Gated 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.





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.

User Publications

User Publications


User publications

Researchers around the world use the HiCAM in their studies. Below is an overview of the most recent publications describing research that was done using a HiCAM. For a complete overview of academic publications please refer to our overview of selected HiCAM publications.