Beyond the press, Youtube channel from Finland has posted an incredible video that showcases the power of 72 Chronos 1.4 cameras in the Chronos Ring system to deliver 330,000 fps making it able to capture Oxy-Acetylene gas explosions at ridiculously slow speeds. It is so fast that a single camera would have to travel at 43.175 Kilometers/second which is over 5x faster than the International Space Station. That is the power of daisy-chaining slow motion gear that is considerably inexpensive compared to high priced options and giving you incredible results. Props for the Team at Krontech.ca for sharing their system with the world. More info about the Chronos Camera and the Chronos Ring at: https://www.krontech.ca
As 2018 comes to a close it is time to look back through the year’s camera releases and see which delivered quality at an affordable price in slow motion. Phone slow motion options above 480fps were a big surprise this year and the frame rate quality improved in other cameras up to 240fps.
There has been a stagnation in the mid to professional camera range at the 240fps with no big improvements afterward. The best quality and value once again came from the Chronos 1.4c from Krontech and the edgertronic cameras which offer professional quality results at a very reasonable price. Read on for our best of 2018 results!
The end of 2017 is upon and its time to look back through the year’s camera releases and see which delivered quality at an affordable price in slow motion. HD quality slow motion options took a big leap this year in the phone space and on new entrants in the semi-professional camera fields. It was quite a year in many respects!
Many promised cameras still have not seen the light of day which means they will not be counted in the running. Only cameras that are shipping in quantity with a reasonable wait time and available now are being considered for this post. We will still make note of what may be coming soon for high-speed enthusiasts.
David Kronstein has published a walkthrough video of the Krontech warehouse, assembly installations, and offices located near Vancouver Canada, in what could be described as a rapid expansion of a startup that just a year ago was just coalescing. With now 337 Chronos 1.4c cameras shipped to Kickstarter backers and also direct purchase buyers; this is a significant number of units for any high-speed camera and we can probably expect that number to increase!
David also goes shares his thanks to the people who helped make the camera project possible and where the company can grow from here. We expect great things from Krontech not that they have shown the ability to mass produce gear that works and as it continues to improve with software releases. We are excited about their future and congratulate them on their success thus far.
The Chronos 1.4 Camera is getting its first firmware update from 0.1 to 0.2 to add a few feature, correct a few bugs and some interface changes. The update is recommended for all owners and it is very easy to install. Be sure to have a FAT32 formatted USB stick in order to perform the update as it needs the root directory for file discovery.
We applied the update on our camera and were pleasantly surprised that the actual software update did not need the camera to be turned off after. It seems that the Chronos team is making updates on the internal SD memory and not on a firmware chip which also means you cannot brick the camera by updating. Very cool feature!
We would like to share a few modifications users of the Chronos 1.4 have made to the camera in the few short weeks they have had to put it through its paces. In our case, we got the Pro AM 5″ Sunshade for LCD screens and had great success curing what could have been a big nuisance for the camera. In bright daylight, the Chronos screen completely washes out like most phones out there and makes it impossible to judge focus, controls and reviewing clips.
There are also case mods and more strap accessories that have made the camera better. While the software is still in the early stages, the camera is fully functional and has been able to deliver outstanding image quality. There are a few image artifacts that firmware will address in the future, that are pushing back our full review of the camera. For those that have been asking, rest assured we are on it!