One of the most fascinating aspects about insects are their eyes and it looks like scientists at the Urbana-Champaign university in the US have been able to create a camera that functions in a similar way. The artificial insect compound eye has an array of 180 lenses which are mounted on a curved sphere surface.
The advantage of such an eye is that it has an extremely wide angle view and allows an amazing depth of field of vision and due to the shape, does not have he same distortion issues displayed by regular camera lenses. The prototype does not have a high pixel lenses so the image quality is somewhat low.
The future applications of such a technology include medical applications where it could be fitted onto a device to be used for endoscopic checkups. It could also be used in surveillance and provide a much more advanced picture than is currently available.