Apple Developed a Super Resolution Mode for iPhone Cameras Using Image Shifting

One of the technologies that's emerging in the camera world is using sensor-shifting to capture high-resolution photos. It involves shooting a sequence of shots with the sensor slightly shifted for each one, and then combining the photos into a high-res image. The new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II uses it to create 40MP photos using its 16MP sensor.

It turns out Apple has also been dabbling in the technology as well for its cameras, except with optical shifting instead of sensor shifting.

Olympus to Make 40MP Sensor Shift Photos Possible During Handheld Shooting

One of the main innovations found in the new Olympus OM-D E-M5 II is its ability to shoot massive 40MP photos with its 16MP sensor by doing "sensor shifting" and combining multiple shots. The main downside, however, is that you need a tripod to make sure the camera doesn't move between shots.

That may soon change: Olympus says its working on making the sensor shift technology work even when the photographer is shooting handheld without stabilization.