New Chronos high-speed cameras announced

Kron Technologies Chronos 4K12 and Q12 High-Speed Cameras Launched – Up to 2,782fps in 2K

Kron Technologies Inc. has announced the release of two new high-speed cameras, the Chronos 4K12 and the Chronos Q12, which are quite affordable when compared to other cameras in their field. Prices from competitors are closer to six figures when buying new, so let’s take a closer look at what $15,000 to $20,000 can get you.

Similarities and differences between the two models

The cameras are quite close spec-wise: both have a 5-inch 800×480 display and weigh the same at 2.91lbs/1.32kg without any optics attached. Both cameras have a throughput of 11.8 gigapixels per second and record on an internal 1TB NVMe SSD. Kron Technologies states a dynamic range of 11.3 stops for both models.

The new Chronos 4K12 – Image credit: Kron Technologies

The Chronos 4K12 can shoot 4K video at more than 1,397fps. The recording time with max resolution is 5.5 seconds for the 64GB model and 11 seconds for the 128GB model. With lower resolutions (128×32), the camera can catch up to 29,000fps. The Chronos Q12 can shoot up to 2,782fps at a maximum resolution of 2048×2016. At the lowest resolution of 128×23, the frame rate goes up to 29,411fps. The recording time for this model is 5.9 seconds for the 64GB version and 11.8 seconds for the 128GB version.

The Chronos Q12 with the Super35 sensor – Image credit: Kron Technologies

The Q12 has a larger Super35 sensor at nine microns per pixel, which is twice the size of the 4K12 model. 

You can see the launch video here:

Both cameras give you the option of recording in CinemaDNG RAW for maximum flexibility in post-production or compressed formats (H.264/AVC & H.265/HEVC, MPEG-4) to save on space. The 4K12 can shoot at bit depths of 8, 10, and 12-bit, and the Q12 in 8 and 12-bit modes. 

Lens options for the Chronos

While the previous models (the Chronos 1.4 and 2.1-HD) of the Canadian company only supported C and MFT lenses, this time Kron Technologies decided to install a universal plate system, giving users access to C, E, F, EF, and MFT lenses. 

The Chronos 4K12 with an MFT mount – Image credit: Kron Technologies

Other updates over previous models

Further upgrades include USB-C connectivity for external recording and HDMI output (previously a USB-A connection), focus peaking, zebras, color temperature, and white balance settings, as well as a new histogram. 

The 4 models of Chronos cameras now available – Image credit: Kron Technologies

Pricing and availability

The cameras are ready for pre-order now. The 4K12 is expected to ship in February, and the Q12 in March of next year. The 4K12 comes in two variants, a 64GB model which starts at $14,495, and a 128GB model which starts at $15,955.

The Q12 64GB model will start at $19,995, and the 128GB at $21,995. You can pre-order the cameras on Kron Technology’s website.

Do you have any experience with the Chronos models? What do you think about them? Will the updated versions be of interest to you? Let us know in the comments below!

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