Let me tell you about Graham Flint and his ambitious 'Gigapxl Project'. He is a semi-retired physicist and a laser-weapons researcher who aims to reinvent photography in the early 21st century, making images a decade ahead in terms of resolution with his self-designed and self-built camera.
The photographs taken with his camera provide the sharpest clearest images of four gigapixels in resolution, or 1,000 times the capability of the average Elph or Coolpix. It uses huge 9-by-18-inch frames of Kodak film, at $1,200 a roll. Not content with regular camera lenses, he and a friend, Paul Weissman, built an ultra-wide-angle, extra-sharp lens, dubbed the Asymmagon, to complete his project. His project opens up the possibility of high-altitude surveillance photographs from feet of 300.