Intensified high-speed camera

The HiCAM is a gated intensified high-speed camera. It has an integrated fiber-optically coupled image intensifier, which offers a unique combination of high speed and sensitivity down to single photon level. Because the HiCAM does not need high intensity light sources, it is suitable for use in low-light level conditions.

 The High-Speed Intensified Camera (HiCAM) is a high-speed camera with a built-in image intensifier that can do high-speed imaging at low light levels.





Gas flame

Blue gas flames (mix Butane - Propane) with added sparkles recorded at 1000 fps (frame rate) and gating of 15 us (effective exposure time). Resolution: 1280 x 512 pixels.

Beating zebrafish heart

Recording of a beating zebrafish heart at 2000 frames per second with the Lambert Instruments HiCAM on a fluorescence microscope. The blood cells were stained with a DS-red fluorophore.


Cork burning in plasma

High-speed recording of a cork burning in plasma. Recorded with a HiCAM at 5000 fps.

Other applications

  • Super-slow motion combustion research for the automotive industry
  • Time-resolved imaging in plasma physics research
  • Dynamic phenomena in microscopy, e.g. Imaging the rotation of single molecules of ATPase
  • Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF)
  • Flow visualization and velocity measurements using Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV)
  • Time-resolved imaging of fluids for microfluidic research
  • Blood flow analysis
  • Time-resolved fluorescence






Framerate (Full Resolution)

Sensor Resolution

Internal Memory


Bit Depth

HiCAM 500M/S

500 fps

1280 x 1024 pixels

HiCAM 500M: 8 or 16 GB

HiCAM 500S: Camera Link

8 and 10 bit

HiCAM 540M/S

540 fps

1696 x 1710 pixels

HiCAM 540M: 8 or 16 GB

HiCAM 540S: CoaXPress

8 bit

HiCAM 1000S

1000 fps

1280 x 1024 pixels


HiCAM 1000S: CoaXPress

8 and 12 bit

The dual-stage image intensifier, specially designed for high-speed cameras, can be equipped with a variety of photocathodes; ranging from ultra violet to infra red. Adapting the photocathode will give maximum output brightness to enhance Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR). Moreover, the image intensifier is fiber-optically coupled to a CMOS sensor. This further increases SNR, as compared to a lens-coupled system.