Dang–and I thought 1,200fps was pretty impressive, but that’s so last week.
The camera fiends at Vision Research have trotted out the Phantom V12, a crowd pleaser said to be capable of grabbing 1MM images per second (if you can live with 256×8 resolution; resolution goes up as frame rate goes down). Their gear is “targeted at industrial applications ranging from biometric research to automotive crash testing,” they say. “Essentially,” opines Engadget, “this little bundle of joy is meant to be strapped into daredevil-type situations in order to grab as many photos as possible within a split second.” Check out the company Web site for videos of a popcorn kernel popping and more. [Via Jerry Harris]
The proliferation of these high-speed capture devices makes me remember a talk given last year at Adobe by Microsoft researcher Michael Cohen. He described the idea of “thick photos”–essentially taking little movies instead of single frames, making it possible to select the perfect moment in a series. This development will probably further irritate photo purists, but I’d like to see a camera maker take a run at the idea.