AJA debuts CION, a 4K professional camera
AJA Video Systems announced CION, an entirely new professional digital film camera. CION features an ergonomic design and is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions thanks to its 4K APS-C sized CMOS sensor with an electronic global shutter and 12-stops of dynamic range. CION offers in-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs - including 12-bit 444 - for pristine image capture, and also offers 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. The camera features a PL lens mount for compatibility with industry-standard lenses, and 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 to eliminate unwanted aliasing and moire 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; professional audio inputs round out an unmatched amount of connectivity. CION features an uncomplicated user interface, the menu parameters are also remotely configurable via a web interface and can be accessed through any web browser via a LAN connection. CION's chassis is formed of magnesium, while the integrated steel rosettes allow for mounting of industry-standard accessories such as handgrips and handle extensions directly to the camera body. The open approach to design also includes integrated cheese plates with standard tapped holes. CION will be available Summer 2014 at an MSRP of $8,995 US. [source]
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