United Sates has created the smallest gigapixel camera in the world. The prototype digital camera like a bedside cabinet in size is able to take images with 1,000 times more detail than any other traditional cameras.
Excited project member David Brady told AFP: “Our camera records a one gigapixel image in less than a 10th of a second.”
A pixel is a tiny light point in a digital image and the developed gigapixel camera can take images with such clarity that is invisible to human eye. The taken image, moreover, will not lose clarity if someone makes it larger.
It features a six-centimeter ball-shaped lens that is designed with 98 micro-cameras each of which has a 14-megapixel sensor. According to the people close to the project, the optical system of this gigapixel camera weighs about 10 kilograms and with the container it is around 45 kilograms.
“Our technology is most interesting as the first demonstration of high pixel count and wide field of view imaging at finite focal ranges,” said David Brady.
“Ubiquitous gigapixel cameras may transform the central challenge of photography from the question of where to point the camera to that of how to mine the data,” according to the Nature report.
Interested users have to spend about $100,000 to $250,000 to have the smallest and fastest gigapixel camera in the world.