4.8 million frames per second – for just ⅒ the price of other ultra-fast cameras

(Image credit: Optica)

Capturing high-speed events, like falling water droplets or molecular interactions, typically requires expensive ultra-fast cameras. However, a breakthrough by researchers offers a more affordable solution for various applications – including real-time drug delivery monitoring and high-speed LiDAR systems for autonomous vehicles.

In a recent paper in scientific journal Optica, Jinyang Liang of Canada's Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, with Concordia University and Meta Platforms, unveiled the Diffraction-gated Real-time Ultra high-speed Mapping (DRUM) camera. It achieves imaging speeds and resolutions like costly high-speed cameras at a fraction of the cost, capturing dynamic events in a single exposure at 4.8 million frames per second. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.