Some of the biggest recent advancements in imaging technology have come in the form of video. Case in point, the new Ultra-High-Definition video camera made by NHK in Japan. This baby takes in 33-megapixel video at a mind numbing 120fps — that translates into an input of 4 billion pixels per second (count ‘em… it’ll take a while).
The cool thing is that unlike most crazy cameras, this one will actually be put to use; more specifically, it will be used to shoot footage for Japan’s 7580×4320 Super Hi-Vision format they’ve been developing for some time. Because the video is meant to be shown on wall sized screens, 60fps just wasn’t quick enough. So, in order to handle that 4 billion pixel per second output, NHK developed an entirely new analog to digital converter and put it to use here.
Sure, no applications to photography have yet been posited by the new technology, but we’ll soon be shooting stills using video cameras, remember?