http://www.lemac.com.au/site/DefaultSite/filesystem/images/AJA/cionmain.jpg CION is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Unite production and post by shooting directly 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.

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AJA Cion 4K Digital Cinema Camera

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CION is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Unite production and post by shooting directly 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.
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AJA Cion

CION™ is the new 4K/UHD and 2K/HD production camera from AJA. Unite production and post by shooting directly 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.

Built With Passion

CION represents a new direction for AJA but one that is firmly rooted in everything that has been learned over the last 21 years. A considered process has been used to create a true production camera with a feature set and form factor that offers the user a wide variety of options both in the field and the studio. The design of the camera allows complete flexibility for the user to adapt to any environment.

CION is a union of great design and functionality, an engineered aesthetic that AJA is proud to describe as the Science of the Beautiful.

 

Sensor

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.

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.

 

Recording formats

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 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.

 

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.

Mounting

Aluminium 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.

 

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.

 
 

Conveniently Connected

CION's considered design brings ease of operation to both field and studio based productions. For single users, set up and operation is intuitive and straightforward. For more complex productions camera operators, camera assistants and digital imaging technicians may all interact with CION without conflict. 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.

 

User interface

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.

CION also offers powerful network-based control. Via the LAN connection, a web-browser UI allows for remote configuration of the camera. Your CION is completely controllable whether it’s on a crane, jib or car mount from virtually any web browser.

 

Ergonomics

CION’s sleek chassis is formed of gravity molded magnesium which is lightweight but extremely strong. Integrated steel rosettes allow you to mount industry standard accessories including hand grips and handle extensions directly to the camera body. CION was designed to be comfortable, convenient and totally flexible for any shooting environment. A contoured shoulder pad fits comfortably to your shoulder for hand held use.

 

Production and Post Unified

CION elegantly connects production and post with support for the Apple ProRes family of codecs. In 2007 AJA introduced the Io HD. It was the first device to offer hardware-based encoding of Apple ProRes. In 2009, AJA introduced the Ki Pro tapeless video recorder, the first camera-connected recorder to offer Apple ProRes encoding. CION draws on this distinguished history of support for Apple ProRes capturing vivid and detailed images that are easily manipulated in professional video editing and finishing applications.

 

Specifications

User Interface

  • 6x Dedicated Menu Buttons
    (STATUS, CONFIG, MEDIA, FPS, EI and WB)
  • 4x Transport Buttons
    (Play, Fast Forward, Reverse Playback, Stop)
  • 1x Media Unmount Button
  • 1x Record Button
  • 1x User Interface Control Knob
  • 1x User Interface Screen, 320x240 LCD

Sensor Type

  • CMOS, Electronic global shutter, 12 stops of dynamic range

Sensor Size

  • 4K APS-C sized, 22.5mm x 11.9mm

Lens Mount

  • PL (positive lock)

Filtration

  • Optical Low Pass Filter (OLPF) and IR Cut Filter (combined)

Removable Storage

  • AJA Pak media

Video Output

  • 4x 3G-SDI Main Outputs
    (4x BNC connectors, 3G/1.485Gbps)
  • 2x 3G-SDI Monitor Outputs
    (1x front mounted BNC connector,
    1x rear mounted BNC connector, 3G/1.485Gbps)
  • 2x HDMI Outputs
    (1x front mounted HDMI v1.3 Type A connector,
    1x rear mounted HDMI v1.4 Type A connector)

Audio Input

  • 2x Balanced Analog Audio Inputs
    (2x 3-pin XLR connectors with dedicated line/mic/48v
    selection switch per input)

Audio Output

  • 1x Headphone Jack
    (3.5mm stereo mini TRS)

Reference Input

  • 1x Reference Input
    (BNC connector, analog color black)

Timecode

  • 1x LTC
    (BNC connector, 0.5 to 4.5Vpp)

Start/Stop Trigger

  • 2x LANC
    (1x 2.5mm top connector and 1x 2.5mm side connector)

Network Interface

  • 1x LAN connector (RJ45 connector, 10/100/1000)

Data Output

  • AJA Raw via 3G-SDI up to 120 fps or Thunderbolt™ up to 30 fps

Weight

  • 6.4 lbs / 2.9 kg (without top handle attached)
  • 7.4 lbs / 3.4 kg (with top handle attached)

Power

  • AC Range: 100-240 VAC 50/60Hz (AC adapter)
  • DC Range: 12-18Vdc, 5A maximum
    (4-pin XLR connector or 2-pin input connector)
  • Consumption: 38-42W typical, 45-47W maximum
    (Note: does not include power draw from 2-pin output connector)
  • Output: 2-pin power output connector, 10W recommended maximum

Temperature Range

  • Safe Operating Temperature Range: 5C to 40C
  • Safe Storage Temperature Range (power OFF): -20C to 60C

Format, Frame Rate, Encoding and Output

4K

  • 4K (4096x2160) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/119.88/120
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (or a lower data rate ProRes version) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1-4 YCbCr, SDI 1-4 RGB or SDI 1 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-4 YCbCr or SDI 1-2 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 119.88/120 fps (SDI 1-4 Raw)

Ultra HD

  • Ultra HD (3840x2160) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60/119.88/120
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (or a lower data rate ProRes version) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1-4 YCbCr, SDI 1-4 RGB or SDI 1 Raw)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-4 YCbCr or SDI 1-2 RAW)
  • SDI output support for 119.88/120 fps (SDI 1-4 Raw)

2K

  • 2K (2048x1080) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1 YCbCr, SDI 1-2 RGB, or SDI 1 RGB)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-2 YCbCr or SDI 1 YCbCr)

1080 progressive

  • 1080 HD (1920x1080) progressive 23.98/24/25/29.97/30/50/59.94/60
  • Apple ProRes 4444 or Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) for 50/59.94/60 fps
  • SDI output support for 23.98/24/25/29.97/30 fps
    (SDI 1 YCbCr, SDI 1-2 RGB, or SDI 1 RGB)
  • SDI output support for 50/59.94/60 fps (SDI 1-2 YCbCr or SDI 1 YCbCr)

1080 interlaced

  • 1080 HD (1920x1080) interlaced 25/29.97/30
  • Apple ProRes 422 (all versions) up to/including 30 fps
  • SDI output up to/including 30 fps (SDI 1 YCbCr)