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. The Alphatron EVF 035W Electronic ViewFinder
is compatible with AJA CION 4K Production Camera. AJA Raw External Recorder Support via the Atomos Shogun
will be supported in version 6.6 AtomOS firmware and Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+
.CION v1.3 Firmware UpdateNow available as a free software download, adds features that improve the CION imagery pipeline.• Improved highlight handling and black detail in every gamma mode.• New gamma naming conventions make the modes more closely aligned to industry standards.AJA has also announced that CION purchases made after April 18, 2016 will qualify for a complimentary PAK-1000 drive (£1,464.00) provided directly from AJA. This promotion is only available to end users purchasing CION through authorized AJA Resellers. Clients can redeem their complimentary PAK-1000 drive with CION purchase by submitting a claim directly via the AJA website.#TryCION Worldwide Tour
AJA is proud to announce the #TryCION Worldwide Tour. Join us to get hands-on with CION, the 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD production camera that captures beautiful, film-like images and you’ll also meet the designers behind the camera itself. We’ll show you the workflow and the ease with which you can create incredible looks both in camera and in post.Maximize Your Shoot, Minimize Your Post
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 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.ProRes® Workflow
The ProRes 444 and 422 workflow for CION allows you to capture high quality images in an easily managed file format and size. The Pak dock provides fast transfer of footage footage into your local media storage and directly into a wide range of NLEs and finishing tools of choice with no need for transcoding. Native file recording means you’re able to better connect production to post; keeping the image quality at it’s highest throughout.AJA Raw External Recorder Support
As well as high quality Apple ProRes acquisition, CION now offers portable capture of AJA Raw, up to 4K 60fps by third party external recorders such as the Atomos Shogun and Convergent Design Odyssey7Q+. Integration of these devices is very easy given CION’s open design and intuitive menu structure. AJA Raw offers the highest quality experience in post production in almost any of the leading editing or finishing tools available.30fps AJA Raw Workflow
CION offers easy output of up to 4K 30fps AJA Raw via the Thunderbolt™ connector on the rear of the camera and by using AJA CamXchange and a Thunderbolt enabled fast RAID and laptop. Perfect for studio environments where complex, keyed shots require the most post production processing.60fps AJA Raw Workflow
Although CION offers full 4K ProRes 4444 encoding at 12-bit internally to Pak media you may also elect to output AJA Raw to other best-in-class products from AJA with our proprietary, powerful but totally free AJA Control Room software and connected fast RAID storage. Use AJA Io® 4K to capture AJA Raw over SDI at up to 60fps at 4K to provide outstanding post production quality for even the most demanding grade or visual FX requirements.120fps AJA Raw Workflow
You can also choose the unrivaled AJA KONA® 4 to capture up to 120fps at 4K via the 4 x 3G-SDI outputs to create beautiful and detailed slow motion with an engaging cinematic feel via AJA Control Room.
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.Connect and Configure
The LAN port at the rear of the CION camera brings a wealth of control to the field or studio; every feature is controllable remotely via a web browser with no proprietary software required. Using an easily set up IP address for the camera and utilizing a simple Ethernet cable you can connect to any laptop on any platform and use a web browser to communicate directly with your CION camera. A video feed has also been included to assist with remote or multi-camera scenarios. Multi-camera wireless control can be easily achieved with a standard WiFi access point, such as an Apple AirPort.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.Elegant Operations
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.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.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.Lenses
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 systemElectronic Viewfinders
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.Monitors
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.Microphones
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.Post Production
CION offers the easiest and fastest route to 4K/UltraHD post yet. Native codec handling enhances your editorial experience, resulting in fast and responsive playback with no compromise in quality. Apple ProRes offers pristine image quality at extremely manageable file sizes. Using the latest generation of Apple Mac Pro and the AJA Io 4K along with Apple ProRes files from CION makes even 4K and UltraHD editing a smooth experience. CION can provide 59.94fps material ready conformed to 23.98fps for cinematic slow motion in your timeline with no post processing required. AJA Raw utilizes the Cinema DNG format which brings both high-quality and industry standard compatibility with major NLE and finishing tools.