Yes, Gadget of the Week is back and with a bang. The Chromos 1.4 is a high-speed camera that was brought to life by a single engineer who refused to give up on his dream. The engineer goes by the name David Kristen, whose biggest dream was to create a high-speed camera for himself.
High-speed cameras have always been super expensive like the Phantom Flex 4K which cost a fortune at around 1,40,000 USD. At such prices, only a few can purchase them while the others rent them for ridiculous amounts of money. David, being an engineer, took it upon himself to build a high-speed camera for himself from scratch.
Enter, the Chronos 1.4
The Chronos 1.4 will be priced at around USD 2,500 for the base model, which will feature 8GB of internal storage. It will be able to shoot a maximum of 1,050 fps (frames per second) in HD (1280×1024) resolution. Higher frame rates can also be Achu Ved by lowering the resolution a notch.
The Chronos 1.4 will be equipped with a touchscreen display and 8 GB of RAM for the base version which will extend well up to 32GB of RAM, depending on how you configure it. It will also feature SD Card slot for expansion, USB Slot and a SATA drive which can be configured for different storage options depending on the price.
The Chronos 1.4 can be operated independent of a computer, it can also be operated in conjunction with a computer as well. It also features a HDMI port, in case the built.in display does not cater to your needs.
The affordable high-speed camera can also record video in RAW format to make sure the purist within a few of us also gets satisfied.
Chronos 1.4: Brings us back to HD after a long time
After being bombarded by cameras featuring resolutions well over 1080p, the Chronos 1.4 brings everyone back to the basics, while the horsepower is there and the sensor may be powerful enough/ have enough megapixels, the rear reason for the camera’s existence is slow motion and not cinema quality.
Although Kronstein should consider giving it an option to record 4K video at 30 fps, we wouldn’t be terming it as a mandatory requirement. HD videos at 1050 fps are good enough at the price point these cameras are being offered. If they can provide a decent low light image quality, then the deal looks sweet enough at USD 2,500.
So far, the project is still in its prototype stages with unfinished software and hardware components, Kronstein plans to open a Kickstarter campaign in the upcoming days to gather enough funds to complete his prototype as well as produce a few units of the cameras for sale.
He also tells us that If the demand increases, he will look to get the cameras manufactured by a manufacturer rather than handle assemble them.
What do you think about this high-speed hand assembled camera? Are you impressed or are you just skeptical, do let us know in the comments section below.