High speed cameras are specialist cameras that provide highspeed image capture while maintaining resolution. These cameras generally use highend CMOS sensors and can capture more than 1000 frames per second at megapixel resolutions. Due to the large amount of data being recorded and the limited bandwidth common to most digital interfaces, these products often record onto local memory and the images are then transferred at a slower rate for later analysis in an off-line mode. The high speeds of these cameras leave little time for light collection on the sensor, so it is necessary to use high-powered lighting in order to illuminate an event.
High-speed cameras are often used in applications where a minor mechanical error in a production line can cause a huge amount of waste.