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Record Breaking Camera with 158 Lenses

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Two days ago, Sankei News in Japan reported that a Nagoya Institute of Technology team led by Professor Yojiro Ishino was certified by Guinness World Records as having built the “Camera With The Most Lenses”. The camera boasts a staggering 158 separate lenses.

The setup reminds me of the camera array used to shoot the “bullet time” scenes in The Matrix, except rather than having a large number of individual cameras, this setup has a single “camera” with a large number of lenses.

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The record-breaking camera took six months to build, and is meant to capture the movement of a flame simultaneously from multiple directions. Each lens cost only 200 yen, which is about $2.26. Thus, the whole collection of lenses cost only about $360.

Kudos if anyone can send us photographs taken with this camera!

(via CrunchGear)


 
 
  • http://durf.org/ Durf

    There's a single shot available with this Yomiuri article:

    http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/science/news/20091210-

    I imagine after you get the captures from all those angles you can use software to piece them together as a 3D model of the flame at that point in time.

  • http://jasoncollinphotography.com/ Jason Collin Photography

    When I lived in Tokyo I saw several photo exhibitions by photographers with do-it-yourself lens modifications.

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Awesome. Updated the post with this link and your kudos.

    Thanks!

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  • Meekohi

    Not to be a hater, but don't plenoptic cameras have thousands of microlenses? For example this one has 85,264 different microlenses in addition to the primary lens. Just saying.
    http://graphics.stanford.edu/papers/lfcamera/lf

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Hmmmm. Maybe somehow those cameras don't meet Guinness' criteria? Not sure…

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