The Digital Camera Revolution

Instead of imitating film counterparts, new technologies work with light in creative ways

By Rachel Ehrenberg, 11:10 AM January 12, 2012

Take a grainy, blurred image of a formless face or an illegible license plate, and with a few keystrokes the picture sharpens and the killer is caught — if you’re a crime-scene tech on TV. From Harrison Ford in Blade Runner to CSI, Criminal Minds and NCIS, the zoom-and-enhance maneuver has become such a staple of Hollywood dramas that it’s mocked with video montages on YouTube.

In real life, of course, no amount of high-techery can disclose data not captured by a camera in the first place. ...

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