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08-24-2010, 03:26 PM   #1
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13,280 x 9,184 pixel Canon Sensor

Sounds like a proof-of-concept, but still shows there is a lot of room for development of current technologies:
Canon creates 120-megapixel image sensor | Digital Photo | Digital Photo | Macworld

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20 years down the road, people will be laughing at the 15 MP cameras we have today, just like we're laughing at the 3 MP cameras of the late 90's.

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that thing would suffer from some serious diffraction.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
20 years down the road, people will be laughing at the 15 MP cameras we have today, just like we're laughing at the 3 MP cameras of the late 90's.
Heh - one of the guys I work with still uses his 2MP Olympus P&S and claims anyone using higher resolutions is just wasting disk space... "I only look at the pictures on my computer!" Of course, Scott's kind of "different" in some ways He does seriously complain about me and my 6mp files from the K100...

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QuoteOriginally posted by bikecoboss Quote
Sounds like a proof-of-concept, but still shows there is a lot of room for development of current technologies:
No, it ain't ready for prime time. Yet. Too bad the article doesn't give the physical dimensions. Let's try this: My K20D's sensor is 23.4 x 15.6 mm with 4672 x 3104 pixels. 4672/23.4= 199.66 or ~200 px/mm. If the Canon bigasensor has the same density, its dimensions would be 66.5 x 46 mm -- IOW, a bit larger than true 645.

Moore's Law hold that semiconductor density roughly doubles every 18 months. Thus in two years we should see a "proof-of-concept" 6x9 cm sensor of roughly 0.5 gigapixels. I predicted this here a few months ago when I presented a rough design for a 6x9 digital folder. Two years more, and we'll see a 1gpx sensor. Soon after that, the singularity will occur. We're all doomed. But I digress.
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I do believe that we'll be approaching a decreasing ROI with pixel count/density here shortly. At some point, and I believe we've already reached it, more megapixels offers absolutely no gain over previous amounts. Sooner or later, sensor technology will pass into the realm of bodybuilding; becoming bigger and stronger, to no end and without any function or purpose, except for the sake of being bigger and stronger.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RioRico Quote
Too bad the article doesn't give the physical dimensions.
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Mmmm, want.

(Yeah, I know, tradeoffs, laws of physics, and all that. But I'll take one anyway. Then I'll zoom in to a 100% crop and whine, "waaaaaah, it's soooooft and noooooisy!")

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