The technology that makes its way into the cameras and imaging tools used for scientific and research applications tends to be vastly different than what we have in our more consumer-oriented cameras. Proving just how different is GPixel’s new GMAX3005 sensor — a 150MP full-frame monochrome behemoth.
Capable of producing a 150-megapixel black-and-white image at 10FPS, this awkwardly shaped beast puts out a 30,000 x 5,000 pixel image. The reason they call it a ‘full-frame’ sensor is that the dimensions of the GMAX3005 are 167.6 x 30.1mm. So, while it’s awkwardly long, it’s technically ‘full-frame’ in height.
Made to improve research imaging technology, it’s designed with an extremely high dynamic range in mind. It also has the ability to capture extremely long-exposure images without the need of a cooling element to keep the sensor’s temperature regulated.
Of course, the GMAX3005 isn’t of any immediate value to us as consumer photographers, but it’s always interesting to see what’s being created for the scientific and research (and often military) fields because, in time, it usually ends up trickling on down to us.
If you’d like to read the full press release, you can find it here. In the meantime, we can all admire this piece of technology and wait for the day when 150-megapixel panoramic photos with ridiculous dynamic range are possible with one snap of the shutter.