Our of our readers Chinito Pinoy has shared a pretty remarkable video with us that we would like to share. It is upscaling of sub HD resolution high-speed video at 240p, 480p and 960p from the Sony RX10 IV at 480 and 960fps and the A7S Mark III at 240fps from Sub HD to 4k UHD.
Sony has released some white paper specs on a new Micro 4/3rds sensor that is as of now, the most advanced ever on the format considering the mix of Backside illumination, Stacked technology and high resolution color at 10 bits on full sensor read outs. The frame rates offered are also quite impressive with up to 1139fps at 0.46 Megapixels or 1760px Horizontal x 262px Vertical on the fastest range and 121fps at the full sensor area read-out at 20.9MP.
The Panasonic GH6 is coming later this year and it is estimated that this new sensor is actually the one that will be used on that camera. If Lumix technology can make full use of the sensor specs even for small fractions of time, we could have a killer slow motion mass produced camera. The VFR mode on Panasonic Lumix cameras has always been more than acceptable and they could breathe new life into the format if these sensor specs are used to their fullest. We expect at least 1080p at 240fps which will be a slightly stretched delivery from the 1760 x 1318 240.2fps mode listed on the sensor specs.
The team at Krontech.ca has been shipping the first units of the Chronos 2.1-HD 4/3″ Sensor high-speed camera to their customers and in turn, footage has started to become available online showing what this new super affordable 1080p slow-mo cam can do. We will be reviewing a unit in the future once the firmware is more polished and will give it a good spin to finally rank it in our camera guide.
At first glance, we have a very positive reaction to the footage shown. The noise control and per-pixel detail are excellent and a clear cut above what the much smaller 2/3″ sensor on the Chronos 1.4c was able to deliver. Larger sensors are a must for high-speed cameras to make use of more available light locations. We have gathered some excellent video examples that will let you have a pretty good idea of what you can shoot and at what quality level with this camera.
Chronos 2.1 HD Main Specs:
- 1080p, 4/3” format image sensor
- 2.1 gigapixels per second
- 1000fps @ 1080p
- up to 24 046fps at
- 8GB, 16GB and 32GB high-speed RAM buffer options for 2.7, 5.5 and 11.0 second record time respectively.
- High sensitivity base ISO of 500 (Color) and 1000 (Monochrome) enables shooting with modest lighting.
- l battery lasts for 1 hour of recording
- Runs indefinitely on AC adapter or external power source
- Many lenses supported: Nikon F, Canon EF and C mounts available as field-swappable options
- Starting at USD $5,000.00
Resolution and Frame Rate Table as of February 2020 (Could differ in future firmware):
There is also a new monthly newsletter on the Krontech website so you are up to date with the news on these cameras. https://www.krontech.ca/chronos-newsletter/
Cronos HD 2.1 First footage samples:
A few notes before you look at these video samples: These are early beta firmware samples which means that the quality will probably improve from here in several aspects. The most obvious will be the vertical column banding artifact that can show up on higher frame rates and less than ideal lighting conditions. We also see room for improvement in the color-science especially in reds and maybe some highlight tweaking.
However, at first glance, they look really good and a clear improvement from the earlier product from Krontech.ca the Chronos 1.4c. This camera can now go head to head with much more expensive competitors as the image quality has increased greatly. Enjoy the samples!
Water Drop Slow Motion by Laurent NICOLET:
Chronos 2.1 HD Initial test at 1000fps 2142fps 3385fps 5406fps by Scott Aichner:
There has been a lot of excitement about the OnePlus 6 for the past two weeks and while the slow motion feature is not the first feature you look for, it may be the biggest deal in phone slow motion in several years. The duration eclipses the competition by leaps and bounds at 3.75 seconds of recording vs 0.2s or 0.4s for the competition.
