World's Fastest Camera Uses Lasers to Boost Images

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Keisuke Goda's team at UCLA have built the fastest camera ever, which takes an upwards of a whopping 6.1 million pictures per second, at a shutter speed of 440 trillionths of a second.

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Possibly the most frustrating part of photography is the age-old trade off between light sensitivity and speed. Using a fast shutter speed means less light enters the camera, usually leading to underexposed, dingy images. However, by using new Serial Time-Encoded Amplified Microscopy (STEAM) technology, scientists have overcome these limitations.

The STEAM camera illuminates objects with an infrared laser that emits a different wavelength for each pixel captured. The camera's sensor then electronically amplifies the original, dim signal with a matching wavelength until it becomes visible.

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Compared to the multi-million-pixel images produced by standard digital cameras, the current STEAM prototype only produces images composed of just 3,000 pixels. Yet there is a multi-megapixel camera in the works that the scientists hope will be competitive against consumer cameras. [WiredThanks Mark!]

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3000 pixel resolution is an image 60 pixels by 50 pixels. 0.003 Megapixels.

Woo Hoo - 6 million frames per second windows icons!

Nothing to see here. Please move on. (And the UCLA team should be ashamed for even admitting to such crapulance!)