Chronos 2.1-HD High Speed Camera

From: $6,800.00

The Chronos 2.1-HD high-speed camera offers an all-in-one, high-definition, high frame-rate solution that empowers data analysis from some of the top R&D and Aerospace facilities, Universities, and Media Producers in the world. The budget-friendly camera is ideal for a range of applications and measurement techniques such as Vibration Analysis, Schlieren Imaging, and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Get up and running in minutes with the easy-to-use 5″ touchscreen interface and extend the functionality with accessories such as microscope lenses, and high-speed specific lighting.

Recommended Lens: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Nikon F zoom

Main Features

HD-Resolution: 1920x1080p @ 1,000FPS (max res)

High Frame-Rate: 4/3″ format image sensor captures up to 24,046 Frames Per Second (FPS) at lower resolution.

All-in-One: Completely standalone, untethered operation with a 5″ inch touchscreen display and battery for portability.

Internal Storage: 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB RAM memory options allow for 2.7, 5.5, and 11 second recording times. Store footage via the SD card slot.

Recording Modes: Standard, Segmented, Running, Gated Burst and Live Slow Motion offer versatile image capture options for dynamic environments.

Lens Mounting: Nikon F, Canon EF and C mounts available as field-swappable options.

Color or Monochrome: High sensitivity ISO 500-8,000 (Color) and 1,000-16,000 (Monochrome) allows filming in dynamic lighting conditions.

Trigger Options: I/O ports enable synchronization and remote triggering via cable, sound, and web-triggers.

Focus Peaking: Highlights sharp edges for quick and clear focus with zebra lines help define correct exposure.

API: Open source, REST-based Application Programming Interface (API) is included for integration into custom software or control environments

Imaging 1920x1080 @ 1000FPS
Memory 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB
Record Time (in seconds) 2.7 (8GB), 5.5 (16GB), 11 (32GB) at max resolution
Lens Mount CS/C mount (options available)
Backfocus Field adjustable
IR Filter 650nm, user removable, 24 x 16 x 1.1mm
Display 5” 800x480 capacitive touchscreen, 1000 nit daylight visible
Enclosure Anodized CNC machined aluminum
Cooling Active cooling, variable-speed fan (fan-off option)
Dimensions 155mm x 96mm x 67.3mm (6.11” x 3.78” x 2.65”) w/o lens
Weight 1.06 kg (2.34 lbs) without lens
H.264 Standardized MP4 files at bitrates up to 60Mbps
Cinema DNG Raw Standard Adobe CinemaDNG raw files
TIFF Standard TIFF raw files with timestamps
Storage Devices SD, USB, SSD, or SMB/NFS network drives
Resolution 1920x1080 @ 1000FPS maximum
Speed 2.1Gpx/s
Dimensions 19.2 x 10.8mm (4/3” format, 2.1-Megapixel, 2x Crop Factor)
Pixel Pitch 10um
Sensitivity (ISO) Color - ISO 500 to 8000 Mono - ISO 1000 to 16000
Shutter Electronic global shutter, 1/fps to 10us (1/100,000 s)
Dynamic Range 10.3 stops (62.4 dB)
Bit Depth 12-bit
Type EN-EL4a
Runtime 1 hour recording
Charge Time 2 hours (0-80%) with in-camera charger
Power Input 17-20V 40W (5.5/2.5mm barrel jack, positive tip)
Network Gigabit Ethernet
Trigger 2 trigger inputs/ frame strobe outputs (BNC & Aux) Adjustable input threshold 0 to 6.6V Electrically isolated trigger input (Aux connector) Trigger with sound, laser, and lightning using accessories
Video HDMI output 720p or 1080p (default) @ 60FPS, video only
USB USB type A (host) and micro-B (device)
SATA eSATA 3Gbps to SATA 2.5” lll SSD (5V power)
End Trigger Records until a defined delay after trigger
Toggle Starts and stops with button press
Exposure Trigger External signal sets synchronization frame rate
Shutter Gating External signal sets the exposure synchronization and frame-rate
Frame Sync Output Outputs a signal indicating its frame rate and exposure
BNC Female BNC connector
AUX Phoenix 1778890 8-pin terminal block connector, including isolated trigger input.
Control Through web page or REST interface with USB or CAT ethernet cable
Stream Live or Playback Mode network streaming via RTSP stream and VLC player.
APIs HTTP REST Interface, open-source codebase
Network Control Through web page or REST interface with USB or CAT ethernet cable
Normal Records into the ring buffer. Once a trigger occurs, video can be reviewed and saved.
Segmented Video memory is divided into segments, each recording as in the Normal mode above. Number of segments is user selectable.
Gated Burst Frames are captured while trigger is active
Normal Speed Recording
Continuous Video is saved continuously at up to 60FPS to MP4 files on removable storage. Operates like a standard video camera.
Focus Aid Highlights sharp edges to aid focusing
Zebras Rolling diagonal lines indicate clipped (overexposed) areas
Viewfinder Zoom Zooms in to allow easier focusing
Overlay Displays frame and time information on top of footage
Operating Temperature -20 °C to +40 °C (-4 °F to +104 °F)

Specification Chronos 2.1-HD Chronos 1.4
Max. Res. Up to 1080p 1280 x 1024
Sensor ISO 500-8000 (Color), 1000-16000 (Monochrome) 320-5120 (Color), 740-11840 (Monochrome)
Lens mounts CS, C, Nikon F and Canon EF mount lens support CS and C mount lens support
Record time 2.7s (8GB), 5.5s (16GB), or 11s (32GB) 4s (8GB), 8s (16GB), or 16s (32GB)
Battery 1h runtime/field-swappable EN-EL4a battery 1.5h runtime/field-swappable EN-EL4a battery

Resolution Max FPS (8 GB) (16 GB) (32 GB)
1920 x 1080 1,000 2.76 5.51 11.02
1920 x 720 1,495 2.77 5.53 11.06
1920 x 512 2,095 2.78 5.55 11.11
1920 x 360 2,963 2.79 5.58 11.16
1920 x 240 4,403 2.80 5.60 11.21
1920 x 120 8,569 2.89 5.78 1.56
1920 x 96 10,569 2.94 5.87 11.74
1440 x 1080 1,434 2.56 5.12 10.25
1440 x 720 2,142 2.57 5.14 10.29
1440 x 512 2,997 2.59 5.18 10.36
1440 x 240 6,265 2.63 5.26 10.53
1440 x 96 14,825 2.77 5.54 11.08
1280 x 1024 1,512 2.88 5.77 11.55
1280 x 720 2,142 2.90 5.79 11.59
1280 x 512 2,996 2.91 5.82 11.65
1280 x 360 4,230 2.93 5.86 11.72
1280 x 240 6,265 2.97 5.94 11.89
1280 x 120 12,075 3.07 6.14 12.28
1280 x 96 14,825 3.14 6.28 12.56
1024 x 768 2,531 2.88 5.75 11.50
1024 x 576 3,358 2.89 5.77 11.55
800 x 600 4,352 2.73 5.47 10.94
800 x 480

Chronos 1.4 and 2.1-HD high-speed cameras are available in Color or Monochrome versions for the same price. Note: Color and mono are not interchangeable by the end-user.

The monochrome models feature a native sensor with no color filters resulting in twice the light sensitivity (ISO) and higher effective resolution due to the lack of color filters and the subsequent Bayer pattern demosaic algorithm.

  • 2.1: Color – ISO 500 to 8000
  • 2.1: Mono – ISO 1000 to 16000

Monochrome sensors are commonly used for scientific research and experiments such as Schlieren imaging since they offer not only greater light sensitivity but also higher contrast than color models.