Researchers believe that the generation of “gigapixel cameras” will hit stores within five years.
A 50-gigapixel camera. Or what is the same, of 50,000 megapixels. A device capable of obtaining images with unprecedented detail .For now is a prototype, a work of a group of electrical engineers from the universities of Duke and Arizona, but in a few years will probably be in the shops.
This image pluperfect is achieved through synchronization of 98 tiny cameras in a single device. The camera resolution is five times the normal human vision, as detailed in the journal Nature.
The new camera can capture up to 50 gigapixels of data. It should be borne in mind that the majority of consumer cameras vary in the best case, between 8 and 40 megapixels, which gives an idea of the jump made in this prototype.
It is the first device that takes pictures that can be measured in gigapixels. Every day spread such projects in both the civil and military.In the first case, as highlighted initiatives 360world , within which an image was obtained GB 70 with two chambers. On the military side, a few months ago we learned that the pilotless U.S. aircraft flying over Afghanistan can take pictures with a resolution of 1.8 gigapixels .
In the future, much smaller
The researchers believe that known today in five years will be achieved that the electronics of the cameras can be much smaller, more efficient, so that the next generation of gigapixel camera could come then to the general public.
“The camera is so big, as shown in the photo illustrating this article, due to the electronic control boards and the need to add components to prevent overheating , “said David Brady, a co-author of the experiment.
Traditionally, the improvement of the chambers was achieved by adding glass elements, making them more complex. However, at one point, according to scholars, the complexity of the mechanism saturates and too high costs. In this new device is a software that combines the work of micro-cameras , and a common target lens that collects light and directs these 98 tiny cameras. “Each of them works in a specific area of the image. And some overlap, so that we do not lose anything, “said Michael Gehm, a professor at the University of Arizona.