Apertus AXIOM Beta – Your Open Source Camera. An Update and Recent Footage

It has been a while since we last reported about the status of the apertus AXIOM beta camera, so last week I took the opportunity to meet and talk to Sebastian Pichelhofer who is acting as AXIOM’s project leader, association chairman and one of the software developers, in order to find out what is new and in what shape and status the project currently is.  


AXIOM Beta Developers kit

It was nice to hear and see that this unique open source/open hardware motion picture camera system venture is really moving forward to the point where developers and early adopters alike can now already get their kit. Mind you, if you are an “end user” like me, then the camera is NOT YET ready for us as the enclosure and actual  operating system of the camera are still under development. Without those, operating the camera can be a tedious work.

I hope you will take a moment and watch our 21 minutes long interview with the friendly Sebastian, but if you don’t have the time, here are the main discussion points:

  • Over 500 people backed their successful Indiegogo campaign
  • Magic Lantern was assigned to develop the “color science” behind the camera
  • The camera will actually have a few “color science options” to choose from, making it possible to change “film stock” at the click of a button
  • The philosophy of building a “Lego-type camera” hasn’t changed. One will be able to mix and match between different components like lens bayonets, sensor types and such
  • Two kinds of camera enclosures are in the making: a “Lite” 3D-printed version for users who need it now, and a robust version made of aluminium that will serve the majority of future users
  • The guys at Apertus are looking at an SD RAID recording solution for their camera, where users can swap the cards according to their needs themselves
  • EVERYTHING is open to the community to inspect and check, from cost of materials to the actual development status. See full details at the Apertus site here

AXIOM Beta – Camera bords and sensor

I would also recommend heading to this page to watch and download both graded and ungraded sample footage clips taken with the camera.

Guys, what do you think? Is this open-source camera project still as relevant today as it was when it started a few years ago? Or has the current development and offering of modern cameras by various manufacturers made it less desirable? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Eric Wu

I almost forgot about them. Thanks for updating.

Bruno Palmieri

Ricardo olha que legal, uma camera modular…. espero que de certo esse projeto

Ken Rodriguez

The longer they wait the less relevant it becomes.

Back when it was announced, the philosophy AND specs were absolutely groundbreaking.

Camera tech innovates at such a rapid pace. The specs are just okay now. Philosophy of a modular camera still cool, but now it’s more about just having something different, rather than having the best for the cheapest.

Kevin Luiz

Agreed, but given the weight, this is still very relevant for drone usage. Imagine this on a lightweight quad with repeatable motion control such as the 3DR Solo. Again, this widely depends on weight. A super 35 4K DCI with 10 bit or raw would not entirely exist on the market, but yes… they do need to push this a little faster.

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