Essentially what he has done is take the guts from an Epson flatbed scanner and created a medium-format digital camera. Pretty cool, right?
After extracting the scanner’s main board, sensor board and stepper motor, Morelli had to create a custom internal light for the scanner’s auto-calibration system. Without it, the scanner won’t even turn on.
With everything set, he then created a custom enclosure that doesn’t look all that different from a camera from yesteryear. What is different, however, is how it operates.
The camera lacks modern conveniences like a screen / viewfinder to help frame shots and needs to be connected to both an external battery and a computer to use (after all, it is a scanner at heart). Once it comes time to take a shot, the process can take as little as 15 seconds to as long as five minutes depending on the conditions and whatnot.
The 143-megapixel output is quite spectacular – we're talking about a 16-bit TIFF that can be as large as 1.2GB.
I don’t think anyone would argue that this isn’t exactly the most practical method for taking photographs but the ability to repurpose technology in such a way is extremely neat, not to mention the super-high resolution.
Below are some samples images captured from the scanner camera.