Simply awesome: 

English:

http://www.jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/news/news_releases/release.sfe?id=...

En español:

http://es.engadget.com/2013/09/27/objetivo-angular-miniatura-ucsd/

The left one: Canon objective (yes, Canon), and the right one: new developed lenses

Washington, D.C., Sept. 25, 2013—A new type of miniature camera system developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, promises to give users a big picture view without sacrificing high-resolution.

 The new imager achieves the optical performance of a full-size wide-angle lens in a device less than one-10th of the volume of a regular lens.

It can image anything between half a meter and 500 meters away—a 1000x range of focus—and boasts the equivalent of 20/10 human vision—0.2-milliradian resolution. Such a system could enable high-resolution imaging in micro-unmanned aerial vehicles, or smartphone photos more comparable to those from a full size single-lens reflex (SLR) camera, the researchers say.

“The major commercial application may be compact wide-angle imagers with so much resolution that they'll provide wide-field pan and ‘zoom’ imaging with no moving parts,” said project leader Joseph Ford, a professor in the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego.

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Great article . Now only if it comes to market and is affordable .

Really amazing.

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