New Ultrahigh-Speed Camera Revolutionizes Imaging

New Ultrahigh-Speed Camera Revolutionizes Imaging


Scientists from the Institut National De La Recherche Scientifique (INRS) in Canada, in collaboration with Concordia University and Meta Platforms Inc., have developed a groundbreaking camera that has the potential to revolutionize high-speed imaging. Named the diffraction-gated real-time ultrahigh-speed mapping (DRUM) camera, this game-changing innovation was recently presented in a research paper published in Optica.

Until now, capturing high-speed events like falling water droplets or molecular interactions required the use of extremely expensive cameras, often costing over $100,000. These specialized cameras were capable of capturing millions of images per second but were unaffordable for most individuals and organizations. The introduction of the DRUM camera aims to change this dramatically.

The DRUM camera operates on a diffraction-gating technique, which enables it to capture real-time ultrahigh-speed images. By utilizing this technique, the camera can record a sequence of images at an incredibly fast rate, providing crucial insights into fleeting phenomena that were previously difficult to observe.

With its ability to democratize ultrafast imaging, the DRUM camera holds significant promise for numerous applications in fields such as scientific research, medicine, engineering, and more. This technology breakthrough opens up opportunities for researchers and industry professionals to study and analyze fast-paced events in unprecedented detail.

This innovation represents a major step forward in the field of high-speed imaging by offering an affordable alternative to the existing costly cameras. The DRUM camera’s accessibility and affordability will empower a broader range of individuals and organizations to delve into the realm of ultrafast phenomena and gain new insights that can drive innovation and scientific advancements.


– Institut National De La Recherche Scientifique (INRS)
– Concordia University
– Meta Platforms Inc.
– Optica (research paper)