This 112MP Sensor Can Capture the Sun and the Stars At the Same Time

There are many different levels of camera, ranging from point-and-shoot compacts to medium format behemoths, but what if there was something much more powerful than even the highest end Haselblads? What if someone other than space stations could get their hands on a camera that could shoot, say, 112MP photos with enough dynamic range to capture the sun and the stars… in the same exposure… in broad daylight? Well, if we play our cards right, we may just get to see that.

Spectral Instruments, a small company that works out of Tucson, AZ, is hoping to build a version of their 1110-series camera you see in the above video for use on Earth — but to make that happen they’ll need your help. They want to get this technology into the hands of professional photographers to see what they would do with it, but first they need to know that there’s enough general interest to justify the project. So if you want to see what this 95x95mm sensor camera (5X the area of a medium format sensor) can do on our planet then share this article, comment on the video, and shoot them some encouraging messages.

We’re not sure about you, but we would love to see what some lucky photographers could come up with when they had that many pixels and that kind of dynamic range at their fingertips.

(via Fstoppers via Gizmodo via The Verge)

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  • will hall

    95mmx95mm, not 45×45

  • DL Cade

    Thanks for pointing that out! It’s been fixed :)

  • F_luzzi

    This is nice, would love to see some results.
    This sensor is still smaller than a 4×5 large format film (101mmx125mm) and way far from an 8×10 (203mmx254mm). With the difference that I could get a large format 4×5 with lens for starting at $1K and probably this camera would cost around $200K? (a digital medium format today is around $40K and this sensor is 5x the medium film). Also digital still looks much ‘flatter’ then film so… I don’t really understand this love for digital… long live film!

  • Kevin Chaves

    Definitely want to see what can be done with this!

  • Kozmo Nauta

    Medium format is not behemot.Large format is behemot.You dont know camera formats ,what a shame.

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  • dave

    “the sun and the stars… in the same exposure…”
    pics or it didn’t happen

  • jdm8

    It is “behemot” for a sensor, though maybe not the largest.

    Someone did make bigger:

    There is a gigapixel telescope too, but once you get this large, there’s very few of them in use.

  • noisejammer

    The sun to the brightest stars needs about 35 bits of dynamic range… that’s 35 stops. Getting that through a 16 bit digitiser would be quite a trick…

  • Jason Heilig

    Shut the hell up, Hipster.

  • Johonn

    Their name is not spectral imaging, either… In the video he says spectral instruments.

  • Matthew Wagg

    Oh man, weld that sensor onto the back of a Sinar F1 with a sweet lens and lets see what portraits would look like with such a mega impressive sensor. I can’t see it being that much work to make a fitting that’d sit on the filmplane of a 5×4 view or rail camera. 

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  • Maura

    Technically, the Space Station doesn’t have a 112mp camera… ;-)

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    nope. the space station does have 4 or 5 Nikon D3s/D3x cameras though. Probably has some D800 cameras on the way now to improve on their already amazing time-lapse videos

  • Bryan Rankin

    The difference here is how the sensor collects light. Film cannot even come close to what this thing can do.

  • Freddy

    I’d like to use that sensor with my view camera. Not many camera allow that type of control.