This High Speed Experimental Camera Can Make a Trillion Images Per Second

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A Japanese researcher has created a camera that goes up to ludicrous speed. You are probably familiar with the awesome Phantom Cameras that shoot a lot of the amazing slow-motion scenes you see in movies. Their flagship camera can capture up to a million frames per second at a very small resolution. Now, a Japanese researcher named Keiichi Nakagawa has created a camera (of sorts) that can record up to a trillion frames per second.

The camera uses something called Sequentially Timed All-Optical Mapping Photography (STAMP) and is used for capturing atoms doing whatever it is atoms do in a laboratory setting.

STAMPSTAMP. Credit: Keiichi Nakagawa/ University of Tokyo

While this kind of photography doesn’t really have a practical use for us as shooters, it is a cool reminder about how quickly technology is evolving and solving problems.

Just think about that number for a minute: One trillion fps. Theoretically, if you had a camera that could shoot regular photos at that speed and you played it back like a typical 30 fps video, it would take more than a thousand years to watch the footage captured in a single second.

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