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CION™ is the new 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Shoot direct to edit-ready Apple ProRes 4444 at up to 4K 30fps, ProRes 422 at up to 4K 60fps, or output AJA Raw at up to 4K 120fps. CION is the union of great design and functionality, an engineered aesthetic that we are proud to describe as the Science of the Beautiful.
Maximize Your Shoot, Minimize Your Post
CION is the only 4K/UltraHD production camera capable of encoding 12bit ProRes 444 internally. Using this high quality and widely supported codec to record CION’s film-like image and superb color rendition will provide the easiest route to post production for 4K yet. CION allows you to capture the look you need on-set, in-camera but with the latitude to create custom grades later by choice and not by necessity.
From the beginning AJA Video Systems set out to introduce ground breaking products that combine high quality engineering and passion. CION fulfills these core values but adds a new creative vision for the demanding needs of production for both today and tomorrow. CION is the culmination of years of development; from it’s foundation as an extension of the revolutionary Ki Pro range through to AJA’s long standing 4K workflow integration. The design of the camera allows complete flexibility for the user to adapt to any environment or resolution requirement.
Science of the Beautiful
AJA’s approach to the development of CION was not only towards the external aesthetic and it’s deliberate ergonomic styling; the image processing itself was considered throughout with the result being outstanding color accuracy in virtually any environment. CION is capable of capturing images at up to 4K 12bit 444 allowing the broadest dynamic range possible and providing excellent latitude for post production finishing. To minimize the amount of post processing required CION also allows for great flexibility in controlling the image captured by using our intuitive menu system and it’s straightforward operation on-set. A variety of gamma curves are found within the Exposure Index menu to suit the highlights and shadows within a given scene. In addition you can choose from a range of color temperatures within the White Balance menu providing standard values to suit your scene. You are also able to Auto White Balance any scene by simply holding down the ‘WB’ button on the operational side of CION for three seconds. For those situations where more precise color control is beneficial on-set you can control both the Saturation and also Color Correction via their corresponding menu options. This additional control can save valuable time in post, especially on tight deadline projects which require speedy delivery to broadcast and allows you to adapt to changing light in even the most demanding environments.
CION was designed to be comfortable, convenient and totally flexible for any shooting environment. A contoured suede shoulder pad fits comfortably to your shoulder for hand held use. An included top handle made of high grade aluminum and wood features an integrated LANC start/stop button. The handle base itself uses a standard 15mm rod and through hole to allow the additional mounting of third party accessories. CION is the lightest ergonomic 4K/UltraHD camera available.
Optical Low Pass Filter and IR Cut Filter
An integrated OLPF (Optical Low-Pass Filter) reduces unwanted moiré effects while still retaining vital image detail.
The Infra-red cut filter produces high quality colors within the image by
blocking unwanted light wavelengths.
PL Lens Mount
PL mount lenses are the industry standard for cinema and professional production cameras, and are widely available the world-over. In addition, CION’s lens mount has been designed to be removable so third parties may develop mounts for other lens types.
CION features a 4K APS-C sized CMOS sensor with an electronic global shutter and 12 stops of dynamic range. Lenses designed for Super 35mm cover the sensor imaging area and the global shutter eliminates the undesirable qualities associated with rolling shutter-based sensors.
CION can record at 4K (4096x2160), UltraHD (3840x2160), 2K (2048x1080) and HD (1920x1080). 2K and HD are hardware scaled from the full 4K sensor, resulting in beautiful over-sampled images, which also retain your lens’ focal length at any desired resolution. Frame rates up to 50 and 60p are supported - even at full 4K resolution.
AJA Pak Media
CION uses AJA’s proven SSD-based Pak storage. The robust high speed compact storage mounts directly in-camera and allows recording of 4K/UHD and 2K/HD as ProRes 4444, ProRes 422 (HQ), ProRes 422, ProRes 422 (LT) and ProRes (Proxy). Choose from generous 256GB or 512GB capacities and by utilizing the AJA Pak Dock (sold separately) you can transfer your footage over high-speed Thunderbolt™or USB3.
