: "Following the relocation of key strategic roles to Finland, and with great reluctance, Damian Dinning has made the personal decision to leave the company effective 30 November 2012."

Nokia has been struggling of late. In July it posted a £1.1bn loss, with sales dropping by a fifth. Things didn't get much better in the next three months, with sales down even further. Its revenue also dropped 19 per cent on the same period last year. The company posted an operating loss of £466m.

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