The prototype machine – dubbed AWARE2 – has the potential to take pictures with resolutions of up to 50 gigapixels, equivalent to 50,000 megapixels, according to the team from Duke University in North Carolina.
It works by synchronising 98 tiny cameras in a single device.
The machine is likely to be used first for military surveillance.
In its current state the researchers say it can take one-gigapixel images at up to three frames per minute.
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