Articles, Biomechanics | March 28, 2023

High speed Cameras for Biomechanics Research and Development

Have you ever wondered how athletes’ movements are analyzed and optimized to achieve record-breaking performance? High speed cameras for biomechanics are the game-changers that enable analysts to capture micro-movements and understand the complex mechanics of human motion. In this blog post, we’ll take a closer look at how high speed cameras are revolutionizing the field of biomechanics and helping analysts, athletes and researchers reach new heights.

How do high speed cameras help with the study of structure, function and motion of the mechanical aspects of biological systems

High speed cameras are a specialized type of camera that can capture images at a very high frame rate, typically above 1000 frames per second (FPS). This allows them to slow down fast-moving objects or events and provide detailed information about the structure, function and motion of the mechanical aspects of biological systems. For example, baseball pitch and swing analysis is one sports application that greatly benefits from detailed motion analysis. It allows trainers to break down every aspect of a player’s pitch or swing and make recommendations on improvements. Golf is another sport that benefits from swing analysis.

High speed cameras have been used extensively in research studies to gain a better understanding of how the human body works. For example, they have been used to study the biomechanics in athletics and R&D product development, as well as to investigate the effects of impact forces on the skeletal system. Chronos high speed cameras have been used to study the dynamics of surgery, and in pharmacology with the delivery of medicines.

The use of high speed cameras has contributed greatly to the field of biomechanics and has led to new insights into the study of motion analysis. With their ability to provide detailed information about fast-moving objects or events, high speed cameras are an invaluable tool for researchers who are working to improve our understanding of how to improve performance.

What are high speed cameras?

High speed cameras are used to capture high speed events and are sometimes referred to as slow motion cameras since playback is in slow motion. They are actually high speed because they capture a much higher number of frames per second than a standard camera. Chronos cameras, for example, start at 1000fps and go up to 40,413 fps depending upon model. This is due to the unique sensor that allows that extremely fast capture of time-based events. These events can be anything from a bullet being fired to water droplets splashing. This is extremely helpful when trying to capture and analyze fast movements.

There are many different types of high speed cameras on the market, each with their own unique capabilities. The type of camera you will need will depend on the type of event you are trying to capture. For example, if you are looking to capture a swing analysis in baseball, you will require a more compact, portable high speed camera that can be set up in a field or batting facility. In this instance higher resolution, a colour sensor, and at least 1000fps is preferable.

If you are interested in capturing high speed footage, there are many factors that you will need to consider before purchasing a camera. The most important being, what your application is. Once the application is defined, you can start narrowing down your options and find the perfect camera for your needs.

What are some applications of high speed cameras in biomechanics?

There are a variety of camera applications in biomechanics, from the study of human movement for performance improvement, and animal or observation simply to observe natural motion in nature for documentary purposes. Chronos cameras were recently utilized by Virginia Tech for their study of bat flight biomechanics. The intent of the project was to observe, record, and analyze bat flight with the intent of reproducing it for next generation flying robots. If it sounds futuristic, it is, but it’s become a reality thanks to Chronos high speed camera. Read the Virginia Tech Bat Flight case study here. 

Another common use of high speed imaging is for automotive crash testing. In studying the effects of impact on materials or passengers. By understanding these effects, we can develop better methods for protecting people from injury.

Are there any drawbacks to using high speed cameras in biomechanics?

High speed cameras are more expensive than traditional cameras. This is mostly due to the sensor and processing requirements of high speed capture. Another is that they require approximately six times more lighting than traditional filming. A high quality mix of LED lighting is recommended, such as the Godox line of camera lights, which provide ample light for most applications. 


High speed cameras can be a highly useful tool for biomechanics research and are increasingly being used by researchers, analysts, and coaching staff. The high-resolution video provided by these cameras can help us better understand how the body moves and interacts with objects in their environment. By utilizing this technology, we can more effectively develop improvements in a range of applications in the field of biomechanics, including sports performance and even flying batlike robots. With the advances made in camera technology over recent years, this is an exciting time for those involved in biomechanical research.

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