Electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have come up with a camera that can create images with unprecedented detail.
According to PhysOrg the camera's resolution is five times better than 20/20 human vision and can show a 120 degree horizontal field.
The camera can snap 50,000 megapixels of data, when most cameras can manage only eight to 40 megapixels.
The researchers think that as the electronic components of the cameras become miniaturised and more efficient, the next generation of gigapixel cameras should be in the shops.
Details of the new camera were published online in the journal Nature. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) backed the prototype's development.
Researcher David Brady said that each microcamera captures information from a specific area of the field of view. This data is then stitched together by the CPU into a highly detailed image. They noticed that the camera can capture images of things that photographers cannot see themselves but can then detect when the image is viewed later.