The GIGAmacro Professional Photography System is specifically designed for creating gigapixel resolution imagery of macroscopic and microscopic subjects (Gigapixel Macro Photography). Our complete, turn-key system provides the robotics, optics, camera, software, and computing power to create Gigapixel Macro Photographs with ease. It combines the latest imaging advancements, software, hardware, and proprietary online gigapixel viewing technology into one system at an affordable price. Below are just a few features of the system.
- Astounding Resolution and Detail
With the resolving power of a scientific grade microscope, the system can reveal minute detail across the entire subject area, and then assemble all the photographic data into a single, explorable Gigapixel Macro Photograph.
- Incredibly Efficient
Our software automates the process of capturing individual images, and uses the latest optimization techniques to minimize capture time. Now, thousands of photographs can be taken automatically with just a few minutes of preparation.
- Easy to Use
With just an hour of remote online training, you can begin creating Gigapixel Macro Photographs. Set up the subject on the imaging area, enter the specifics desired in the final photograph, press the 'Go' button, and let the system do the rest automatically.
- Low Cost
We cannot provide a direct comparison of cost, because there are no systems on the market that match our capabilities!
The best comparison we can offer is the cost per megapixel (this determines the level of detail per image set). On average, the cost per megapixel of a GIGAmacro Professional Photography System is a fraction of consumer and professional systems. See the cost comparison chart below for details.
- Research and Innovation
Over the past five (5) years we have collaborated with leading institutions, researchers, and scientists to identify and overcome technical imaging barriers for both macro and microscopic subjects. In the process, we have brought together the best and most cost effective solutions and packaged them into the GIGAmacro Professional Photography System. We invite you to share your own research and education challenges with us; together, we can advance your analysis using this technology.
Diagram of Features:Click on image to view larger version.
Questions & Answers:
- How long does it take to create an image?
This is a particularly challenging question since each image can vary greatly in resolution, magnification, and size. In general, it can take just 15 minutes to an hour of hands-on labor, and 1 hour to 2 days of computational time to capture and process the individual imagery. Here's a brief overview...
Setup Time: Time required for a person to setup a specimen and start the capture process: 15 minutes to 1 hour
Capture Time: How long it takes to capture the individual photographs. The average capture rate is approx 800 individual photographs per hour. The higher the resolution, higher the magnification, and higher the size of the specimen...the greater the number of individual photographs needed.
Processing Time: How long it takes to merge the images together using automated computer software and processing. The average computational time for focus stacking, stitching, and uploading is approximately 300 images per hour.
- How much does a GIGAmacro Professional Photography System cost?
Our systems cost $45,000 USD. We custom configure each system to meet specific needs; costs can vary depending on the camera and lens options selected.
- What is included?
Nearly everything. The system is a turn-key unit that includes the fully assembled apparatus, camera, lens, lights, telecentric adapter, computer, software, online training, online viewing software, and support. All you need is an internet connection for the training.
- Do you provide training and support?
Yes. We back our systems 100% with training and support.
- Where are your systems currently being used?
Our most recent systems are currently employed at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, for use documenting specimens in the Vertebrate Paleontology and Entomology Departments, at the USDA Bee Research Laboratory, where the system is being used to capture gigapixel time-lapse imagery to study the causes of bee colony collapse disorder, and at the Northern Virginia Community College for use in studying Geology.