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AJA entered the digital cinema camera market with the announcement of their 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 truly shines.
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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 camera 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 CION cameras together for multi-camera shoots.
With a well-thought-out ergonomic design, all flavors of ProRes available onboard, and raw video output, the CION is well positioned to take the industry by storm.