The Canadian film Krontech, which successfully launched its low-cost high-speed Chronos high-speed camera back in 2016, released a new 2.1 version that can now be recorded in Full HD.
The company, founded ten years ago as a one-man band and founded by engineer David Kronstein, has released a new version of its compact, self-contained high-speed camera: Chronos 2.1. In keeping with their goal of making the world of high-speed images available to the masses who have delivered them again.
The Chronos 2.1 is a high-speed camera that's ready to shoot and fits in the palm of your hand. We are talking about real high speed, where a camera is not cranked up to 100 or 120 frames per second. Real high speed of 1000 fps which is usually ridiculously expensive to photograph.
The new model shares many specifications with its predecessor, but while the Chronos 1.4 had a maximum resolution of 1280 × 1024, the new Chronos 2.1 shoots in 1080p. In a world that is moving towards 4K delivery, the extra resolution is more than welcome.
Chronos High Speed Camera – The Facts
Chronos cameras work on the principle of "constant pixel throughput". This means that the data flow from the sensor to the camera's buffer memory is always a constant 2.1 gigapixels per second. The user can adjust the resolution to speed: the Chronos 2.1-HD offers up to 1,000 fps at full resolution and 24,046 fps at minimum resolution.
The resolution can be set in steps of 32 × 2. This picture shows some example combinations of resolution and frame rate.
As with most high-speed cameras, the Chronos is not stored directly on removable media. The camera writes the image data to an internal buffer. The new 2.1 model is available in 8 GB, 16 GB and 32 GB versions that can record recordings in 2.3, 2.5 and 11 seconds respectively. The camera can be triggered with TTL, switch lock, image change, sound, or accelerometer data depending on the application. When the buffer is full, the recorded clip must be written to the SD card or, alternatively, transferred to hard drives or flash drives via two integrated USB host ports. A 3G sSATA port is also available.
Please note: For example, swapping a full 32 GB buffer onto an SD card can take a while.
- Available in color or monochrome
- Support for CS, C, Nikon F, and Canon EF mount lenses available as field interchangeable options
- Focus peaking (focus assistant) and zebra exposure indicator
- BASE ISO 500 (color model), 1000 (monochrome model)
- Recording time: 2.75 s (8 GB), 5.51 s (16 GB) or 11.03 s (32 GB)
- 1 hour run time with locally replaceable EN-EL4a battery
- NEW: The Chronos 2.1 now has an HDMI video output
- Body dimensions: 155mm x 96mm x 67.3mm (6.11 "x 3.78" x 2.56 ")
- Weight: 1.06 kg
Chronos 2.1 high speed camera, housing with connectors
Prices and availability
The camera can be pre-ordered from Krontech's webshop for USD 4995.00. New camera orders are expected to ship in March.
Cameras with similar functions are much more expensive. Chronos is cheaper, with more features, smaller size, and better usability. However, it depends on the type of productions you are doing. However, if you have a high frame rate recording use case, the Chronos 2.1 is worth a look. More information is available on the Krontech website.
Do you have experience with high speed recording? Have you used the Chronos, are you planning to buy one, or do you have any questions? Please write them down in the comments below.