Meet the world's fastest laser camera: shoots at 12.5 BILLION frames per second!

World's fastest laser camera
(Image credit: Future)

If you thought the Fujifilm X-H2S or Canon EOS R6 Mark II were rapid-fire shooters with their 40fps burst modes, it's time to thoroughly recalibrate your expectations of speed. That's because boffins in Sweden have come up with a camera that can record at 12.5 BILLION frames per second. Yikes!

As you can probably tell, this is no ordinary camera - you won't find it being used at the next Olympics. This is in fact a laser camera designed for studying the scientific world of  lightning-fast combustion of hydrocarbons, to find out what happens to a material that is burned in different conditions. This is achieved by photographing the material in a two-dimensional layer, known as LS CUP (single-shot laser sheet compressed ultrafast photography). Then by studying the sample from the side, researchers are able to observe the reactions and emissions occurring across space and time.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.