NAB 2014: AJA CION 4K/UHD and 2K/HD Production Camera
AJA entered the digital cinema camera market with the announcement of their AJA CION 4K Production Camera, capable of recording both DCI and UHD 4K, as well as 2K and HD resolution video. From its sleek, elegant 6.4-lb magnesium body to the contoured suede shoulder pad, the camera is both aesthetically pleasing and ergonomically functional. But what’s going on inside a camera is what really counts, and this is where the CION rubber meets the road.
The CION features an APS-C sized 4K CMOS image sensor with an electronic global shutter, 12 stops of dynamic range, and a PL lens mount with manual back focus adjustment. AJA has built the camera’s internal recording around ProRes codecs. You can record video using ProRes 444 and 422 codecs at resolutions up to 4K (4096 x 2160) to AJA’s SSD-based Pak media cards. For raw workflows, the camera can output AJA Raw at up to 4K 120 fps via 3G-SDI out connectors, and up to 30 fps over Thunderbolt.
All interface controls are found on the side of the AJA CION facing the operator for each single user operation. The video and audio output cables are also well positioned to not interfere with camera operation. Users will appreciate being able to monitor footage using the integrated LCD screen or external monitors using the HD-SDI and HDMI outputs, which are always active. Another useful feature is the addition of a LAN port, which can be used for remote control via a web browser, as well as ganging AJA CION cameras together for multi-camera shoots.
With a well-thought-out ergonomic design, all flavors of ProRes available onboard, raw video output, and an entry price of $8,995 compared to the nearest computer’s at $30,000 plus, the AJA CION is well positioned to take the industry by storm. I want one.
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