Chronos 4K12 and Q12 high-speed cameras shoot over 29,000 FPS

Nov 15, 2023

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Chronos 4K12 and Q12 high-speed cameras shoot over 29,000 FPS

Nov 15, 2023

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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Chronos 4K12

Kron Technologies has announced two new high-speed cameras. The Chronos 4K12 (buy here) and Chronos Q12 (buy here). The new cameras are targeted at scientific and academic use, as well as cinematography and content creation.

The Chronos 4K12 offers 4K DCI slow motion at up to 1,397 frames per second and up to 29,002fps at minimum resolution. The Chronos Q12 Shoots 2K at up to 2,782fps and 29,411fps at minimum resolution.

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Chronos 4K12 – A 4K slow-motion upgrade

The two new cameras bump up the resolution over the company’s previous cameras. The Chronos 1.4 maxed out at a modest 1280×1024 resolution at 1,096fps. It also maxed out at a whopping 40,413fps at its lowest 320×96 resolution.

The Chronos 2.1-HD, as the name suggests, bumped the resolution up to 1920×1080 at 1,000fps. It lost a little of its max frame rate, though. At its lowest 640×96 resolution, its top speed was only 24,046fps.

Chronos 4K 12 rear and connections

The new Chronos 4K12 shoots up to 4K DCI resolution (4096×2160) at up to 1,397fps, beating both previous cameras in terms of max resolution and frame rate at that resolution. Its fastest speed is 29,002fps, but you need to drop all the way down to 128×32 for that.

A great dual-purpose compromise

For many cinematic and filmmaking needs, where people tend to shoot 4K, 1,397fps is going to be fast enough for most uses. It’s typically scientific and research needs that demand faster frame rates, where resolution isn’t often as important.

It has a massive throughput of 11.8 gigapixels per second, with 64GB and 128GB memory options. This sounds like a lot, but in real time, that’s 5.5 or 11 seconds of record time, respectively. Eleven seconds at 1,397fps works out to be about 10 hours and 40 minutes of playback.

Chronos Q12

Fortunately, you’re able to scrub through your shots in-camera. A terabyte of built-in NVMe storage lets you save your keepers and easily transfer them to your computer for editing.

Chronos Q12 – 2,782fps of slow-motion goodness

The Chronos Q12 isn’t quite as high resolution as the Chronos 4K12. It shoots almost-square 2K footage at 2048×2016 resolution. But it does it at up to 2,782 resolution. This is ideally suited to those scientific and educational YouTube channels who want to slow down fast reactions and events.

It comes with the same 64GB and 128GB RAM options, but offers slightly longer clip time. The 64GB option lets you shoot clips up to 5.9 seconds while the 128GB version provides 11.8 seconds.

Chronos Q12 Mounts

The throughput of the Q12 is also 11.8 gigapixels per second. It also has the same 132×16 resolution. The Q12, however, eeks out 29,411fps, slightly more than the 4K12.

Bringing down the price of slow-motion

The Chronos cameras have placed super-fast slow-motion footage into the hands of the masses. Well, more masses than prior to its existence. The other big player in the slow-motion game is Vision Research. This is the company that makes the Phantom line of cameras seen on channels like The Slow Mo Guys.

Phantom slow-motion cameras cost a relative fortune, though. If you want to buy one, you won’t get much change after mortgaging your home to find the funds.

Kron Technologies, on the other hand, brought slow-motion cameras down to below $5,000 with the Chronos 1.2. The new Chronos 4K12 and Q12 cost a little more than the 1.2, but they’re no more outrageous than something like the Sony F5 (buy here).

Chronos 4K12 & Q12 Specs

There are far too many specs to list here, but here are the basics.

Chronos 4K12Chronos Q12
Sensor Size4/3″Super 35mm
Crop Factor2x1.6x
Max Resolution4096×21602048×2016
FPS @ Max Res1,397fps2,782fps
Throughput11.8Gbps11.8Gbps
Memory 64GB, 128GB64GB, 128GB
Record time @ Max Res5.5s (64GB), 11s (128GB)5.5s (64GB), 11s (128GB)
Formats (Uncompressed)CinemaDNGCinemaDNG
Formats (Compressed)H.264/AVC & H.265/HEVC,
MPEG-4 File Format
H.264/AVC & H.265/HEVC,
MPEG-4 File Format
Bit Depth8, 10, 12-bit8, 12-bit
Storage1TB NVMe1TB NVMe
ISO Sensitivity (Mono)100, 150, 200, 400200, 280, 400, 600
ISO Sensitivity (Colour)200, 300, 400, 800400, 560, 800, 1200
Shutter TypeGlobal (Electronic)Global (Electronic)
Dynamic Range11.3 Stops11.3 Stops
Standard Lens MountUniversalUniversal
User-installable MountsC-Mount, E-Mount, F-Mount, EF-Mount, MFTC-Mount, E-Mount, F-Mount, EF-Mount, MFT
Infrared FilterRemovableRemovable
DimensionsUnspecifiedUnspecified
Weight1.32kg1.32kg

Price and Availability

The Chronos 4K12 is available to pre-order now from $14,495 and is hoped to begin shipping in February 2024. The Chronos Q12 is available to pre-order now from $19,995 and is aiming for a March 2024 shipping date.

