1Imaging Systems

The Production of Images

Currently, it has been estimated that around 70 billion photographs are produced annually worldwide and images are being produced at a rate of 2000 per second. Imaging is in a very rapid period of change and transformation. In the early 1980s there existed a single prototype electronic still camera and the desktop personal computer had just been invented but was yet to become popular and in widespread use. Currently, personal computers are almost everywhere, there are more than 125 digital cameras commercially available and new models are being released at ever-decreasing intervals in time. At the opening of the twenty-first century it is suggested that there are 120 million multimedia personal computers ...

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