Spectral Instruments is showing off an enormous 112-megapixel 1100-series camera sensor that has a dynamic range so great that it can photograph the sun and the stars simultaneously. To avoid noise on those lengthy shots, SI has a clever solution — the chip is cooled to -100 degrees Celsius (-148 degrees Fahrenheit), which allows for exposures that can last for hours while remaining crisp and clean. The 95mm x 95mm (3.7-inch) sensor is normally used in space telescopes, but the company has an idea: could it pack the sensor's capabilities into something that a regular photographer can use?
Spectral Instruments' 112-megapixel sensor can photograph the sun and the stars in daylight
Spectral Instruments' 112-megapixel sensor can photograph the sun and the stars in daylight/
Spectral Instruments 1100-series camera sensor is normally found in space telescopes, but the company wants to see what professional photographers can do with the massive 95mm (3.7-inch) sensor.