A new camera design consisting of a central lens surrounded by an array of microcameras heralds a new era of photography, enabling pictures of unprecedented detail.
By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail.
In fact, the camera can capture images containing elements that the human eye cannot detect while taking the picture.
As a comparison, most consumer cameras are capable of taking photographs with sizes ranging from eight to 40 megapixels. Pixels are individual “dots” of data – the higher the number of pixels, the better resolution of the image. The new camera has the potential to capture up to 50 gigapixels of data, which is about 50 billion pixels, more than 50,000 times more than megapixel cameras. (more…)