AJA CION camera now shipping globally
AJA Video Systems’ CION 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD production camera is now shipping globally. The company made a commitment to a 2014 delivery schedule on launch of the camera back at NAB in April, and has now been able to adhere to that roll-out commitment.
CION is capable of shooting at 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD resolutions. In-camera recording directly to the Apple ProRes family of codecs, including 12-bit ProRes 444, enables high quality image quality capture to AJA Pak SSD media at up to 4K/60p, and offers compatibility with a range of post production applications. CION also outputs AJA Raw HFR at up to 4K/120p. CION is claimed to be the only 4K/UltraHD camera available that captures internally to 12-bit ProRes 444.
“CION is the culmination of years of R&D, technical ingenuity and passion. We couldn’t be prouder to release it; it not only delivers an extraordinary film-like image quality and accuracy, but offers a unique feature set that facilitates a level of flexibility and control in production environments unlike anything else before regardless of resolution – while still providing the same great reliability and support that AJA is known for,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems.
Pricing for CION is US MSRP $8,995. AJA Pak SSD media is available at a US MSRP of $695 (256GB) and $1295 (512GB). AJA Pak Dock is available at a US MSRP of $395 along with other AJA camera accessories.
Users can choose a combination of 2 x 4K/UltraHD and 3 x 2K/HD or 8 x 2K/HD, check each camera feed in multi-cam setups through an integrated LAN connection, and monitor remaining recording time all in tandem. The LAN port and embedded webserver facilitates full remote configuration and control, so users can set up and control or gang control multiple CION cameras via a standard web browser.
Made from a lightweight yet strong magnesium alloy and featuring a contoured suede shoulder pad, CION is easy to setup and operate. Using AJA’s Pak Dock on set, CION operators can also achieve fast transfer speeds via Thunderbolt or USB3 for immediate access to files for editing. Third party lens mounts are available which, says AJA, allow CION greater compatibility than any other 4K/UltraHD camera system.