Chinese 100-Megapixel Camera Can Snap Ultra-High-Resolution Images

The Chinese-developed IOE3-Kanban camera features a 100-megapixel charge-coupled device (CCD) chip capable of producing 10,240 x 10,240 pixel images. The light and compact camera should greatly boost success in the fields of disaster monitoring, aerial mapping and intelligent transportation systems where ultra-high-resolution imaging is key.

Developed by the Institute of Optics and Electronics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences over a period of two years, the IOE3-Kanban camera is remarkably compact: just 19.3 cm (7.72 inches) in width.

The filmless CCD chip is also exceptionally tolerant of temperature extremes, having an ideal operating range between minus 20 degrees centigrade to 55 degrees centigrade (-4 to 131 degrees F). Though it may look rather plain, the camera packs a host of advanced features that allow operators to take full advantage of its formidable imaging power.

Advanced optical systems, camera control systems and high-capacity data recording systems have all helped contribute to the success of a recent real-world trial conducted by the IOE as part of a national aerial remote-sensing system.

A statement released by the Chinese Academy of Sciences celebrated the IOE3-Kanban as “currently China's highest pixel camera” and extolled the device's “high sensitivity and high dynamic range (HDR) features.”

The successful development of the IOE3-Kanban 100-megapixel camera comes on the heels of the IOE's previous triumph, having developed an 81-megapixel camera during China's 10th Five Year Plan period between 2001 and 2005. (via IBN Live and IT Sohu)