Saturday, September 24, 2005

The One Gigabyte Camera

By now you may have recognized this blog is about Big Things.

Enter the idea of an affordable One Gigabyte Pixel Camera with 100x optical zoom.

Why on earth would you want a camera that would give you that high a photo resolution? What could an average individual do with that kind of power in their hands?

I currently have an Canon eight megapixel camera with a one gigabyte removable hard drive that can hold hundreds of pictures. This 8 megapixel Canon is actually a second generation camera for me in as much the first one was a 1.3 megapixel camera that provided some basic digital pictures. The new 8 and 10 megapixel digital cameras have certainly pushed out the 35 millimeter photography industry. One needs to only look at the revenues of Kodak to see that film, and film processing, is becoming less and less of a money earning proposition. Kodak has in recent years ventured into digital cameras on a large scale.

The reasons for extended digital photography are many fold. For example: Taking detailed pictures of areas involved with mapping of the landscape could provide excellent detailed renderings of geographic changes taking place. Or, for the average person to be able to take close-up views from great distances away would open a whole new world to the amateur photographer. Imagine being able to take a single picture of a landscape scene, with a farm house, tractors, and animals all in different area locations of the picture. Then with a computer, the image could be cropped for each individual segment from the same picture and see the kinds of details that could only be viewed with telephoto lenses and many pictures later with the old way.

For examples of what can be accomplished with a one gigalpxl camera, visit the Gigapxl Project Gallery for detail photos. Click on the pictures and scan down the various cropped detail views. Imagine the possibilities.

Honestly, I do not know when an affordable camera of this magnitude will become available to the general population. But, I will say, "never say never." Remember, technology changes, especially in the world of nanotechnology are occurring at break neck speeds. It just might be around the corner that a new way of doing something will leapfrog the old and create something entirely different that no one would have dreamed about yesterday.

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