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Engineers Build Gigapixel Camera

Electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have built an imaging apparatus consisting of 98 synchronised microcameras and a large, ball-shaped central lens. “Each one of the microcameras captures information from a specific area of the field of view,” said Professor David Brady of Duke University. “A computer processor essentially stitches all this information into a single highly detailed image.” Stitched images from the prototype offer a resolution of one gigapixel, but in the long run, the researchers aim to produce a 50-gigapixel camera. Another direction for future development is miniaturisation: “within five years, as the electronic components of the cameras become miniaturised… gigapixel cameras should be available to the general public,” the scientists say.

Source: University of Arizona Photo: Duke University Imaging and Spectroscopy Program

Published: Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Reader Comments

  1. When digital cameras appear, my brother that is a retired photographer, says: "This digital image will take to many years until get close to film quality". Today when I remember him of that he only laugh and surrender to digital. And it has no more than 6 years...

    Laércio at 05:18pm on Saturday, June 23, 2012

  2. film is still much better looking

    robert bolchenecki at 10:54am on Monday, June 25, 2012

  3. I agree, but it depends on the hands the film are. To point and shot, I think that digital don't lose to film. But to a pro that knows how to set a film camera, and shot criteriously, film has it's value. (yet).

    Laércio at 12:05pm on Monday, June 25, 2012

  4. A point and shot for me is enough. I use photography just for fun. A day, who knows, a have a DSLR?

    jose kerginaldo de paula at 06:41pm on Monday, June 25, 2012

  5. People still really talk about film versus digital? If you think that film still looks better, then you are really saying that you don't like the default photos coming out of your camera. It just take a little editing.

    At this point film is for art projects, not real work.

    Josh Baltzell at 03:00pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2012

  6. That's almost what I'm saying. Art projects, special publicity, some giant photos associate to art mainly, and so on. To comon humans, digital came to stay.

    Laércio at 10:55pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2012


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