If you want to film at 1000fps in HD resolution without the budget for a Phantom Flex, here's your chance. The Chronos 2.1-HD camera is now available to order.
We covered the Chronos 1.4 back when it was a wee Kickstarter project back in 2016. Since then Kron Technologies, the company behind it, has made leaps and strides both as a company and in terms of products. Now employing 14 key staff it is now very much beyond a Kickstart based start-up, and would appear to have some serious brains behind it.
The company, based in Canada, is the brainchild of David Kronstein, who wanted to bring high quality, high speed filming to the market without the costs associated with traditional cameras.
It's was a noble, and much needed quest. Until now if you wanted to film around the 1000fps mark you'd need to hire a Phantom, which usually comes with the added requirements of a support technician as well as the cost of glass in addition to the main camera hire.
Sure, you could use a camera like the Sony NX80, which can also go to the dizzying heights of 1000fps, but then you are looking at a very restricted recording buffer as well as much reduced picture resolution.
The Chronos 2.1-HD, as the name suggests, records to HD resolution. The observant amongst you will note that this is not 4K, however given the size of the camera and the alternatives, HD is a very viable resolution to have. Notably if you run it at lower resolutions it can record at a rather astounding 24,046fps, making it extremely usable for serious motion analysis.
The camera itself looks very simple, like a very industrialised mirrorless style box. Although there are tell tale signs that this device is a bit more serious a prospect with its clearly visible fan cooling vents and solid metal connectors on the side.
It does still record to an internal buffer, but when you're recording at frame rates like this
Chronos 2.1-HD main features:-
- Available in colour or B&W sensor variations
- 8, 16, and 32GB internal memory options giving 2.5, 5.5, and 11 second record times respectively
- Base ISO of 500 for the colour model, and 1000 for the monochrome for shooting without the need for high powered lightin
- Untethered operation using the internal battery for 1hr runtime. The camera can also be powered off DC power indefinitely
- Focus peaking and zebras for focus and exposure assistance
- Mounts available in Nikon F, C mount, and EF mount. All of these are field swappable
The Chronos 2.1-HD starts at $4995 for the body only and goes up from there depending on how you configure it. Find out more on the Kron Technologies website.
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