The $2,500 21,600fps Chronos camera smashes its Kickstarter goal on day one

Nov 25, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

The $2,500 21,600fps Chronos camera smashes its Kickstarter goal on day one

Nov 25, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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A few weeks ago, we told you about the new high speed slow motion camera, Chronos. Well, it went live on Kickstarter a couple of days ago, and was fully funded within just a few hours. And that number just continues to climb. With a CAN$65,000 (~$45,000) goal and 27 days left to go, it’s already reached a whopping CAN$187K (~$138,000).

With frame rates ranging from 1,057fps to 21,649fps, it’s the first truly affordable ultra high speed slow motion camera out there. A camera that’s been in development for the past decade by just a single man, David Kronstein, to even get it to this point is an incredible feat.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1714585446/chronos-14-high-speed-camera/

At a maximum resolution of 1280×1024 it shoots an already impressive 1,057fps. Bringing that resolution to standard 720p HD bumps that to 1,502fps. Going all the way down to the lowest resolution of 640×96 pixels gets a pretty insane 21,649fps.

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While most of us won’t want to go down to quite that low a resolution, 720p is still very viable. For more scientific purposes where simply being able to see anything at all at those speeds, the resolution won’t be a problem. For this kind of price, even the backyard scientists can’t complain.

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So what makes the Chronos different from almost every other kickstarter project out there? Well, instead of simply saying “Here’s what we want to do, give us money!”, David has created fully functional prototypes. He’s even sent several of them out to to some well known bloggers and vloggers in order to get some real world feedback and independent review.

One of the channels I follow myself on YouTube is Dave Jones’ EEVblog. While Dave isn’t really a videographer, he is an electronics engineer with many years of experience. He received a Chronos recently and posted a complete review on the vlog. As usual, Dave goes into some detail on the technical aspects of the camera in his typical Australian fashion.

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And when I say technical, he even goes so far as to test the heat output when it’s been under load shooting for 30 minutes. That 34.7°C is from the air being vented out of the fan, the case itself is quite a bit cooler.

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For a slightly more user friendly review, you can see Taofledermaus’ video on YouTube.

You can read more about the Chronos on David’s website, and back the project to get one of your very own over on the Kickstarter page. Stretch goals include WiFi dongle support at CAN$200K, and an Android remote control app at CAN$400K. It looks to me like those stretch goals are well on their way.

Do you incorporate slow motion into your work? What cameras do you use for it? Are you tempted by the Chronos? Have you already backed the project? Even if you’re not getting a Chronos, does the idea of such an inexpensive slow motion camera get you excited for the future of this technology? Let us know, and give us your thoughts in the comments.

 

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “The $2,500 21,600fps Chronos camera smashes its Kickstarter goal on day one”

  1. Craig Fouché Avatar
    Craig Fouché

    Dion

    1. Dion Theunissen Avatar
      Dion Theunissen

      That is cool

  2. Kim Brown Avatar
    Kim Brown

    Interesting…but, I’ll wait for the 2nd generation to come out…maybe it will be more reasonably priced..