Japanese camera buff builds 130-megapixel scanner camera for next to nothing

The camera won’t fit in your pocket nor would it shoot anything faster than a sloth without blurring but for those pixel-loving camera enthusiasts out there, building your own a super-megapixel camera is relatively cheaper than splurging on a brand-new Sony A-900.

The scanner camera using parts from an Epson flatbed scanner and a Canon manual-focus lens

spyuge, a Japanese amateur photographer, has built a 130-megapixel camera using an old 1200-dpi Epson flatbed scanner, a vintage manual-focus Canon lens and a lot of ingenuity.

130 megapixels is over five times the megapixel count of Sony’s $3,000 24-megapixel flagship camera, which has the highest resolution among the full-frame, 35-millimeter DSLRs on the market today.

And the photos from the camera aren’t bad either.

How big is a 130-megapixel image from this scanner camera?

The images are huge: 13,068 x 10,173 pixels. (The standard resolution of an average sized computer monitor is about 1024 x 768 pixels.)

Here is a reduced version of a photo shot by the scanner camera.

And below is the full-resolution clip of the red rectangle from the photo above, showing the clearly legible address printed on the battery.

View the full-resolution 13,068 x 10,173-pixel image and other photos from the camera on flickr.