Aluminum cheese plates are fitted to both the top and the bottom of the chassis to provide easy mounting of accessories from both AJA and third parties, with standard thread sizes to offer the widest range of compatibility.
CION’s considered design brings ease of operation to both field and studio based productions. For single users, set up and operation is intuitive. For complex productions that require camera operators, camera assistants and digital imaging technicians CION offers unrivalled flexibility. In such a scenario, the camera operator can use one monitor output for framing, the camera assistant another monitor output for judging focus and the digital imaging technician can use yet another monitor output as well as the web UI to configure the unit with total resolution independence. CION offers more simultaneous monitoring outputs than any other camera.
Total Camera Control
You’re able to adjust every camera parameter to suit your needs by either clicking on the section appropriate in the side bar of the browser or you can use the buttons in the window that reflect those found on the camera. You have the freedom to work either way. You can see clearly the options available to each section; navigation is intuitive at every step.
Centralized Preset Deployment
Having made adjustments you are able to save these as a preset for use later; quickly and easily recall the preset you need. You can even save a preset and deploy it to other CION cameras that you have linked via a simple Ethernet switch. Up to twenty banks of presets can be saved bringing huge flexibility and time saving whilst shooting.
All interface controls are found on the side of the camera facing the operator to provide easy single user functionality. The menu structure itself is elegant and free of cumbersome sub-menu navigation. Confidently dial settings with a robust selection knob that gives clear mechanical feedback as you adjust.
The integrated confidence monitor not only displays the menu information but also previews your real-time image, allowing independent operation.
LED VU meters are placed for easy and accurate audio monitoring. Control knobs for each audio channel allow adjustment of the input level. A headphone monitoring output and a headphone volume control knob are also provided.
The Heart of Production
No matter the scale of your production, CION offers more flexibility in operation than any other production camera. From a single user shoot through to a complex multi-cam broadcast, CION brings a wealth of unrivalled features to benefit all stages of production without the need for complex accessories that require constantly configuring. Moving from tripod to shoulder mount to camera stabiliser is lightning fast; multiple baseband video monitoring outputs feed all needs. Total control via the LAN based Web UI keeps you shooting with minimal interruption from digital imaging technicians. Make CION the heart of your production.
On-Set backup and monitoring workflow
CION provides unrivalled on-set monitoring options for 4K/UHD and 2K/HD including a hardware dedicated down convert for 4K/UHD to 2K/HD. CION’s outputs are simultaneously live allowing great flexibility in any scenario independent of resolution. When working in 4K or UHD, five outputs are always available with two for 4K via the HDMI and 4 x 3G SDI and as well as three dedicated downconversions via 2 x 3G SDI and 1 x HDMI. If you are working
in HD or 2K then every single output is live at that resolution giving you up to eight outputs to share on-set. The built in confidence monitor also allows yet another way to see the image being captured.
The AJA Pak Dock and Pak media are designed for field use, featuring a rugged and reliable form factor; unlike a bare SSD drive, AJA Pak media features a multi-insertion rated connector. Connecting to CION via the LAN connector provides real time information regarding the Pak currently in use and by utilizing a Thunderbolt enabled RAID storage drive you can quickly back up your Pak media as you shoot.
Multicam Gang Control
CION multicam shoots are straightforward to implement and manage by using a laptop with a simple ethernet switch and LAN cables. The web UI allows complete and independent set up of multiple CION cameras; you may name each camera and consolidate control of the cameras from within a web browser using the unique gang recording feature. The web UI will also allow realtime monitoring of the capacity of the Pak media used in each CION. File naming options are easily accessed in CION’s menu structure. There is even an option to create custom names for clips as well.
AJA Raw Workflows
CION is also fully capable of outputting frame rates up to 120 fps as either 4K or UHD from its 4 x 3G-SDI outputs as AJA Raw. AJA’s Corvid Ultra in conjunction with TruZoom™ software can take the AJA Raw output and replay it at up to 60 fps. Output up to 30fps AJA Raw via the Thunderbolt™ connector. CION can also record HFR 4K 50 and 60p to Pak media, as Apple ProRes 422.