THE BIG BIG PICTURE
What if you have to first take a general picture and then narrow down to the exact scene you want framed? Could be possible soon. Duke University in the US has created a 1 gigapixel camera (in other words, a 1000 MP imager) using 100 microcameras placed in a spherical orientation. These take 100 accurately focused photos, which are then stitched by a computer into a composite picture. Called Aware-2, the camera currently takes only black-and-white images. But it is not ready for consumer use yet. At 45 kg and with the dimensions of an office laser printer, it certainly cannot be lugged around by a casual photographer. It also takes about 18 seconds to shoot a frame and record the data on a disk.