Yeah, you read that right.
It’s no secret that I love my digital camera. Not quite enough to give it a name, like some photographers I know, but, still, I love the little fist-full of magic that lets me take amazingly detailed digital photographs. I remember when my ex-wife got her digital camera, it was a big deal that it was something like 3-megapixels. Now, my iPhone has a camera at least as good as that built into it! The camera I use now is a 10 megapixel camera and that’s really just an entry-level DSLR, which is 3 years old. The better cameras start at 20 megapixels and go up from there these days. That, let me assure you, is capturing a lot of data. We’ve come a long way in a short time.
But, researchers are working on cameras that make those look primitive.
According to Scientific American, DARPA researchers are experimenting with gigapixel cameras. That’s over a billion pixels. That’s like 333 times better resolution than an iPhone camera. That, in short, is pretty amazing. And, not only does the camera take amazing shots, but it looks amazing, too. Check out the slideshow at Scientific American that shows the camera and a picture it’s taken.
There’s something to think about as you snap photos of your friends this weekend!