720 Megapixel Photo

I’ve always been happy with my 3.2 megapixel Canon Powershot A70. It’s easy to use, takes nice pictures and has some neat features. In the last couple of years I’ve seen 5 to 8 megapixel cameras become the new standard. I’ve never bothered to upgrade since I’ve always considered that unless you’re a serious photographer, to the average user you wouldn’t notice much difference between a photo taken on a 3.2 and 8 megapixel camera.

I read an interesting article over at Cybernet Technology News about a Swiss company called Seitz that have developed a 160 megapixel camera. You would certainly need a Swiss bank account when you look at the price tag! At prices starting around $36,000 you would need to be a serious photographer.

Anyway, what I was really interested in was looking at the photo quality of these megapixel cameras. Here is an example of a 222 megapixel photo of Machu Picchu in Peru. Use the zoom function and you really get a feel for the amount of detail stored in the photo. It is very impressive.

Here is another example of a 720 megapixel photo of the Sydney skyline at night. Use the zoom function and you can literally zoom right into a single window on a building and look inside.

The Seitz camera is certainly big and very expensive but it shows the kind of photo quality you could one day find in your average camera that we all could afford to buy.

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1 comment so far

  1. John H on

    I think the for a lot of digital cameras, the limiting factor is the quality of the lens. To use these huge resolutions you need a lens that can resolve sufficient detail, and such things aren’t cheap (or small). So I doubt we’ll ever see that kind of detail from a truly affordable camera. Unless someone comes up with a breakthrough in lens technology of couse…

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