23-25 MAY 2017


The fastest camera in the world: 5 billion photos per second

The fastest camera in the world: 5 billion photos per second

A team of researchers from the University of Lund in Sweden has developed the world’s fastest camera, can capture 5 billion photos per second, which even allows you to capture light movement, surpassing 4.4 trillion photos per second Which could capture the hitherto fastest camera in the world ..

Thanks to this feature, the device can capture the ultra-fast processes of chemistry, physics, biology or medicine that until now could not be captured in images. With this camera, its discoverers have managed to capture the displacement of light, that is, have been able to portray as a group of photons move the distance that occupy the thickness of a folio.

To demonstrate the operation of this new technology, which they have christened the name of FRAME (Frequency Recognition Algorithm for Multiple Exposures), a German company has manufactured a prototype of this camera with which the team has managed to film the light.

How does it work?

The world’s fastest camera uses an algorithm that captures several coded images in a single frame and then sorts them into a video sequence. To do this, researchers expose what they are filming in the light of laser flashes, assigning each pulse of light a unique code, each laser is individually coded, which allows them to separate it from the rest to analyze and study them one. The object portrayed reflects these flashes, which merge into a single photograph, and subsequently the images are separated by an encryption key.

This means that if you recorded the blink of an eye with this camera, something that lasts less than half a second, it would take several centuries to see the recording if we reproduced it at 24 fps. If we take 83 years as an indicator of life expectancy for people born in Spain in 2016, it means that this person will live approximately 2,617,488,000 (2,69) seconds. You will live less seconds in your entire life than the amount of photos this camera can take in just one second.

For the scientists who have made the discovery of this new camera the speed record they have achieved is not the best thing they have done. Most interesting of its finding is the ability to capture changes of specific substances when they are occurring. A real revolution for scientists.

This device has been conceived in principle for its scientific use, since it will allow the researchers to obtain information that until now is unknown of processes that happen very fast. Thanks to the development of the sequence of billions of images per second, you can study explosions, plasma flashes, and brain activity of animals or chemical reactions. The camera is so fast that it even allows you to see how substances change in the same process. It is, therefore, oriented to purely scientific use. According to the university itself, this camera is ready for use. However, there are still several years until it can be commercialized.