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Chronos 1.4 high speed camera review and comparison to Phantom Flex 2K

Chronos 1.4 high speed camera review and comparison to Phantom Flex 2K

[Intro music] Welcome to the Beyond the Press Channel! Today I will make a video about my new high-speed camera: Chronos 1.4 and 1.4 means 1.4 gigapixels per second. and I will come back to tha-…what that means.

I have been using this now for about two weeks. I have been using it on almost all of-…all our videos. It’s so easy to use, so that I can use it just like normal camera. And, they have now the Kickstarter app, so I make this video now because of that.

I wanted to wait for that, and they are doing really well on the Kickstarter. There has been high-speed cameras before this; even, like, better ones that can shoot even faster, but this is so easy to use, and much cheaper than previous cameras.

You don’t need any computers, or anything other than your camera when you are filming and the aspect resolution of the camera is 1280x1024p and that keeps you a bit over one-hundred-…bit over one-thousand frames per second.

and when you scale down the resolution the pixels per second the camera can save stays about the same, so if you go down, like, maybe… 1000x500p you can shoot about 2,500, which is still quite good resolution, but.

.. much faster than our old ‘Sony RX100’, and the smallest resolution… 640x…uhh, about 100 pixels gives you almost 22,000 frames per second. which is really fast, and the resolution is still, like, usable.

You can see what is happening. And, my camera has 16 gigabytes of RAM, and there is also 8 gig model, and they give you 4 or 8 seconds time to capture in one video. The 8 second is really good on my Hydraulic Press Channel videos because you never know if the thing is going to explode in the beginning, or in the end, or both, so.

.. now I have a quite good window that I can capture, so if there’s some small explosion I don’t have to take it from there. I can still wait for bigger one to go. And here has been some things that I have filmed so far.

Uhh, one thing that has kept me a bit back is the fact that I don’t have proper high-speed slow-motion suitable lights. And I have been using only my four cheap LED panels. They are about 30 watts each, but even with those we can film like this.

This is about 10,000 frames-per-second, and I don’t remember what the gain is, and the picture isn’t perfect, but it’s still completely usable. And, we have filmed also without the lights, or with the lights very far away on the outside, and it’s winter now here in Finland, or, like, the darkest time of the year, and.

.. as you can see, the picture is still very good. I think this is 6 decibel of gain, and about a bit over 2,000 frames-per-second, so…completely usable material for YouTube or places like that. Even without the lights outside.

And, this is filmed with really good lights. I am going to [?] the same lights the we used this time. I had them rented with the Phantom camera. The Flex 2K model. And, here is coming the exactly the same explosion filmed with Phantom.

The frame-rate is,… of course, higher,… so it’s not totally the same, but you get the idea. The… Phantom Flex 2K is about maybe 20x more expensive than this camera. so… Yeah. And, besides all the.

..really good frame rates, and… good price, there is also the usablity side of the camera. I decided that I should demonstrate this on this video, so I’m going to put some lights up and get the camera ready, and we are going to film something and I will show how the camera works.

So here is my… case for the camera. I bought this from a hardware store here in Finland. It costed, like,… 30 Euros. And this is the only thing that I need for the… camera when I am going outside or into my shop to film something, and, of course, the.

.. tripod and lights if I don’t have enough light, like, from the sun. And… So… Here is the…uhhh, remote control for the camera. You attach this end to the camera, so that you can press from here, so you can be quite far away.

Then I have some protective lenses and cases for those. And then, here is the camera. And I have attached this quick install plate here, but there is normal… normal camera right here. And your batteries.

.. behind this. It’s this old and bulky, uhh, battery for I think it was, I have one new here, it was for Nikon cameras. These are… You can find these on eBay, or Amazon, or wherever. And… It gives a bit over 1 hour of use time, even in the cold weather, so that’s quite good.

And then you have some connections here. You have the remote control, and for the… power line. You can load the batteries in this camera, so you don’t need external… battery loader. And… here is the power cord that came with the camera.

You can use the camera with this plugged in. Quite often if I’m doing some… long-lasting filming, I attach this, so then I don’t have to worry about the battery at all. And… I have the zoom lens that is available on the Kickstarter.

It has all the basic adjustments. Here is the, uhh… aperture, or how you call that. It goes from 1.2 which gives you plenty of light, but really narrow focusing distance, so it’s, like,… just the thing where you focused at and not anything before or after that, or then you can go up to 60, which gives you really deep focusing area.

Usually every… I haven’t used these at all; it’s so narrow. Usually, you use something between 2 and 4. And then you have your zoom. It goes from 12mm to 75mm, and then you have your focusing ring. The camera has also good focusing aid which, like, digitally zooms in and you can see if it’s focused or not.

And I have got all my things focused within the limits of the aperture value. I think I am going to hook up the camera to the tripod, and set something to film here then we are going to film one test shot.

And, now we are going to do the test shooting. I have set the, uhh, like, tradition aperture width thing ready. I have my… old LED panels, and these are about 30 watt each, so they are by no means high-power lights, or.

.. high-speed camera lights. Just regular LED panels. And, I have my camera on the tripod, and I have attached the power line because we just filmed… a couple of our outsides yesterday, and both of my batteries are empty after that.

So, I turn the camera on, and we can start. So, you turn the camera on by just pressing the power button on top of the camera. You have to keep it down for little while [Objects clatter] And now the camera is starting.

Uhh…this is still prototype software on my camera, so this might be a bit faster on the cameras that they will sell. And now we have the picture here. And we can… zoom in the water glass, and the.

..when you are starting to film you can do color impression and set the white balance. In my experiences, the color impression isn’t always necessary if you are not in the best absolute quality, but it’s good to set the white balance.

