Saturday, May 17, 2008

Billion Pixel Photography

Just around the corner, and possibly aimed at the consumer / hobbyist market. The downside is going to be that this will really only be practical for still and landscape photography, at least for the present.

The other downside is that bad photographers take bad pictures. Good photographers sometimes take bad pictures. Ramping up the pixel count by a factor of 10 won’t fix this problem.

There are still some limitations that are likely to crop up – the process of taking 300 slightly different shots from the same view speaks to some pretty significant memory requirements, as well as requiring some significant computing resources to stitch the thing together. So, something more aimed at the serious hobbyist, rather than the casual user.

Still, it’s hard to argue with the results. Take a look at this photograph of London at night. The level of zoomable detail is amazing. You can zoom across the Thames and count the wooden slats in the back of the park benches. At night.