Today we received the Chronos 1.4 camera from krontec.ca and we had just about 2 hours of overcast sunlight to give it a test drive. We have big expectations for this affordable slow motion Kickstarter project camera and will be putting it through its paces soon enough. We are sharing our first-day production camera test footage which you might find interesting.
We were able to adapt our Canon glass with the help of a C-Mount to EOS mount adapter and it really makes a difference in sharpness and glass quality compared to C-Mount lenses. Not to say that the kit lens is bad by any means but it is simply not to the standards of full frame legendary Canon glass. It is a big plus to be able to adapt almost any lens to the Chronos which opens up a lot of experimentation possibilities.
Lenses we tried today are the following:
- Canon EF 70-300 4-5.6 IS USM
- Canon 400mm L 5.6 Prime Lens
- Canon 100mm Macro USM
- Computar 12.5-75mm F/1.2 C-Mount Kit – Lens
There are a lot of good things to say about the camera like the tough all metal case, an assortment of IO ports, flawless recording, touch screen operation and lens adaptability among others. Our favorite feature so far is the ease of operation as recording on the field is simple and effective with in-out points to trim footage. The Codec in MP4 is hefty and does well with mild color grading.
There are a few quirks that have to be ironed out in software which we will try to help solve, and we are essentially testing the first production units along with other Kickstarter Early Bird backers. The camera can only improve from here and needless to say, it is quite good as first impressions go. See the footage below of our first day with the camera at 720p 1502fps.
Chronos 1.4 Production Footage Day 1:
You can get more information about the Chronos 1.4c camera at: http://www.krontech.ca/ – HSC