LAS VEGAS--Maybe BetterLight's 384-megapixel Super 8K-HS scanning camera is just too wimpy for you.
The company's products are geared for professionals with demanding needs in areas such as landscape or catalog photography. The new Super 10K-HS, announced Thursday here at the Photo Marketing Association trade show, is intended in particular for reproducing artwork or museum artifacts such as scrolls.
Technically, BetterLight doesn't sell cameras, but rather camera "backs" that attach to high-end large-format cameras. The products are essentially scanners with a moving sensor element; taking a full-resolution photo takes a minimum of nearly two minutes. But you get a 794MB file that can provide 300 pixel-per-inch resolution for a poster measuring 34 by 45 inches, according to the company.
This kind of gear doesn't come cheap. The Super 10K-HS costs $22,995. The price difference compared to the $17,995 Super 8K-HS itself is larger than a high-end digital SLR such as Canon's new $4,000 EOS-1D Mark III.