Taking photography to a new level, the researchers have developed a camera that can capture about 5 trillion images in the blink of an eye. The camera is developed by researchers from Sweden’s Lund University.
This crazy camera can capture an astounding five trillion frames per second or can film events within 0.2 trillionths of a second. The cameras currently available in the market can capture as large as 100,000 frames per second.
These exciting features of the camera have made it’s the world’s fastest camera and the capabilities are named as FRAME or Frequency Recognition Algorithm for Multiple Exposures. But one should note that this is a film camera and not DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. The researchers say that the camera is developed to film rapid processes taking place in chemistry, physics, biology and biomedicine.
To demonstrate the camera’s features the researchers captured the images showing how light travels a distance equivalent to a thickness similar to the piece of paper. The time taken by light to travel the thickness of the piece of paper is just a picosecond. But researchers have slowed down this process by trillion times to capture images.
The FRAME camera uses coded light, unlike the regular light which is seen in the traditional camera. The coded light is one form of encryption provided by the camera. FRAME captures multiple coded images in a single picture and then separates them into a video sequence. The camera makes use laser flashes to check the filming content and each light pulse has a unique code. The object then reflects back the light flashes which is later on combined into a single photograph that is separated using an encryption key.
The camera can be used in applications where the researchers want to have better knowledge regarding the rapid processes taking place in nature. Interested users have to wait for 2 years to use FRAME camera and one of the German company have already designed a prototype of this camera. The study and its findings have been published in the journal Light: Science and Applications.