The pixel obsession continues. The gigapixel revolution approaches, representing a future next generation of digital camera. Recently been demonstrated by researchers at Duke University AWARE-2 is the gigapixel shooting creation of Dave Brady who, with DARPA funding, constructed his happy snapper from off the shelf parts.
Not a compact camera, at a little over a half meter square. The camera integrates 98 HD micro-camers, each with 14 megapixel sensor, all grouped around a spherical lens. Together, they take in a field of view 120 degrees wide and 50 degrees tall. By positioning these high quality micro-cameras behind a shared lens, it becomes possible to process different portions of the image separately and to correct for known distortions and see what would normally be hidden.
“Rather than showing a camera angle that the producer lets you see, the viewer will be able to see anything in the scene that they want,” Brady says.