Stacking and Pixel Slip - the future???

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brucehawsker
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Stacking and Pixel Slip - the future???
Jul 29, 2013

I happened to be invited to an academic think tank on the future of digital photography and thought those of you who are pushing the SX50 to the limit might be interested in stuff being looked at in the labs.

One project discussed was having triple the number of individual pixel sensors in triangular formation with one set on the current focal plane and one set just above and one set just below. Thus each time the camera fired three pictures would be taken and could be stacked in camera in various interesting ways. And a five times prototype is in construction.

Another project had similar feel but involved playing with the IS system to produce a series of pixel slipped images - where the centre of the field of view is micro slipped by the IS system in a random fashion to create a super - rapid series of images which can then be stacked to eliminate lens distortion and increase contrast capture.

Another project involved an electronically distortable element in the lens under control of the camera's on board computer.

Another used fresnel technology with wavelet reconstruction to produce a highly compact light and plastic lensed 1000mm lens.

Has anyone else heard of what the next big step is going to be in photography? The SX50 was mentioned A LOT as being quite ground breaking in the lens resolution in professional hands. Put a doubly sensitive sensor (or a denser sensor) with that lens and it becomes a potentially a real threat to the pro business.

One of the academics opined that that he would sell shares in any business which made a lot of its money out of heavy glass costing more than $1000 a piece.....

Love to know what you guys are thinking?

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