According to the Encyclopedia of World Climatology, lightning happens about 40–50 times per second worldwide; that translates into almost 1.4 billion flashes per year. But of the 1.4 billion that happen in 2011, we’re pretty sure this was the only one captured at 11,000 frames per second, turning a one second lightning flash into an incredible 6 minute experience. Read more…
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Researchers at the University of Tokyo recently developed a new system that they can use to track superfast moving objects in real time. Although high-speed tracking isn’t anything new, where their system differs is that instead of moving the camera itself they move two separate mirrors. One mirror controls the horizontal-axis of the image, the other the vertical.
The camera itself stays stationary, and it’s because of this that the system they’ve built can track an object with millisecond precision. Using the system they’re able to capture full HD video quality without missing so much as a beat… or even a tenth of a beat. No more missing that big play in the tennis or ping-pong match. In fact, in the future, your camera may not even have to shift on its tripod to follow the action.
Cinematographer Jim Geduldick was lucky enough to be the first to test out Vision Research’s new Phantom Miro M120 high-speed camera in the real world, and — luckily for the rest of us — is kind enough to share the results. Falling on the smaller, more rugged side of the Phantom line, the M120 is made to take, well, exactly the kind of footage Geduldick captured. The camera can shoot a whopping 1540 at full 1080p HD, and is estimated to cost anywhere from $25,000 to $60,000 — a bargain compared to the price tags on its more expensive siblings.