I have sometimes switched the camera on and then continue the filming without setting the white balance, and I had to do some work on editing to get colors right. But if you do the color impression it’s always good colors.

So, the white color impression-…or white balance is calibrated by just placing some white paper, or something else… something else that is white in front of your thing, and then just… press the button, and it’s.

..done, so it is really easy. And, I think with the more expensive cameras it’s the same thing with that. And, when you have got your color impressions done and focused the camera correctly, you are ready to choose the record settings that you have want to use.

And you can mainly choose the resolution and the framerate that you are going to use and the analog gain that is the same as the ISO number on regular cameras. And, I think we are going to… When choosing the resolution and framerate you have to think that what is going to happen.

Is it going to be, like, in all directions, or… with my explosions they are usually, like, in horizontal direction only, so I’m going to usually use quite wide but not so high picture. Then I can get really good resolution and high frame rate, but.

.. this is going to be, like, maybe square thing in all directions because the splashes are going to be outwards and the droplet is going to go up and down, so we are going to get quite square picture.

And, then you have to think about also how fast your thing is going to be. This is just water dropping. It isn’t ultra fast, so maybe… maybe… 800×600 is enough. It gives a bit under 3,000 frames per second.

And then you have to also keep in mind that high frame rate means also really small exposure time, and if you are going to use those you have to have more light than my cheap LED panels. And, maybe we are going to use 6 decibel gain.

I think that would be enough. Let’s see. And, as we can see, it has zoomed in because the resolution is now smaller, so it is only using the center part of the sensor. And, I think this is quite good.

Yeah, so now it’s… Everything’s ready. I’ll just press record. And the red light comes on to say that the camera is recording, and… now when I push the button on the end of the… remote control line, it will save the last 8 seconds.

So I am going to now drop the water… in the glass. [Object clatters] Yeah, and then we can… And now it’s recorded the whole thing, and… we press play button to check what we have. Now we have…

uhhh…24,000 frames, so we have to find the water droplet thing, and we can… get roughly by dragging that. Here it was. And, then we can do the closer inspection either using this, or then we can use these buttons.

You can choose the play-rate. I usually go with quite high, so I can find the thing because this is really long video still. So here it is, and then it…back. Yeah, about there. And then we lower the thing and search even closer.

Here it is. And, then we can watch it, like, maybe 30 frames per second… …like this. Here is water drop, aaand… Yeah, it’s quite good. I’m not sure if that’s too… I’m not sure if it’s completely focused, like, the high splashing parts, but.

.. We are pleased with that. We don’t have enough light to use really large aperture, so we are not going to do this… more, and… When we are… And, now we can choose the… part that we are going to want to save, so we start from here.

We press “mark in”, and then we fast-forward to the end of our video. We are going to record, like, here… and then press “mark out” right like that. And, then we are going to just save the video by pressing that.

And now it’s saving the video. And here is the video that we just recorded. It’s alright. I think the focus isn’t completely sharp on that when the drop is coming down, but otherwise it’s quite good for the poor lights that we had.

And, the files are in mp4 format, and… if you record the whole 8 seconds it’s about 1 gigabyte, but these smaller ones are quite small files. And, here is some other footage that I have filmed. And, the SD card hasn’t to be any fancy ultra-fast expensive one.

Just regular SD card is fine. And you can…and you can save not just the one clip of the whole 8 seconds, but you can save multiple clips, so that’s handy if you are, like, get first one explosion, then 5 seconds of nothing, and then one explosion.

You don’t have to save whole 1 gigabyte of data, which is going to take quite long, and if you are using high frame rate it’s going to give, like, half an hour video for you, so it’s nice to be able to pick what you want.

And, if you want to do some final comparisons with this and 20x more expensive Phantom there is of course the frames per second and, uhh, resolution differences, and the price, but there is also a couple of more things that I have noticed.

Here is Phantom footage, and when you are filming this you need your camera, and then you need your laptop or other computer. You have to connect both of those, open the Phantom software, and then you have to get power to your Phantom.

It doesn’t have battery, so there is quite a lot of things to do. With Chronos, you just… get the thing out of the bag, and… put it on the tripod, and… make some setups. It’s not as easy with some pocket cameras.

It’s not automatic, but if you know anything about camera, it’s quite easy to do, and fast,… and you don’t need anything else other than your camera. And then there is also the thing that you have. That 8 seconds of stuff you can record with the 16 gigabyte model, or even the 4 seconds.

It’s much more than your typical 2 seconds with Phantom. Of course, there is much more data, and you could turn down the resolution, but then you are not using the full potential of that hugely expensive Phantom camera.

And then, here is the same rubik’s cube with the same lights with Chronos, so it’s not as slow as the Phantom, but you can clearly see what is going on, and if you even use a not-so-high picture we could get much slower.

.. Yeah, but I really like the camera. It has been really easy to use, and because it’s so easy to use I’m using it every time when I sense that something is going to explode or do something, and even if I had Phantom I wouldn’t use it every time because making those set-ups and taking care of them is going to be away from my focus and other aspects of the video, so it’s really good to have simple and easy to use camera.

And, the link to the Kickstarter is in the description, and then I’ll link also the guys who made the camera. He has the…his own YouTube channel, which is about, uh, running lawnmower upside-down and throwing some stuff there, and filming it with these cameras, so it’s really nice and funny channel.

It’s in the description and also on the end-screen. So, go check that out; it’s excellent. And, I am going to continue using this camera. I have the lights ordered, and they should be here quite soon, so then I can get much better quality on my slow-motion videos and higher frame rates.

But, yeah. This is probably too long video, but,… it doesn’t matter, *ahem*, because this is all for today. Thank you for watching, and have a nice day.


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