Scientists Announce Worlds Fastest Camera, Capable of Capturing 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second


Image Credit: Nature Photonics (2014) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2014.163

No, that’s not a typo. A team of 12 scientists from The University of Tokyo and Keio University, have developed a camera that is capable of capturing 4.4 trillion frames per second using a technology called Sequentially Timed All-optical Mapping Photography (STAMP) according to a release posted on According to the team, STAMP makes it possible for their camera to outperform current high speed cameras by achieving capture rates that are 1,000 times faster than any other known camera.

Rather than calling on mechanical and electronic shutters which slow down other high speed cameras, the STAMP system uses an optical shutter which allows it to repeatedly record images in just under one-trillionth of a second per image, each with a resolution of 450 x 450 pixels. Not an astounding image size to most photographers, but still good enough to allow the researchers to photograph things like chemical reactions.

It’s also been noted the team will continue to work on the camera to further improve its image quality and also reduce its size. At present, the camera is about a square meter in size. They hope to develop the camera into a much smaller version allowing for more portability, thus increasing the cameras accessibility.

Photo Credit: University of Tokyo

Photo Credit: University of Tokyo

As is, I would say the STAMP camera has a very limited use for most photographers, but I’m very curious to see when, or if, the innovative plans will influence the way consumer grade cameras are produced in the future.

You can read all the technical details on the original press release, including a diagram and short video that breaks down the step by step process.

[ via The Wall Street Journal |  Nature Photonics |

  • Kaji

    “: Scientists Announce Worlds Fastest Camera, Capable of Capturing 4.4 Trillion Frames Per Second –”<

  • Angela Bording

    Some people will still upload all the photos to Facebook.

    • Tiffany Mueller

      LOL!!! Too funny :)

  • Claudio Grieco

    Wouldn’t this mean that you’ll be able to see light travel 0,06(81) mm per frame?
    So this has already been improved, WOW!

  • Photog

    If my quick calculations were correct, it would take around 5581 years to watch the video @25 fps and the (uncompressed) video itself would require ~304 petabytes of storage space.