Old Flatbed Scanner + 50mm Lens = Amazing 130-Megapixel Scancam
And it helps that its creator is a great photographer
Tinkerers have been turning flatbed scanners into cameras for a while, but this version by a Japanese modder is one of the finest I’ve seen–both in technical execution and the incredible quality of the massive 130-megapixel images it creates.
Basically, this is the digital equivalent of a large-format view camera. Only even bigger. A mechanical implement moves the scanner’s CCD sensor over the image projected by the old Canon FD lens (he has other lens mounts, too). And here’s a still life, all 13,068 x 10,173 pixels of it:
Scancam Still Life
And a full-crop detail of the tiny print on the side of the battery:
Scancam Still Life Detail
Wristwatch, via Scancam