In 2013, the European Space Agency will launch the Gaia spacecraft. Its billion-pixel imaging sensor will be among the largest digital cameras ever to exist, and over the course of its mission, it's estimated that Gaia will detect 15,000 new alien planets.
There's something to be said about super small digital cameras such as this CLAP camera. On the one hand, their insanely small size is quite adorable. On the other hand, the picture quality taken from such a small digital camera is sure to be worse than those taken with a modern day smartphone.
Video cameras are small enough nowadays that you can strap them onto anything that moves, including fireworks. For the first time ever, check out what a bottle rocket sees as it launches, blows up, and then falls back to Earth.
Along with the mighty E-P3, Olympus also took it upon themselves to whip out the shrink ray gun, point it at the PEN camera and miniaturize it into two new digital cameras: the Lite and the Mini, respectively. Don't think just because they're small, they're a slouch.
In a top secret room, Olympus gave us a preview of its new flagship PEN cameras. We weren't given any free sandwiches at the briefing, but we did walk away with a hunger — for the EP-3's lightning fast autofocus, dual-core image processing, gorgeous 3-inch OLED touchscreen and live filter effect features. The timeless stainless steel PEN design inspired by the film PENs from the 1960s only sweetens the deal.
The Lytro is a revolutionary new camera that doesn't need you to fiddle around with stuff like focus, zooming, focal points or any other such settings. Instead, it takes in a boatload of information and then lets you tweak it after the fact.
The 1,700 pound sensor that makes up the wide-angle eye of the VLT Survey Telescope (aka VST) is exactly like the sensor in your digital camera. Except, you know, bigger. A lot bigger. We're talking an array of 32 individual CCD sensors that together take 268 megapixels worth of images of outer space. Meet OmegaCam.
In Japan, NHK is testing out little cameras embedded in TVs that watch you watching them, analyzing your movements and facial expressions to figure out what programs and advertisements you like and what you don't. Is this a good idea or a terrible one? It could be both.
Here's a nice way to create your own evidence: an old-school revolver that has a camera under the barrel, set to snap a shot every time you pull the trigger.
How small can video cameras get? Very small, it turns out. This medical camera from Medigus is apparently the world's smallest, and at 0.99mm wide, I believe it.