We have found a few samples that show the phone at 480fps 720p and 240fps 1080p quality which right off the bat show that the phone is capable but still a long way from competing with professional slow-motion cameras like the edgertronic series or Chronos 1.4 in both recording time and image quality. Even with all of these negatives, the OnePlus 6 does bring the technology forward by allowing phone users to record enough slow-motion footage to make it usable for publishing on the web or specific uses in education or sports analysis.
OnePlus 6 Initial Slow Motion Samples:
Let’s start with 1080p 240fps which may be the most used feature due to better quality.
Oneplus 6 1080p 240fps slow motion Zeitlupe by SportFotografie:
The full specs are official now and the OnePlus 6 is now considered a flagship phone by any measure you can throw at it. It has massive memory, speed and a price that will not break the bank at just $529 USD for the smaller capacity 64GB version. It has dual cameras and 4K shooting at 60FPS, 1080p at full 240FPS, and our favorite spec 720p at 480FPS.
Gone is the 960fps spec of phones like the Samsung Galaxy S9 & Sony Xperia XZ2 but with the added benefit of shooting 1800 frames of it which translates to 60 seconds playback “1 Minute” at 30p on the OnePlus 6. So an entire usable minute of slow motion at 720p will be a welcomed addition to any slow motion fans and while quality will have to be seen and analyzed, it already makes for a better overall experience than the 0.2 seconds recording of the competition.
OnePlus 6 Camera Specs:
Rear Camera – Main
Sensor: Sony IMX 519
Pixel Size: 1.22 µm
Dual LED Flash
Rear Camera – Secondary
Sensor: Sony IMX 376K
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
- 4K resolution video at 30/60 fps
- 1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps
- 720P resolution video at 30 fps
- Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps
- Super Slow Motion: 720p video at 480 fps for 3.75s or 1800 frames equivalent to 60seconds 1min playback at 30p.
- Video Editor
OnePlus 6 Impressions! by Marques Brownlee:
OnePlus 6 Leaks Confirmed! – Hands On by Linus Tech Tips:
Canon at CES 2018 was showing three CMOS sensor products that can be used in a variety of devices like DSLRs, Mirrorless, Surveillance, Manufacturing and Scientific experimentation. These new parts feature massive improvements in resolution, class-leading low light ability and a Global Shutter in one instance.
While none of the sensors could be named a really slow motion capable part, the 5 Megapixel 2/3″ sensor can scan the full chip at 120fps which may mean higher frame rates if using windowed resolution. The small size of the sensor also means it will need a lot of light to deliver a noise-free image. This sensor also sports a global shutter design which is perfect for high-speed applications.
The 3 Canon Sensors Below:
-5 Megapixel 3U5MGXS Global Shutter CMOS Sensor:
The 3U5MGXS global shutter image sensor employs a new pixel design introducing new drive readout and light guiding technologies significantly expanding the full well capacity, reducing noise, and contributing to the remarkably wide dynamic range with a power consumption of 500mW.
Equipped with a global shutter and all pixel progressive reading at 120fps, the 2/3″ sensor size, and pixel size of 3.4μm with 5.33 million effective pixels (2592 x 2056) easily allow for applications in machine vision and other industrial environments where smaller size and high performance are required. It is available in RGB and Monochrome.
White Paper for the Sensor: http://downloads.canon.com/sensors/Canon-White-Paper-5MP-Global-Shutter-CMOS-Sensor.pdf
-19 μm 35MMFHDXS Low Light Full HD CMOS Sensor:
The 19 μm FHD CMOS Sensor features high-sensitivity and low-noise imaging performance for the capture of full HD video in exceptionally low light environments. The larger pixel size of 19 μm x 19 μm alongside proprietary device design technologies helps to achieve higher sensitivity and an increased well depth. This 35mm CMOS sensor provides the largest 16:9 imaging area possible when used with Canon EF lenses. This sensor has already been used in the: ME20F-SH Low Light EF Camera.
AURORA skycam video: See the impossible with the new Canon ME20F-SH by AURORA skycam: