KronTech has announced two new high-speed cameras. The two models are the Chronos 4K12 and the Chronos Q12 2K camera, which pair high-resolution slow-motion video at up to 4,900 and 1,000 frames per second with the convenience of a point-and-shoot style form factor.
Engineered for peak performance and exceptional value, both cameras are purpose-built to be user-friendly and highly portable.
With a mantra of “unbox, power on, and start shooting,” users can focus on the subject, rather than the setup. Let’s take a quick look:
The Chronos 4K12 captures 4K video at over 1,000 frames per second with both RAW and compressed file outputs.
The camera has a built-in 1TB NVMe SSD hard drive, a 5-inch touchscreen display, and the choice of up to five different lens mounts including C-Mount, E-Mount, F-Mount, EF-mount, and micro four-thirds.
Additional mounts can also be purchased as accessories, though there is no word on what the retail price for each mount will be. Each mount will, however, come with a complete shim kit to dial in the lens sharpness when changing the mount.
The camera can buffer data from either a 64 GB or 128 GB memory buffer, and users can either save to the camera’s internal SSD drive, trim shots via the playback screen, and then quickly transfer via dual USB-C ports.
There is also a WiFi connection or Ethernet connection available via a separate USB-C adapter, and a mobile app for remote control and sharing.
Users also have the option of capturing at a lower resolution and bit rate to boost the frame rate even higher. By dropping to 1080P, the frame rate can reach up to 3651 frames per second with 8-bit color, or 998fps with 12-bit color.
The camera can capture up to 29,002 frames per second with a small 128×32 aspect ratio.
Meanwhile, the 2K Chronos Q12 captures 2K high-definition video at up to 4,900 frames per second. All other features are the same with the Q12 capable of reaching a slightly higher frame rate of 29,411 frames per second of 8-bit HD video.
Pricing and availability
The Chronos 4K12 high-speed camera is available for preorder at a retail price starting at $14,495 for the 64GB memory buffer, or $15,995 with the 128GB memory buffer.
Likewise, the Chronos Q12 is available for preorder at a retail price starting at $19, 995 with the 64GB memory buffer, or $21,995 with the 128 GB memory buffer.
It’s also important to note that for preorders, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required when ordering either camera.
The first batch of the cameras are scheduled to begin shipping in February 2024 and March 2024 respectively, with additional batches scheduled for May 2024.
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