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22 responses to “Chronos 4K12 and Q12 high-speed cameras shoot over 29,000 FPS”

  1. Matthew Garland Avatar
    Matthew Garland

    Daniel Towns

  2. Hassan Beydoun Avatar
    Hassan Beydoun

    I clicked on the link thinking it was exaggerated and it said:
    “The new cameras are targeted at scientific and academic use, as well as cinematography and content creation.”

    Just so I can better grasp this concept, is there a more specific example people have used these cameras for the job? Not dogging or bashing the camera just genuinely wondering, what is it scientifically it can do that say a Fujifilm or Sony DSLR cannot do?

    1. Dustin Lawson Avatar
      Dustin Lawson

      Hassan Beydoun It’s a slow motion camera. It shoots at really high framerates.

    2. Craig Seeman Avatar
      Craig Seeman

      Hassan Beydoun Take a look at someone who does product and brand videos such as Daniel Schiffer.

    3. Arata Yamaoka Avatar
      Arata Yamaoka

      Hassan Beydoun I think this is good to check the form for athletes in any sport, for example.

    4. Brandon Hansen Avatar
      Brandon Hansen

      Hassan Beydoun nearly 29k more frames a second. That’s what it can do over those other cameras.

    5. Jon Turner Avatar
      Jon Turner

      Hassan Beydoun high frame rate camera. So many things youve watched by now that have been filmed with stuff like this.

      High frame rate stuff is used ALOT now. Some things require more than the standard 60fps found on a cell phone.

      Fuji and Sony can do similar but significantly lack the frame rate power.

    6. Matt Stegmeir Avatar
      Matt Stegmeir

      Hassan Beydoun these are cheap, low-end high speed cameras that are also worlds different in capability from a DSLR. There’s zero overlap.

    7. Matt Stegmeir Avatar
      Matt Stegmeir

      Hassan Beydoun better-quality high speed cameras from more established companies are frequently/typically more like 2x-10x (or more, limk a tmx7510 for example) the price.

      For the extra cost you might have maximum fps 10x-100x faster at higher resolution and/or much greater sensitivity.

  3. Bruce Avatar
    Bruce

    The math in this article doesn’t quite add up, pardon the pun. It says: ”
    Eleven seconds at 1,397fps works out to be about 10 hours and 40 minutes of playback.” but 11 seconds of 1,397 fps is 15,367 frames, which would play back in 10 minutes and 40 seconds at 24 fps, not 10 hours.

  4. Russ Henderson Avatar
    Russ Henderson

    Should lend one to Casey on Camera Conspiracies YouTube channel – he’d love this.

  5. Scott Randall Avatar
    Scott Randall

    Arduino, or Raspberry Pie?

  6. Scott Randall Avatar
    Scott Randall

    Did you see the price? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

    1. Sonny Moka Avatar
      Sonny Moka

      Scott Randall how much? Bet it’s $29k too, a dollarbucks per fps

    2. Sonny Moka Avatar
      Sonny Moka

      Oh $15 and 20k, close enough but yeah way too much for me but 5k is good for those that really want to get in to it

  7. Matt Barker Avatar
    Matt Barker

    Scott Randall it is shockingly cheap, especially compared to the standard 4K flex that only shoots 938fps of 4K for about $170,000.

  8. KidRon Burgandy Avatar
    KidRon Burgandy

    It’s easier to study fast moving objects when you can slow them down by filming them at a higher frame rate. That’s why it can be used for science.

  9. Nejad Bagherzadeh Avatar
    Nejad Bagherzadeh

    They were probably designed for Chinese balloons, and now that that business has hit the rocks, they’re selling off the stock!

    1. Rostislav Silverside Alexandrov Avatar
      Rostislav Silverside Alexandrov

      Nejad Bagherzadeh its a new camera

  10. Jonathan Sachs Avatar
    Jonathan Sachs

    This is how you make those amazing fluid splash videos, among other things.

  11. John O'Reilly Avatar
    John O’Reilly

    Imagine the lightning shots 👌 😳

  12. Rostislav Silverside Alexandrov Avatar
    Rostislav Silverside Alexandrov

    Thats cheap for the specs wow