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US researchers develop 50gigapixel camera

June 21, 2012 // Nick Flaherty

US researchers develop 50gigapixel camera

By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona, have developed a prototype 50gigapixel camera.


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The new camera has the potential to capture the 50gigapixels of data (50,000 megapixels) with resolution five times better than 20/20 human vision over a 120 degree horizontal field.
The researchers believe that within five years, as the electronic components of the cameras become miniaturized and more efficient, the next generation of gigapixel cameras should be available to the general public.
"Each one of the microcameras captures information from a specific area of the field of view," said David Brady, Michael J. Fitzpatrick Professor of Electric Engineering at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering. "A computer processor essentially stitches all this information into a single highly detailed image. In many instances, the camera can capture images of things that photographers cannot see themselves but can then detect when the image is viewed later. The development of high-performance and low-cost microcamera optics and components has been the main challenge in our efforts to develop gigapixel cameras. While novel multiscale lens designs are essential, the primary barrier to ubiquitous high-pixel imaging turns out to be lower power and more compact integrated circuits, not the optics."
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