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October 02, 2008

Current and Future High Resolution Digital Cameras

One of my 156 predictions made in March 2006 was that gigapixel cameras would be common in the 2009-2015 timeframe. The Seitz Roundshot that takes 470 Megapixel images in 3 seconds and costs $36,500 is getting very close. There are other gigapixel scanning cameras and cameras for satellites and space applications but those will not be common.



The Seitz Roundshot D3 camera takes 470 Megapixel images in 3 seconds and the camera costs Euro 26,000 ($36,500).

A second generation D3 camera will be available in October with better image quality and other improvements.


Seitz Phototechnik has the 160 Megapixel camera. The camera costs $35000 (Euro 25000). It takes the 160 megapixel shot in one second.

Other scanning cameras such as ones from Better Light take up to several minutes to capture the image.







50 Megapixel Hasselblad cameras are available.

A 60 megapixel Hasselblad will be available April 2009.

Phase One has a 60.5 megapixel camera.

FURTHER READING

There is table of digital cameras and their image resolution at wikipedia

Gigapixel images are discussed at wikipedia

Vision Research Advances 1,000,000 Frames-per-Second High-Speed Digital Camera Offering With Launch of the Phantom(R) V12.1 Many rapidly shot lower resolution digital pictures can be stitched together into a larger high resolution image.

Extreme photography equipment.

Nikon MX rumored to have 40.7 megapixels and will be released early in 2009.

Sony has the Alpha 900 out now for $3000-6000 with 24 megapixels for a digital SLR camera.

DSLR Killer in Late 2009 from Company Now Killing 35mm film

The RED Digital Cinema Camera Company is rumored to be releasing a DSLR-killer in late 2009.

We believe, and are developing for late 2009, a replacement for DSLRs. Currently, we call it a DSMC (Digital Still & Motion Camera).


More discussion of the RED camera technology advantages.

Red needs to be taken seriously because they are well on their way to replacing 35mm film cameras with superior and cheaper high-res digital video cameras.


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