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.
Open up your world
CION is designed to create an open approach to accessorizing the camera.
This open system gives you immense flexibility no matter the shooting environment, both indoors and outdoors. From shoulder to tripod and from dolly to crane, CION keeps all of your options open. The top accessory manufacturers in the world have also made accessories specifically for CION.
PL mount lenses are widely offered in standard focal lengths as well as zoom options. Manufacturers continue to release new and improved lenses designed for the demands of 4K resolution. Because the PL mount system is firmly established in the highest quality production, you can choose the right lens to suit your creative needs. CION’s lens mount was also designed to be easy removed to allow an even wider choice of lens system to suit your needs.
Third parties now offer alternative mounts to allow you to use CanonEF/FD, Nikon F/G-Mount and ARRI Bayonet lenses with ease. CION offers wider lens compatibility than any other 4K/UltraHD camera system
The open system approach allows you to choose from a wide range of electronic viewfinders and connect them directly via CION’s HDMI or 3G-SDI. Dedicated monitoring outputs are even conveniently placed at the front of the camera. A power connector near the front can also provide power for many electronic viewfinders.
Unrivaled monitoring options put CION at the heart of production. In addition to the front 3G-SDI and HDMI monitor outputs, additional rear 3G-SDI and HDMI outputs may also be used for monitoring. 4K and UltraHD monitoring is possible via the 4x 3G-SDI main outputs and the rear HDMI output (when appropriately configured). You can configure CION so that everyone can see what’s happening.
Two balanced analog audio XLR inputs are built into CION allowing compatibility with a huge range of professional audio gear. You can choose to mount a shotgun microphone to the cold shoe found on the top handle or run longer cable from external mixers to CION. Independent switches for mic or line level as well as phantom power are provided meaning you’re ready for any audio situation.
RODS AND ON-CAMERA RIGGING
Removable cheese plates on the top and bottom of the camera make attaching accessories easy. The bottom cheese plate features 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 threaded holes. The AJA-provided top handle attaches to the top cheese plate via 1/4-20 screws for example. CION’s top handle is based on standard 15mm rods, allowing compatibility with third-party accessories and endless possible configurations. Standard-sized rosettes on either side of the camera allow easy and dependable mounting points for handles and grips. By design, it’s incredibly easy to add a wealth of accessories to CION to enhance your shooting experience.
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.
AJA CION Science of the Beautiful
CION can encode 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD directly to 12-bit 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’s extensive Gamma modes offer great flexibility to let you capture the scene exactly as lit in Standard, Expanded or Video Gamma modes. Cine and ‘None’ allow more latitude in post for you to create your own look and feel.