Remember how researchers / scientists / detectives in television shows and movies were able to zoom in endless on images, without any degradation of quality? Well, that technology has now become a reality, thanks to DARPA’s new gigapixel-class cameras. Continue reading to see what kinds of pictures it can take and for more information.

The two prototypes tested had analogous resolutions of 0.96-gigapixels and 1.4-gigapixels, respectively, each utilizing a spherical objective lens paired with between 100 and 150 small cameras. Using the array of smaller cameras allows for better image correction and more precise focus, DARPA says, resulting in images that have far less distortion than those generated with current systems.

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