The 50 Gigapixel Camera for When You Can’t Get Enough Detail
What are the specs of your digital camera? The chances are you have at least a 12 megapixel one. It seems that when it comes to cameras, the higher the megapixels, the better.
While there is some truth to that, do you remember the days when 5 megapixels was more than enough to make people happy? Heck, even my 12 megapixel camera is set to 8 megapixels as default. It’s just that for everyday use, I don’t really find the need for all the detail in my photos. I guess it’s a totally different story of you’re a photographer (aspiring or pro).
Then you might actually want to get your hands on this 50 gigapixel camera. Or not.
A group of engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona has built the world’s highest resolution photo-taking device: a 50 gigapixel camera. They did this by putting together 98 little cameras and getting them to work in tandem. The result: something that will blow you away with the amount of detail captured!
Just how amazing is this 50 gigapixel camera?
Think about human vision. If you had 20/20 vision at some point and then have had to wear glasses or contacts for whatever reason, you’d know the value of having perfect vision. Now compare 20/20 vision with the 50 gigapixel camera. It is FIVE times better! Can perfect get any more perfect?
This is made possible by the fact that the little cameras that comprise the “giant” camera capture different fields of view at the same time, which is probably something that the human eyes cannot match.
Amazing, isn’t it? However, you might not want to take the 50 megapixel camera with you on your next beach trip. Unless you are willing to carry around a 2.5 feet square, 20-inch deep device with you, you’re probably better off with your fancy DSLR.