Amazing Billion-Pixel Images See Everything

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Amazing Billion-Pixel Images See Everything

by Cord Jefferson

January 8, 2011

Researchers at Columbia University are at work on a single snapshot "gigapixel" camera, which would give users 1,000 times the amount of visual information than your standard megapixel point-and-shoot. As you can see in the prototype image above, in which you can easily make out a man on a boat from almost 900 meters away, the possibilities for fine-art photography would be many. But the researchers also have military capabilities in mind.

Gigapixel technology is still too expensive, bulky, and technologically advanced to mass produce (a 10-gigapixel image would eat 30 gigabytes of a hard drive), but once it's out, expect your privacy to diminish rapidly.

Read more about gigapixels at Scientific American.

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