AJA CION: What Might a 4K, PL Mount Camera Look Like if Apple Did It?

by Hugh Brownstone1 Comment

Gorgeous industrial design meets straightforward, cherry-picked feature set in the new AJA CION camera.

We haven’t yet seen it in the flesh – it isn’t even shipping– so what we don’t know about the CION is staggering compared to what we do know.  

Even so, the mere thought of a high performance video camera that dispenses with anything that isn’t essential to concentrate on what is – and does so with such panache – is intoxicating exactly the way an Apple product is.

But the video camera market is crowded, and we’ll have to wait to see if AJA can crack it. At a price point of $8,999, the CION slots in neatly between the Canon C100 and C300 – yet its 4K sensor places it squarely against the much more expensive C500.

And the much less expensive Black Magic Production Camera 4K PL.  

Oh – and Sony’s just announced, feature-rich and aggressively priced PXW-FS7.  

Still, AJA has been around for a while and is carried by the likes of B&H Photo, Adorama,  AbelCine and others. That’s a pretty good set of endorsements right there.  

It’s an exciting time for filmmakers, and we hope that AJA is successful with its CION. You can learn more about it at www.aja.com/en/products/cion

AJA Releases New CION Teaser Reel

Via AJA Press Release:

AJA Video Systems released a brand new teaser reel shot using the soon-to-be-shipping CION camera in Grass Valley and Nevada City California. Shooting took place over three days during the first week of September 2014.

The UltraHD 23.98 fps normal speed shots were acquired in camera as ProRes 4444; the slow motion shots were acquired as ProRes 422 with the camera operating at 59.94fps and files saved in-camera as 23.98fps.

Every shot is presented exactly as it was photographed; no exposure adjustments, color correction or image manipulation of any form took place in post-production. The studio shots were captured using three point lighting utilizing both the supplied PL lens mount as well as a third party EF lens mount. With the exception of the umbrella shot, which utilized a single 1K light, the remaining shots were captured with available light. CION’s white balance values were specifically selected to match the needs of the scene and, in certain cases, auto white balance was also utilized. CION’s in-camera color correction modes were also employed during the shoot. In the scenarios presented, ‘Skin Tones’ and ‘Normal’ settings were selected throughout the filming. The version in the reel is the 1080p downconversion of the UltraHD ProRes 4444 master file.

AJA Cion

Learn more about AJA CION HERE.

About CION
AJA’s CION is a new ergonomic professional production camera, capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. CION offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs including ProRes 4444, and ProRes 422 up to 4K 60 fps, and offers the ability to output 4K AJA Raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs. When recording in HD or 2K, the image is oversampled from the full 4K sensor, retaining focal length as well as providing a vibrant and detailed image. CION features a simple interface with direct controls, as well as camera menu parameters and live video stream that are remotely configurable and viewable through any web browser via a LAN connection. Pricing for CION is US MSRP $8,995.

About AJA Video Systems, Inc.
Since 1993, AJA Video has been a leading manufacturer of video interface technologies, converters, digital video recording solutions and professional cameras, bringing high-quality, cost-effective products to the professional, broadcast and post-production markets. AJA products are designed and manufactured at our facilities in Grass Valley, California, and sold through an extensive sales channel of resellers and systems integrators around the world. For further information, please see our website at www.aja.com.

(cover photo credit: snap from the Press)


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