AJA Video Systems announced the launch a new professional camera called CION, which will be capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. AJA helped pioneer Apple ProRes workflows with the introduction of the Ki Pro product line in 2009. The company tapped that expertise to develop CION, which offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs – including 12-bit 444 – for pristine image capture. ProRes codecs are well established in many postproduction environments and offer wide compatibility with editing, color correction and finishing applications. Expected to ship this summer priced at $8,995, CION will also support high frame rates with the ability to output 4K raw data at up to 120 fps via 4x 3G-SDI outputs. CION can record directly to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 60 frames per second.
“CION represents a new direction for AJA. Bringing this sophisticated camera to market underscores our passion to support filmmakers, broadcasters and content creators,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems. “We are incredibly proud of CION. We believe that the thoughtfully considered design, along with a powerful feature set, will make it extremely useful and versatile for productions worldwide.”
CION includes a built-in shoulder mount and standard connectors in logical positions. CION features a PL lens mount for compatibility with industry-standard lenses. 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. A built-in filter combines an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to eliminate unwanted aliasing and moiré with an infrared (IR) cut filter to produce appropriate colors. Additionally, a back focus adjustment means the sharpest image possible can be produced. Also included are several 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs, which are all simultaneously active and supply signal to a variety of 4K/Ultra HD and 2K/HD monitors. A power output connector is placed at the front of the unit to make electronic viewfinders easy to use. It also features professional audio inputs.
The camera features a simple user interface that can be easily managed from the operator’s side. The camera’s menu parameters are also remotely configurable via a web interface and can be accessed through any web browser via a LAN connection.
The camera’s chassis is formed of magnesium, which is lightweight yet extremely strong. Integrated steel rosettes allow for mounting of industry-standard accessories such as handgrips and handle extensions directly to the camera body.