New Camera Captures 4 Billion Pixels Per Second

How do you figure that? 33MP at 120fps. That's right -- 33 megapixels! Data transfer rate is 51.2Gbps! This is the camera that NHK built to supposedly replace HDTV "one day?" While we won't see this replace HDTV for years and years, it's an impressive feat, but one that might also fill a hard drive or ten a little too quickly.

Why 120fps? Originally planned to be 60fps, the camera became a 120fps beast when its designers at NHK decided that images might seem too blurry on a screen as large as the one that might one day be made to take advantage of this full resolution.

Really, though, current HDTVs are 1920x1080 pixels: that's two megapixels. 2K and 4K monitors are just coming out...and no one can afford the latter. I just can't see this being something that even the not-so-near future holds in store for us.


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RUSS's picture

DAMN :-) I LOVE TECH! i want one. (no idea how to use it) BUT I WANTS ME ONE!

Nathan Cain's picture

As much as I love the hyper-real displays engineers are coming up with, one thing still seems to escape the majority of people wanting these displays.  Bandwidth.  As mentioned above the 51.2 GBps is not something I think we will ever see, based not only on our (United States) current infrastructure, but anything in the next 20 years.  While 4k displays may very well have a place in the movie houses, editing bays and even home theaters I highly doubt we will be watching World Cup 2022 from Qatar on them.  My BR player throughput is upwards of 32mbps on my 1920 x 1080 tv,  and without a major overhaul of our fiber optic and broadband, and the stratospheric price that goes along with it, I'm pretty sure 128MBps and higher bandwidth necessary for broadcast will take more time than the manufactures of these devices would need to bring them to the market.

Gigabits sir Nathan, not Gigabytes


Brian Williams's picture

Note all your comments. . . I remember saying, "There is no way I could fill a 2gb hard drive!" In 10 years we may all remember this post thinking, "wow was I wrong".