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Worldwide Pixel Shortage Looming
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Author:  Bobharbison [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:33 am ]
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Of interest to all the digital photographers in the group...

Megapixels are important components in any digital imaging device. With digital cameras, cell phones and tablets like the iPad all having digital cameras, demand is at record levels.

Megapixel supply shortages will extend into the first half of next year as an accelerating Megapixel battle more than doubles the pace of growth in global consumption even as mines extract a record amount of megapixels. The attached photos shows the Big Megapixel Mine in Canonikon China, one of the largest megapixel mines in the world, and as you can see, the mine is already very deep. It is unclear just how long before it will be mined out.

Demand will outpace supply by 316,000 metric tons in the first six months, more than all pixels in London Metal Exchange warehouses, Arclays Plc estimates. Production has lagged behind consumption since 2012, when the Nikon D800 was introduced. With a 36 megapixel sensor, we simply couldn't supply pixels fast enough! The wait time for a new D800 was months when they were first introduced, due to the shortage.

Canon has also increased demand, with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 22 megapixels. Demand for this camera has been very strong, and demand for the D800 and D800e continues to be high.

The United States, which uses 51 percent of the world’s megapixels, is rebounding from seven quarters of slowing growth. Housing starts in the U.S., the second-largest consumer, reached a four- year high last month. Japan continues a very strong demand for cameras and cell phones with high resolution cameras and business confidence unexpectedly strengthened in Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, and the third largest consumer of pixels.

“U.S. growth will continue and Europe is increasingng, so the demand will continue to grow. It all falls back to China, and whether they can find new veins of pixels” said Dominic Schnider, Singapore-based global head of non-traditional assets at UBS AG’s wealth-management unit.

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Author:  wilkinsd [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:47 am ]
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Pictured is Rio Tinto Group's Brigham Canyon Pixel Mine near Salt Lake City.

Author:  bigjim4life [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 1:24 pm ]
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There we go...now this is a good one :D

Author:  wesp [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:18 pm ]
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Here you go.

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Author:  Bob Davis [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:21 pm ]
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Indeed, Megapixel production has increased to the point that the off-highway trucks can't keep up with the output. Railway museums with large electric mine locomotives have been contacted as part of a feasibility study for adding an electric railway to the mine.

Author:  Al Stangenberger [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:50 pm ]
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Grant Swinger, Executive Director of the Center for the Absorption of Federal Funds, announced that Breakthrough Institute has been awarded a federal grant to develop a genetically-engineered strain of E. coli which will generate organic pixels as a byproduct of decomposing garbage.

These organic pixels will be welcomed by photographers who dislike inorganic pixels and the tremendous excavations required for their mining. The organic process also creates more pollution than it consumes. We feel that this process can only grow.

Author:  Bobharbison [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 3:52 pm ]
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Using e-coli and waste to generate pixels? Isn't that what YouTube has been doing for years?

Author:  Richard Glueck [ Sun Apr 07, 2013 7:53 pm ]
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Oh! The humanity!

Author:  mikefrommontana [ Sat Apr 13, 2013 5:21 pm ]
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It should be noted that Rio Tinto only mines color saturated pixels of the Red, Green and Blue families. White pixels supplies have been dwindling, but the decline in use of monochrome displays has improved the long term prospects for this critical commodity.

Michael Seitz
Missoula MT

BTW, the Rio Tinto groups is an actual mining conglomerate. Which probably wishes is could mine pixels.

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