A photo taken with a conventional 12-mm wide-angle lens (middle) has considerably less resolution than one taken with a monocentric lens (bottom)
Another example of the difference in resolution between shots taken with a regular camera (top) and the monocentric lens system (bottom)
The UC San Diego system (left) as compared to the lens and electronics of a Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR
When it comes to capturing visual information in photographs, you typically have two choices – use a wide-angle lens to capture as many parts of a scene as possible, or use a close-up lens to better capture the details of one of those parts. However, with a new camera system developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, you can do both at once. What's more, the lens used in this system is just one-tenth the volume of a conventional wide-angle lens.
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