Canon's Single-Shot Multi-Band 50-Megapixel Camera Sees Colors the Human Eye Can't

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You're not seeing the full picture—the picture that the world's first single-shot multi-band camera can see, because it's got six color filters mounted on its 50-megapixel CMOS sensor. Here's what it sees:

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Traditionally, this kind of shot would require manually exchanging out the color filters and multi-shooting, but the six color filters on this camera allow it to distinguish colors that neither the human eye, nor traditional RGB three-color camera systems can see in a single shot. Little more than a lens on a brain, don't expect to see it show up in your point-and-shoot anytime soon. (Canon's using a bit of simulation magic to illustrate what the camera's capable in this demo, obviously.)

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DISCUSSION

SandyEggo
SEDAGIVE?!

I noticed the other day while using my webcam that I could see the IR bulb light up on my remote control in the image on screen.

So, the webcam on my laptop can see colors that I can't, too.